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Danial A.

21 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded 5 Time National Chess Champion from United States Chess Federation
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Danial A.

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At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion and am currently the #1 18-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patient, inspiring, and hardworking chess coaches none of this would have been possible.

I began to play chess at 7 years old and after my coach ended our first class by saying, "Every champion was once a beginner" my youthful imagination ran wild and I was hooked. My early development in chess proved to be nontraditional where my structured classes provided by my school were supplemented by the aggressive, unconventional playing styles I learned from spending my weekends sneaking games in with hustlers at my local chess park. Yet learning these vastly different approaches to the game allowed me to become a more complete player, and after 6 weeks of practice, I could beat every kid in my class and almost defeated my coach. ...

About Danial

At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion and am currently the #1 18-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patient, inspiring, and hardworking ch

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William
Danial was fantastic, super enjoyable and helpful! Would definitely recommend!
Sabina Merchant
My 7 year old started playing chess last year, and Danial has been instrumental in improving my son's game dramatically. Danial is patient, a good listener, and an excellent teacher. Being so young himself, he is able to relate with my son, and teach him effectively, making him think, analyze, and even grasp difficult concepts easily. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher.
William N.
Danial is the best! As a complete beginner, I felt nervous learning from such an experienced couch, but Danial was kind, encouraging, and really improved my chess game! Danial's instructions were clear, insightful, and extremely valuable. Overall, I would highly recommend taking lessons from Danial no matter your age or skill level.
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Thomas H.

24 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Thomas H.

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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, teac

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Chuck R.
Very helpful. Exactly what I signed up for. Recommend Thomas highly. Good guy.
Chuck R.
Very helpful and informative.
Chuck R.
Best way to learn weaknesses and improve on them. Thomas is the perfect solution.
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Jasmine L.

10 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks Italian, Spanish, Tagalog
  • Masters of Public Policy from UCLA
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Jasmine L.

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We will go over rules and basic strategies, and of course, play!

About Jasmine

I love to teach and tutor kids and adults of all ages in many different subjects. I pride myself in customizing my lessons to suit each individual's learning style and goals. I try to keep my lessons fun and relaxed while ensuring that we still work hard and learn.

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isabella P.
She is very patience with my daughter! Great!
Chloe
She said she couldn’t help me unless we were on zoom. No one told me this and I don’t know how to do zoom. So then she told me to connect to her on the computer and not my phone so I tried that. That didn’t work. So she looked at my screen and told me it was blurry. Then after all that we lost connection and she was unwilling to reschedule so I could actually get what I paid for which was help!!! All my other teachers on here have been good, but I can’t recommend jasmine as it was a complete waste of my money.
Jane S.
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Atousa P.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $59
  • Speaks English, Farsi, Russian
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Awarded World Youth Champion from International Chess Federation
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Atousa P.

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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.

About Atousa

Becoming the world youth champion at 12 and chess Grand Master at 20, would have never been possible without receiving the best chess lessons from my trainers and coaches. Everyone needs guidance in chess, I’m here to share my knowledge with you. Despite being a professional chess player since I

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Neil S.
Very knowledgeable and patient teacher.
Jay
Attousa,

Was absolutely exquisite. Very patient and also informative. I felt very comfortable and informed after our lesson. Looking forward to more. Thank you.
Stefan
I realize I should have started taking lessons earlier! I started playing chess as an adult, and after one lesson I feel I now know what to start focusing on. Atousa is extremely professional and a very nice and patient instructor that works with a structured approach to find out where your weaknesses and strengths lie. I strongly recommend Atousa as an instructor.
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Joshua S.

44 Reviews
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  • Awarded Third Place, World Championship of Public Speaking - Regionals from Toastmasters International
  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • Teaches Beginner
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Joshua S.

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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 a

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Sohum
A wonderful teacher who genuinely listens,

He understands public speaking to the point where it’s art for him. His techniques are original and are crafted for the current world. He’s an internationally recognized, high-end speaking coach.
Yolanda R.
Very energetic and knows his craft.
Giammarco
Very insightful and fun learning!
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Siddharth G.

78 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
  • Bachelor Business Management and Textile Technology from De Monte University
  • Teaching since 2014
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Siddharth G.

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I have been teaching chess for six 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 they 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.

About Siddharth

Hi there, my name is Siddharth and I have been teaching chess in public and private schools, including private lessons, over the last six years. I love to see students grow with each lesson and accomplish their goals. Under my tutelage, I have helped students advance from beginner level to tourn

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Bhawna
He uses example games and turns them into puzzles, making it very useful to see how certain chess tactics have been applied in real life games, The puzzles then allow the student to apply those tactics. Very useful!
Bhawna
Goes at the student’s pace, and allows them to take their time... Is very patient with them, and is willing to explore their own strategies, so that the student can see their own mistakes. This makes for a more constructive lesson, with the student being able to improve their skills in a tailored like lesson. Siddharth also attempts to understand how the student is thinking, to see it from their perspective.
christopher
So far we are really pleased with Siddharth. He is very patient and works well with my son. The lessons are engaging and fun. My son looks forward to his lesson each week.

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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 location, you should expect to spend between $24 and $160 per hour.
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Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"Kyle is an awesome teacher! My 8 year old son learns so much at each and every class!"
Frances Chen
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Josh was patient, thoughtful, and polite! He did an excellent job setting up our first lesson and really was invested in teaching our daughter as much as he could during our session. An excellent role model for children and very easy to talk to as an adult. We recommend!"
Emmanuelle
Took Chess lessons from Joshua F.
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"My son is 8 years old and has been taking classes from Daniel for almost a year. Danial is very professional, and patient. Danial is very good at guiding the student through the thinking/analyzing process step by step by asking questions instead of just telling the student what to do. My son has learnt a lot from him, and always look forward to his next session."
Khatidja
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
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"I enjoyed taking lessons with Mr.Siddharth. He was a really cool instructor I could talk to and easily forget about time. It's always good to be so engaged with what you are learning that you put all your focus into the subject, and he easily allowed that. I even went over time in my first lesson, we were both so engaged!

I highly recommend Mr.Siddharth as an instructor. I am a relatively advanced player, but I can see how his wisdom can transfer over to beginners and intermediates. I will consider even more lessons in the future. One small caveat was his small bouts of absent-mindedness (moving the wrong piece, forgetting what as the last move), but that never caused so much confusion I didn't know what was going on.

Overall, he doesn't disappoint. Book a lesson with him, and you'll learn something."
Tristan
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"my 8 yo son is a beginner. Eric was very nice and patient.
easy to follow instructions and promotes thinking behind every move.
great fun. highly recommend."
joseph
Took Chess lessons from Eric S.
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"My son has loved his chess lessons with Atousa. He participates in his lessons with a friend which is a great competitive experience. When two teenage boys happily put down their gaming controls to learn chess with Atousa, it demonstrates the best evidence I can think of to the high quality of Atousa’s teaching."
Allie
Took Chess lessons from Atousa P.
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"The teacher young , but my son likes him. More accessible. He feel he can understand better . When the first lesson finish. My son very exciting!
The teacher know how can let student love chess!"
Derrick
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
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"Eric was just amazing. He has so much patience with my 8 year old daughter. He is very knowledgeable and explained the game so she could understand. Shes just a beginner but definitely enjoyed her first sessions. I would recommend Eric."
Laila
Took Chess lessons from Eric S.
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"My experience as working along with Sid as his Chess Aide at various school locations; is he has excellent classroom management skills which in turn the students grasp the lessons more quickly. Also, the students are more engaged in the lessons as well. He is aware of making sure all students understand how each piece moves and knows what to do at the end of each lesson before they play a game. He praises each student on their ability and knowledge of chess and helpful with others who are still learning the basics. As a chess aide and helper for Sid, I thoroughly enjoy working with someone who has great enthusiasm!"
Joanne
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"Dipankar has been an absolute wonder for my chess improvement; after only one lesson! He has a real talent for finding one's weaknesses in their play simply by quickly analyzing their games which is a huge asset. Secondly, he also takes time to not only give you areas to work on, but also the means and resources to do so. Dipankar was constantly giving me advice as weeks went by and has been coaching me regardless of wether or not I am in a lesson! He is a natural teacher and a stellar guy. I recommend him for anyone looking to improve their chess."
Brett
Took Chess lessons from Dipankar G.
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Private Chess Lessons Near You

Nearly 15 centuries old, the game of chess originated in northern India in the sixth century C.E. The game then found its way to Persia, where it was adopted by Muslims after Arab conquests. With the Moorish invasion of Spain, chess found its way to Europe, where modern our modern rules of the game were developed. 

Chess tournaments began in the late 1800s and during the 20th century, advances in chess strategy and theory became increasingly prevalent. The computer completely changed the way people play, learn, and train for chess tournaments, as chess engines and databases began tracking and recording chess moves and strategies. 

Apart from the strategy of the game, chessboards and pieces are veritable works of arts. With one king and one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and two pawns, chessboards make attractive and fun centerpieces. If you want to learn more about playing chess, beat the computer, or love the game and want to learn to play like the greats — Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, or another — then studying with a private chess teacher can help you master the chessboard. 

Why Learn to Play Chess?

Often seen as a brainy game, it might not be surprising to learn that chess is very good for your brain. Regular chess playing triggers the growth of dendrites, which help conduct brain activity in general and more specifically in the prefrontal cortex (responsible for judgment, planning, and self-control). Chess play has also been shown to increase IQ, stave of dementia, develop creativity, and improve reading comprehension. Chess players really do train and work-out their brains, getting smarter with every move. 

Chess is also a great game for meeting new people and making friends. You can join a chess club, become a member of the World Chess Federation, or play in tournaments. As you win games (and lose) games, you'll gain self-confidence and improve your problem solving skills. You'll also develop lasting friendships with like-minded individuals. 

The Best Way to Learn Chess and What You'll Study in Lessons

Sure, you can find plenty of free chess classes online, but the best way to learn to play chess fast is by studying with a private chess tutor. Every private lesson is different. For example, chess lessons for adults differ from chess classes for children in terms of teaching style, training approach, and content. Plus, your tutor will customize each lesson to keep you motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Chess

If you've never played chess or have just a little experience, then beginner lessons are for you. In these lessons, you'll be introduced to the rules of chess and some beginner strategies to help you improve and understand the nature of the game. Your beginner chess teacher might cover the following subjects:

  • Learn the rules of the game
  • Study opening strategies
  • Learn how to apply opening strategies to play
  • Understand counting
  • Open vs. closed positions

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Chess

If you've had some experience playing chess, but want to take your skills and stratagems to the next level, then intermediate lessons are for you. In these lessons, you'll challenge increasingly complex opponent strategies and learn to develop your own techniques. Your intermediate chess tutor might cover the following topics:

  • The Petroff Defense
  • Playing fluid positions
  • Learn to develop pieces
  • Understand the concept of delayed attacks
  • Finding your opponent's weak spots

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Chess

Advanced lessons are intended for expert professional chess players to continue to develop their skills and challenge themselves to improve their game. In these classes, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional to improve your techniques, recognize your opponent's intentions, and more. The subjects studied in advanced lessons depend greatly on each student's goals and interests, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Recognize and avoid traps or poised pawns
  • Study the game's dynamics and tension
  • Learn to make highly strategic exchanges
  • Use computer chess to explore strategies
  • Competition and tournament preparation

How to Find a Chess Teacher Near You

Ready to master the chessboard with the help of a private teacher? You're in luck because finding a chess tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A simple search for a chess teacher near you will direct you to a long list of highly qualified and experience chess teachers. Before choosing the tutor who's right for you, we recommend looking at several profiles and reading through reviews left by other chess students, like you. 

The price of chess classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you should have no problem finding a tutor who fits your budget and your schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off quickly, as you learn new strategies quickly and improve your skills after only a single lesson!