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Thomas H.

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  • 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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Deborah W.
This was great. He was extremely through and detailed. I was absorbed by the lesson and never looked at the clock. Looking forward to many future lessons.
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Great patience and positive energy
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Atousa P.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Farsi, Russian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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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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Matthew
Had a great first lesson. Can't wait for the next two!
Paul touchette
Great experience
Larry
My first chess lesson with Atousa was WONDERFUL! Besides being a chess Grandmaster with a thorough grasp on the entire game, she was also personable, engaging, encouraging, and willing to work with me (although I am not a very good player yet). I thoroughly enjoyed working with her, and am looking forward to future lessons and becoming a better player.
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Joshua S.

38 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1999
  • Awarded Third Place, World Championship of Public Speaking - Regionals from Toastmasters International
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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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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Vikas
Learn poker the right way. Joshua explains and guides you with subtle points that are rare to find in other learning settings. He also offers other classes which are of great value and insight.
Diego
Joshua is a great teacher and very knowledgeable in Poker. He understands where you are at and will help you to improve your game.
YUKI ITO
Joshua is the most amazing teacher that we have ever met. His teaching style opened my daughter's eyes wide to figure out what the real public speaking stands for.
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Kyle B.

37 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2019
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Kyle B.

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I'm a passionate chess player with an extensive knowledge of chess theory who specializes in teaching beginner/intermediate (up to ~1600 USCF) players of all ages. Lessons will be personalized to focus on student's weaknesses and areas of needed improvement, as well as generalized chess instruction. Chess is a great platform to improve critical thinking skills and one's ability to focus, as well as a great way to have fun. My lessons will help you or your children gain an understanding of the art of chess and improve your confidence and ability to play the game.

About Kyle

I'm a class B (almost class A) player who has been playing chess seriously for just over a year, though I've been playing the game since I was a child. I regularly play in competitive over-the-board tournaments, as well as playing daily online. I have an International Master as a coach, so I am con

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Eli K.

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  • Speaks Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Eli K.

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As soon as you get to understand chess well, you'll begin to see it's beauty and depth. Each game is an adventure. I love chess, and that is my perspective of the old and romantic game of kings and queens. I also enjoy teaching it that way, as it makes the game fun to learn and play.

About Eli

Chess can be confusing and difficult sometimes, but really all you need is someone who loves chess to help you love it, and see it for its beauty. We'll play a few games together, so I see where what level you're at, then take you from there. From a beginners level, up to advanced, showing you the

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Colton Y.
Eli is super knowledgeable with Chess, knows great ways to teach my child in an encouraging and challenging manners.
Nieves
Polite and very good teacher. Was very patient and had great knowledge of the game.
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Siddharth G.

66 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches students 5 to 65
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Siddharth G.

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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.

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 three 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 tou

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Dipti
Great teacher and my daughter really loves her class. He is very patient with kids.
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Nicole
Great teacher! I had my first lesson tonight and I learned so much in that 45 minute period! Excellent teacher in every way: patient, friendly, smart, super knowledgeable, and forces you to think without overdoing it. I can't wait for the next lesson.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing chess teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream chess teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $89. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $240 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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"He explained a lot stuff"
Ava
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Danial is a very strong chess player who has a lot of knowledge on the game! Fun lesson and I learned a lo!"
Michael
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
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"kyle is awesome he is awesome at chess you should have him to"
Dara
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Matt as my first chess coach and has greatly increased my understanding of chess. My games are now competitive with players 400 to 600 rating points above me and I feel I am improving every week. Funny how much I can learn quickly after playing for forty years, with just a few lessons."
Jad
Took Chess lessons from Mathew M.
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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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"This guy is awesome! Really patient."
Mo Aimaq
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Your always ready.-Zelman Zhang"
Tracy
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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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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"Matt is a great person both intellectually and personality wise. I have known him for around 4 months and he has a unique approach to the way he teaches. He uses real world scenarios to provide another angle to approaching the game. I have increased my level 100 points since working with Matt. Matt also took the time to analyze the games we had played and provided great feedback so I can understand where I was weak and when I was in a strong position. The only downside is that Matt lives 4.5 hours away. I know in person would provide even greater experience. Matt is also very positive and genuine. I believe you will become a better chess player if you work with Matt.

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Took Chess lessons from Mathew M.
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"This is an update to my prior review. My reviews remain excellent! There was an error in posting and my prior review showed only one star which was a huge mistake! I meant to give 5 and if I could give him 10, I would. John is a terrific teacher!"
Christina
Took Chess lessons from John H.
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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!