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Average Cost of Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $61. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $300 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$37 average
$170
45-min $20
 
$52 average
$240
60-min $20
 
$61 average
$300

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute chess lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute chess lessons are 15% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $37.

Curious how much chess lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best chess teachers .

Chess Lesson Reviews from Students

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Sam C.

Miami Beach, FL
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Josh M.

Rockville, MD
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Hiro H.

Schaumburg, IL
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About Sam C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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My students can expect a lesson that's full of fun, engaging and accompanied by a high level of passion and energy.
I'm result oriented and very dedicated to my students and provide students with a lot of constructive feedback during the lessons.

The lessons are supplemented by several materials: work book problems, live game play, student's game analysis, online resources, classic game review and much more. My custom lesson plans are based on the student's background and experience

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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson

About Josh M.

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Rockville, MD

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I teach chess in school settings and private lessons. The skill of students ranges from beginner to intermediate. Some of my students have ratings up to 1200. I can teach you at your home, at my home, or a public place like a library or coffee shop. A typical lesson will be an hour and include a quick chess puzzle, a substantive and level-appropriate lesson, and a challenge game with analysis. All lessons are very dependent on student level, and may include only some of those components.

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Sophie September 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Very patient, directs well, reinforces concepts.
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Maryann July 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
EXCELLENT teacher. My son LOVED his online lesson which Josh made seamless. Looking forward to having my son take more lessons with Josh. He makes in fun to learn the game.
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Ishika July 11, 2017
· Chess · Online
Josh was on time.My child was very comfortable with him. Had some good learning today. Great teacher!!!

About Hiro H.

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Class A (USCF rating of 1800-1999), ready to improve your game!
My objective is to help you get better at the game of chess. Playing chess can improve your ability to focus deeper.

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sharath K. October 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Tina September 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Owen C. September 20, 2017
· Chess · Online
Fantastic instructor, very patient with kids and explains very well. Highly recommend.

Thomas H.

Chicago, IL
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Manasi B.

Austin, TX
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Mark J.

North Tonawanda, NY
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About Thomas H.

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Chicago, IL
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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.

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Aleah P. October 17, 2017
· Chess · In home
Good teacher
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Myat L. September 29, 2016
· Chess · In home
I just want to say, "I am very pleased working with Thomas." I never thought that I could master the game of chess especially by being impatient and a slower learner. This is my fourth lesson and I have already played a game of chess. Thank You So Much, Thomas. I can't wait until my next lessons.
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Barbara September 19, 2016
· Chess · In home
What an easy going and patient young man. So far, so good!

About Manasi B.

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Austin, TX

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Taking one step at a time is the key to teaching this game. The more you practice, the better you get at it!

Trivia time: Chess originated in India and is called Chaduranga in Sanskrit

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joseph September 29, 2017
· Chess · Online
Manasi works with my 6 year old daughter. She is very patient and does a good job teaching my daughter. She started out with fundamentals and is now moving more into the strategy of the game of chess. I highly recommend Manasi.
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Jayagowri September 8, 2017
· Chess · In home
Manasi is very professional and she is excellent in handling kids.She has a clear lesson plan.My kid is so excited every time when he goes to chess class.
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Ram August 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Manasi was very good in getting across the right concepts for the kids. She was well prepared and interacted well with the kids. She repeated a few complex concepts till the kids got it well. The kids loved it and were excited to learn more. Thanks!

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!

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Sevi October 7, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Sheela R. October 6, 2017
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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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