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Average Cost of Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $50. 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 $5
 
$32 average
$120
45-min $10
 
$43 average
$140
60-min $15
 
$50 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 14% less expensive at $43, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $32.

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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Popular Chess instructors

Michael J.

Milwaukee, WI
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Josh M.

Rockville, MD
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Sergey K.

Schenectady, NY
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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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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.
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Ariana E. March 5, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Mike is very patient with my daughter. My daughter looks forward to and is excited about going to every lesson so far!!

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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alex May 14, 2018
· Chess · Online
EXTREMELY UNRELIABLE
WE SET 3 LESSONS IN ADVANCE .
JOSH DID NOT SHOW UP ONLINE 2ND LESSON IN A ROW
NO ADVANCE NOTES, NO ANSWER, NO APOLOGY
DO NOT RECOMMEND HIM
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Raphael April 30, 2018
· Chess · Online
delays with equipment , kid is happy with lesson, thanks
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Naila October 27, 2017
· Chess · Online

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Schenectady, NY

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I love playing Chess and can teach you how to play as well

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Janet T. May 25, 2018
· Photography · In home
when I made an appointment, I asked if Sergey was familiar with my camera and they said yes. It seemed new to him. But after talking about my fijifilm x100F, I am returning the camera. So overall I did like Sergey and look forward to my next Hour
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McKenna August 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Very helpful!!
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Brent May 30, 2017
· Photography · Online
Sergey taught me about everything I had questions about and also offered suggestions in helping me to better determine the best way to find the career path that is right for me. Rather than hard and fast lessons, it was an opportunity to spend time, one on one, with a professional and learn from his experiences what works and what doesn't.

Siddharth G.

Clarksburg, MD
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Mathew M.

Norristown, PA
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John H.

Long Island City, NY
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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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Dan L. July 19, 2018
· Chess · Online
Great teacher. Smart, patient, easy going, and really knows the game of chess.
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Lillian July 18, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Mr. Siddharth is a good chess teacher with patience. My son enjoyed to learn chess from him.
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Chandu July 17, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Siddharth is a very good chess teacher. My son learned learned a lot in 2 sessions and really enjoyed it.

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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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Rick A. July 12, 2018
· Microsoft Excel · Online
I very much appreciated that Matt would study my Excel problems out of class so that he was prepared to teach me.
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Shan April 23, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Dedicated and passionate chess guide. Great working with him.
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Mallik April 23, 2018
· Chess · Online
Matt is very good instructor. He works with the pace of the student at the same teaching new techniques. Would recommend to anyone learning chess at any level

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Long Island City, NY

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Discover and enjoy a 1,400 year old classic! Whether you're still trying to figure out "how the horsey moves" or wading into tournaments on the regular, I can help you key in on your mistakes, develop a practice regimen, and improve your results at the board.

As a 2000-rated Expert Chess Player and a Chess Teacher for NYC Public Schools, I have the ability to teach to any age level. We'll discuss the great men and women of chess history, tactics, tournament preparation, openings, middlegame plans, and endgames that will help ensure your victory. Come check me out!

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Christina July 2, 2018
· Chess · Online
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Felix H. June 18, 2018
· Chess · Online
John was great! My 10 year old son learned a lot and really enjoyed it.
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Nick June 13, 2018
· Chess · Online
John was terrific! He has a very nice way about him and the delivery of the information is understandable and fun. My son can’t wait for his next lesson. Thank you!

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