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Dennis U.

2 Reviews
Los Angeles, CA
Starting at $60
  • Speaks some japanese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • psychology / bio sciences from ucla
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Dennis U.

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I have been playing chess for well over 30 years. I have taught one on one
children and adults for about 10 years. I have great patience when I teach
students never believing that any concept is too difficult to understand or
master. I have a love for the game that I want to instill in others
I have hundreds of chess books and have gotten to know lots of chessplayers
throughout the years. I do my best to have my students gain and UNDERSTANDING of the game rather than just rote memorization.

About Dennis

I have been playing chess for 30 + years and have a USCF expert rating. I have taught chess in afterschool programs and one on one in homes for over 10 years. I feel I have great patience especially with young children as their attention span is usually not that long. I have taught children as y

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Liam H.
My son looks forward to his weekly chess lesson with Dennis
Charles C.
very good
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Jessica U.

38 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $20
  • Speaks American Sign Language
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelor's Degree - English - Creative Writing from California State University Long Beach
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Jessica U.

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Chess is a great hobby for children and adults alike! Learning chess helps develop and improve critical thinking skills, patience, problem solving skills, and memory, as well as being an incredibly fun game to play. I've been playing chess since I was a child, though recently, as an adult, my love for the game truly ignited. I understand how complex of a game chess is, and I will help you gain a strong grasp over the main concepts involved in the game at whatever pace you prefer. I've been teaching chess for over two years now (through private lessons and at the Los Angeles Chess Club) and my lessons are as fun and engaging as they are educational. We will analyze historical chess games, as well as games that you've played, where we'll learn about common openings, tactical motifs, mating patterns, theoretical endgames, and so much more in our lessons. Whether this is your first time seeing a chess board in your whole life or if you've been a casual player for years, I can help you ...

About Jessica

Hello, I'm Jessica! I can't wait to help you learn more about chess! I've been teaching at the Los Angeles Chess Club and through private lessons for almost two years now and I love watching my students improve. I've been playing chess for many years now and I spend multiple hours a day improving my

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WENJING
This chess teacher is a 5 rating, you must learn with this teacher.
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Mariluz
Challenging but Great class!
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Jameson T.

2 Reviews
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Starting at $34
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2016
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Jameson T.

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I have experience teaching beginners and intermediate players for the last 5 years. Incredibly flexible with the schedule and the amount of time is up to you!

About Jameson

I am an active tournament player and director. At the moment, I am a Class A player actively improving. Currently I have experience teaching both beginners and intermediate players. My schedule for the lessons will work around you. The first lesson I will assess your game through games played and se

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Daniel
If you're a self-taught chess player that's hit a plateau, and are looking for a coach that's knowledgeable, a good listener, and knows how to help you grow from where you currently are - I'd highly recommend Jameson.

He doesn't spoonfeed you concepts, but instead shows just enough and allows you to work them out yourself, which is how I prefer to learn anyway. Also, he carefully looks over your games to find patterns, areas of improvement, and the habits that are leading to your victories or defeats.

He's not just a knowledgeable chess player, it's clear that he's an experienced chess coach.
Grayson
Has a deep understanding of chess and is able to explain things well
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Thomas H.

33 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2012
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Thomas H.

33 Reviews
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Beginning students can expect to learn piece movement, game rules, point value, notation, opening theory, pawn structure, en passant, check v. Checkmate v. Stalemate, pawn promotion, castling, and more. Intermediate students can expect to quickly refresh on all the above as well as learn techniques like pins, forks, skewers, discovered check, double threat, advanced openings, end game theory, tournament prep, and so much more.

About Thomas

"Good things come to those who know chess." -Thomas H. A bit about myself, I started playing chess at the age of 9 and have been playing ever since. I have been apart of several championship teams, and I have achieved many individual honors as well. I currently play chess professionally, teach

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Giovani
So far, great!
Tiffany
just makes me want to always play chess forever and ever and ever and ever hi Mr. Thomas see you on the next chess lessons bye and can you keep teaching.
Tiffany
best chess teacher ever!!!!!!
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Andrew H.

31 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks
  • Teaching since 1995
  • BA Finance from Bentley College
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Andrew H.

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I am a passionate chess coach available for instruction of all levels. I have been teaching for over 10 years in many schools and training private students. I have helped establish top chess teams recently including NEST+M, PS33, and Success Academy.

Several of my students achieved highest performance awards - top 100 in the country, two of which are now rated as high as 2300. I have taught an advanced class with chess world champion Magnus Carlsen. I make learning and playing chess enjoyable and fun. I have achieved a Candidate Master title with FIDE and USCF ratings of approximately 2100.

I have a business degree in finance from Bentley University and have worked several years on Wall Street. I enjoy all aspects of risk management and how it combines elements along with chess. I love working with children and have a strong track record of making many strong relationships. You will not find a more dedicated coach. My average student gains 200-800 points in strength quickly! ...

About Andrew

I am a cool, energetic, and savvy instructor with a lot of experience. I've taught thousands of students over the years in schools and individually with a strong track record for gaining positive results. I have even taught a class at a chess camp with World Champion Magnus Carlsen. I am extrem

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Andrew was a wonderful instructor! I look forward to taking another lesson!
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Joshua S.

51 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English
  • Awarded Third Place, World Championship of Public Speaking - Regionals from Toastmasters International
  • BFA Theatre from University of Southern California
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Joshua S.

51 Reviews
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I have been playing chess for 35 years. I play generally three times a week and win regularly. I have taught the game to over 100 people in my life. I mentor a number of young people who strongly believe that my chess instruction and the applicable thought logic lessons I inculcate have escalated their job options. I prefer students at the introductory levels to eliminate bad habits.

About Joshua

Mr. S is an accomplished public speaker (Third place in the Regionals for the 2006 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking and over 40 wins in various speech contests). He is also an avid, and successful poker player. By profession, Mr. S is a distinguished corporate, communication an

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Eli
Joshua's great! He's full of knowledge, high energy, and ready to share it with you. I recommend taking one of his sessions to improve your skills, whether it be in chess, poker, public speaking, or any of the other awesome courses he teaches!
Joshua T.
Joshua is wonderful and I recommend you take his lessons!
Michael Cohen
Very knowledgeable. Gave me some good perspectives that I think will help my game significantly.

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The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons in Van Nuys is $78. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $34 and $210 per hour.
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Divya Kestur
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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Fred
Took Chess lessons from Melissa M.
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"Dipankar is very knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated. I received lessons from him for 6 months and in that time I scored 1st place in the unrated category in my first chess tournament and went on to improve my rating by 200 points.
I highly recommend Dipankar for chess lessons!"
Jennifer
Took Chess lessons from Dipankar G.
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"Had a nice online 1-hour lesson with Kyle, who helped me with some of my questions I had in certain position. Helped me realize which parts of the game I had to work on more."
Elad
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Siddharth is an excellent teacher. He was able to quickly assess my daughter's skill level and begin teaching her foundation and strategy to improve her game. Very patient and good with children. Highly recommended."
Shradha
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"Siddharth is an excellent teacher. My son goes to beginners chess class and he totally loves it."
Siri
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"I am new to chess will likely be a happy newbie for ever. I appreciate Daniel’s patience and willingness to explain details, sometimes multiple times, and answer basic questions about terminology, how to navigate chess sites, etc.
He is flexible with his lesson plans and adjusts them to meet the needs of his student."
Susie
Took Chess lessons from Daniel L.
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"Mr.Siddharth is a great coach. My kids love him and the lessons he teaches. They were able to quickly learn the basics and new tricks. He spends lot of time with my kids playing against them and help improve their moves. I strongly recommend Mr.Siddharth for chess coaching."
Raj
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"thanks for having me over"
Govardhana
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"My Black sons learning chess from a Black instructor was amazingly indescribable. Thomas gets an A+ from us!"
Josiah,
Took Chess lessons from Thomas H.
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