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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I have experience teaching young students, including children and can create fun and inventive ways of teach beginners the basics of chess.

I've been playing chess since I was about 10 years old and I've taught several other people the basics of playing chess, including small children.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About John Michael D.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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I love Chess and have been playing for years! Contact me today to see how I can help you!

About John Michael
Hello, and thanks for taking an interest in me! My name is John and I love teaching anything to anybody, from Math all the way down to tying your shoes. The main subjects I teach in are Math and Science, with extreme competency in Math all the way up to Calculus. I have been teaching all my life, but have been professionally teaching Math for more than 2 years, and am currently the lead instructor at Mathnasium. If you need help in Astronomy, I'm your guy. Astronomy is a huge passion of mine and I could talk about it for hours! I am currently a student and pursuing a degree in both Physics and Astronomy. Please contact me to confirm scheduling (busy schedule due to classes). If you would like me to help you become better at Math or really anything in the same subject area, please don't hesitate to contact me! Thanks!
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Alexandra June 22, 2017
· ASVAB · Online
He was not prepared, my lesson started a 12:00pm ended at 1:00pm during the whole time we didn't start the lesson. Would not recommend.
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Gina June 18, 2017
· Chess · Online
John is a natural - patient, informed and appreciative of my enthusiastic nature about chess. Nice guy. Pick him!
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Sridevi G. February 27, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
Very good lesson. John Michael has lots of talent in teaching math.
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About Florin F.

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Evanston, IL

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Experienced International Master ready to help teach how to advance to the next level.

About Florin
I am an International Master and 2015 co-champion of the State of Illinois. I have been coaching full time since 2011 and helping players increase their rating and get more wins!
If you have any questions at all send me a message and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Also if you do not see a certain time slot available you can check with me to see if indeed that slot is taken.

For lessons I typically use Dasher:

https://www.chessclub.com/download-software/dasher
and Skype (audio only).
You could try to use the iOS version (https://www.chessclub.com/downloads) instead but it has a few more glitches than the Windows version.

You can get a free 30 day trial on ICC (Internet Chess Club) after that it will be $10/month but it is the best chess server out there for finding the right kind of players.

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am only accepting online lessons, thanks for stopping by!
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David J. June 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
Florin is a great instructor. I asked my son (age 12) if he used any of Florin's advice/teachings in his latest chess tournament, and he said, "Yes! I used EVERYTHING he taught me." :)
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Alex April 5, 2017
· Chess · In studio
We had great conversation in general and insights in chess. Florin is very engaging and great individual. Overjoyed to have met him. Alex
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Kevin January 4, 2017
· Chess · Online
What a great instructor! After six months of lessons I can say, without a doubt, Florin is the best instructor anyone could hope for. Florin is very knowledgeable and helped me improve my game more than I could ever imagine. He is patient and takes the time to explain difficult concepts. It is not everyday you get the opportunity to receive lessons from an International Master.
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Florin F.

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Skokie, IL

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Learn the basics of chess or how to improve your game if you already know how to play

About Jean-Marc
Hi, there! My name is Jean-Marc and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a software
engineer. I have been teaching computer technology lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students excel in programming, web development, and productivity programs. I went to The University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in Computer Science in 2017. My teaching style is patient, thorough and detail oriented. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Skills:
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KW September 12, 2017
· Microsoft Excel · Online
Jean definitely has the heart of a teacher as he explained everything in the simplest form to make it easier to understand. He answered every question with a thorough answer and made sure that I knew what I was doing before he got off the phone. I would definitely recommend him!
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John August 7, 2017
· Computer Programming · Online
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Ravi Raghavan July 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
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About Iara C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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I can combine a fun time for kids combined with a lifetime learning experience. Bring together students who share the same interests in the art of the chess game. Improve their logical thinking and problem solving thru lessons and puzzles. Enhance student knowledge, way of thinking and planning within this area of interest, helping them to apply that to other academic activities. Entertain the students thru a very interesting game, where they can learn, play and have fun at the same time.

About Iara
Hi, there! My name is Iara C. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2000 and have loved helping my students to learn and have fun. As a professional chess player, there is a lot I've learned about this amazing game, how beneficial it can be and what an amazing tool to help thru the academics world!
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Iara C.

Iara C.

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About Mark J.

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North Tonawanda, NY

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I have been coaching students of all ages for the past decade. I am currently coaching for Kids Play Chess in elementary and middle schools while working on improving myself (I intend to become a GM within the next 10 years). I have also taught chess in high school and college environments. I've to chosen to begin coaching 1 on 1 so I can develop more personalized regimens for my students and get the most out of my time and yours. I am currently rated 1900 USCF and have been playing for the past 25 years (since I was three). I would love for you to come and join me on an adventure to become the best chess players possible while having fun along the way!

About Mark
I find that even though chess is a calculated game of strategy, it is important to utilize creativity and critical thinking skills alongside a strong fundamental base. With that being said, chess has one variable component: the players. When coaching it's important to realize what your students' strengths and weaknesses are in order to maximize progress.
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Sevi October 7, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Raymond W. September 28, 2017
· Chess · Online
Mark and I had a great time! He's very knowledegable and isn't afraid to share his secrets to winning chess. I also appreciate his flexibility in answering my questions about openings and then playing a couple of games.
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About Jeremy G.

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Ithaca, NY
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I have been playing chess since I was five years old and I have reached the rank of National Master. I have currently a sophomore at Cornell University. I have privately taught five kids in chess for multiple years while I was in High School. I always start by diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses of my students and then developing a lesson plan. Please contact me if you have any questions.

About Jeremy
Hi, I am Jeremy Glassman and I am a sophomore at Cornell University's College of Engineering. I am double majoring in Operations Research and Computer Science. I started playing chess when I was five years old, and have loved it since. I am currently a National Master (Above 2200 ELO). Chess is a great way to improve your mental capabilities while having fun at the same time. If you want to know more about me, just send me a message.
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Dylan August 9, 2017
· Chess · In home
He was great with my kid, Max. Extremely nice and courteous, he greatly improved the skill level of Max, increasing his rating from 1000 to 1500 in a year.
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About Maxim D.

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I was a World Junior Champion and the best blitz chess player in the world, also ranking in the top 40 in the world and top 2 in the United States. As a chess coach, I have worked with World Champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov to prepare them for important matches. Recently, as I have started my own Chess Academy, my students have won 3 National titles in their age group, one World Under 12 championship title, and one North American title for girls under 16 of age. I have dozens of who under my tutelage students quickly became top 50 in their age group in the United States.
I have created a unique proprietary chess program that takes students from beginner to master in two to three years. Studying with me will save you time and will be the most cost-effective way to study chess.
Take lessons with one of the best coaches in North America and start enjoying the benefits of a professional chess coach now!

About Maxim
As a real chess professional who has competed on World championship level and was the best chess player in the world aged 15-20, I have immense experience in bringing our talent in all students. With enough dedication any of my students can reach the master level in two to three years.
I have an engaging style with a good sense of humor so kids and adults find the time spent with me entertaining and productive.
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About Matthew C.

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New York, NY

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Hi, I'm Matt! I am a full time chess teacher/tutor. Over the last 6 years I have worked with over 100 students of all ages. At the age of 19, I earned the title of Chess Expert from the United States Chess Federation. I have taught both children and adults. I have experience teaching in large classroom settings and in one-on-one sessions.

For new players and beginners, my curriculum focuses on building a strong foundation of the rules, chess tactics, chess theory as well as a brief history of some of the best chess players of all time.

For the more advanced players, we focus more on the most recent chess theory and opening theory. If you have interest in competing in chess tournaments, I will analyze your games and prepare strategies.

I look forward to exploring the world of chess with all my students.

About Matthew
Hi, I'm Matt! I am a full time chess teacher/tutor. Over the last 6 years I have worked with over 100 students of all ages. At the age of 19, I earned the title of Chess Expert from the United States Chess Federation. I have taught both children and adults. I have experience teaching in large classroom settings and in one-on-one sessions.

For new players and beginners, my curriculum focuses on building a strong foundation of the rules, chess tactics, chess theory as well as a brief history of some of the best chess players of all time.

For the more advanced players, we focus more on the most recent chess theory and opening theory. If you have interest in competing in chess tournaments, I will analyze your games and prepare strategies.

I have been a magic Teacher/Tutor for 3 years and a professional magician for 4. I specialize in
close up magic, Slight of hand, and card tricks. All skill levels welcome! I promise after our first lesson you will be performing powerful, fooling magic. I have tons of experience with kids. I teach two weekly magic after school classes and have an entire curriculum of tricks designed for kids. I am a regular performer at A taste of magic a weekly magic show in Manhattan.

Whether you want to learn a card trick to impress your coworkers, your 7 year old got there first magic kit and cant stop preforming or this is your hobby and want to improve your slights/performance/patter I am absolutely the magic tutor for you.

I look forward to exploring the world of chess and magic with all my students.
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