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Average Cost of Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $15 and $150 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$39 average
$120
45-min $15
 
$52 average
$140
60-min $15
 
$64 average
$150

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 19% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $39.

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

Students are raving about their Chess instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

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Popular Chess instructors

Michael J.

Milwaukee, WI

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Sam C.

Miami, FL

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Josh M.

Hummelstown, PA

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About Michael J.

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Milwaukee, WI
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Michael J. has been a chess instructor for a private chess academy since 2008. He has taught in numerous schools in the Milwaukee area working with groups as small as 4 to as large as 30.

Michael has also given private individual lessons to students wishing to advance their chess playing skills. Michael focuses his instruction on basic strategy, traditional maneuvers, thinking ahead, mathematical ties to chess and basic movement.

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Charlie J. February 8, 2019
· Chess · In studio
What a wonderful teavher Michael is! Instructive, kind, and patient with my 8 year old son, Michael is a great choice for kids. I recommend him highly! Thanks Mighael for the great work that you do!
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Pat B. April 16, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm an old fart but I'm learning! =D
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Cliff E. April 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Patient, knowledgeable, and affable.

About Sam C.

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Miami, 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.
Lessons will mainly focus on students strength and weaknesses, through many different means. 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. But I always try to make it fun!

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Rodrigo Z. April 23, 2019
· Chess · In home
Great instructor! Sam's a fantastic and fun teacher and our kids love working with him. He's really good at what he does and he's a master player as well!
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Alejandro October 18, 2018
· Chess · Online
Steller chess teacher!
Sam, is just such a great instructor. He's highly educated and professional and brings a wealth of knowledge to each chess lessons. He really went out of his way to connect with my 10 year old son-He's fantastic with children. Sam, convinced my son to play in tournaments and in the past 6 months, his rating has gone up by 700 USCF points! I could not be happier- Thank you Sam!
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Dr. Cedeno September 7, 2018
· Chess · In home
I normally don’t leave reviews, but after gone trough a few mediocre chess teachers, we are so happy we found Sam and I wanted to take a minute to say that Sam is an phenomenal chess teacher, our children( girl and boy, 6 & 9 ) Love his lessons and have grown so much in terms of chess skill level. Sam is very professional, super patient and uses exceptional effective teaching methods. He’s the best chess teacher we have found in south Florida, after years of changing teachers! Thank you Sam!

About Josh M.

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Hummelstown, PA

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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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Olivia January 5, 2019
· Chess · Online
Josh is easygoing. He clicked with my child from the first lesson on. We cannot wait for the next lesson to start. After Josh, My child is spending good amount of time on the computer playing chess.
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Alper December 31, 2018
· Chess · Online
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Alex July 23, 2018
· Chess · Online
Josh is patient, thoughtful , soft spoken and knowledgeable,
He holds my 9 year old son glued to lesson without any interruption
Thank you

Siddharth G.

Clarksburg, MD

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Mathew M.

Norristown, PA

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Atousa P.

Encino, CA

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About Siddharth G.

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Clarksburg, MD

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I have been teaching chess for 3 years and my students have gone on to tournament level and won competitions. Within the first few lessons, my students have developed a deeper understanding of chess strategies As the progressed further in their lessons they have developed special moves to win the chess games. I take pride in my students' success and love working with them. I do provide tournament chess boards for my students.

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Ji-Won Son May 17, 2019
· Chess · Online
This is a first lesson and my daughter loves his lession.
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RupaRani A. May 14, 2019
· Chess · Online
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Ritwik April 13, 2019
· Chess · Online
Excellent!

About Mathew M.

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Norristown, PA

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I have been coaching chess for many years. What makes chess lessons unique with me is that I make the chess lessons exciting, fun to learn, I point out mistakes/weaknesses in a very kind way, I give good examples of moves/positions relate to real life, I teach people the psychology of playing chess, and I improve people's game through love and repetition. I teach several opening variations as well as middle-game and end-game tactics. But I focus on what people's weaknesses are and I make those weaknesses their greatest strength.

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John G January 14, 2019
· Chess · In home
I was stuck in a rut and unsure about how to improve my chess game. After a few lesson with Matt I feel a lot better about where I am at, and have been steadily improving over the last few weeks. Matt was able to figuring out why I was stuck, and what I needed to work on to get my chess abilities to the next level. Would highly recommend him for anyone who is looking to improve their game!
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Emmit November 23, 2018
· Chess ·
Matt is a good teacher and a personable guy. Lessons are explained very well. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to advance their game !!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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Leo November 20, 2018
· Chess · Online
Mathew is an excellent teacher. He's patient, understanding, and knowledgable.

About Atousa P.

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Encino, CA

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Learn Chess from a Woman Chess Grand Master!

She's been teaching chess from beginner to advanced level for more than 10 years.
She's been playing chess professionally Since 1996.

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Merow F. May 19, 2019
· Chess · In home
Absolutely amazing every single time. My son is completely engaged and learning so much! The whole family loves Atousa and is grateful to have her as part of our village!
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Francesca May 7, 2019
· Chess · In home
She was fantastic. We all loved her. Very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.
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John M. April 10, 2019
· Chess · Online
Atousa taught me many new concepts that I hadn’t seen before and wouldn’t have been able to discover without her help.

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