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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I have experience teaching young students, including children and can create fun and inventive ways of teach beginners the basics of chess.

I've been playing chess since I was about 10 years old and I've taught several other people the basics of playing chess, including small children.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Youjia S. November 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.
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Priyanka S. August 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Melissa was the perfect teacher for my child. She's warm, engaged, patient -- and very skilled. I think my daughter continued with her piano instruction only because she enjoyed her classes so much! If we hadn't moved an hour away, we would still be going to Melissa. She's awesome! I highly recommend her.
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James August 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great teacher. I learned a lot.
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About Arun G.

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Arlington, VA
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Experienced chess teacher of 8 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons flexibly to focus on the specific skills and techniques that you want to develop (i.e. tactics, opening, endgame strategy). I specialize in developing a strong attacking skillset, but can teach students of all playing styles.

If you are interested, please reach out! I'm happy to structure our lessons to suit whatever format and timing works best for you.

About Arun
Hi! My name is Arun. Although I currently work as a consultant for Bain & Company, I have played chess competitively since age 10. My current USCF rating is 1874, and I have experience coaching both kids/adults since 2007. My coaching style is laid-back and open - I think it's important that chess remain a fun activity, even during lessons!

I also love teaching math. I have a degree in Mathematics & Economics from Dartmouth College, and have participated in math competitions (such as the AMC, AIME, etc) from a young age. I can tutor any material through the high school level.
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Arun G.

Arun G.

Arlington, VA 22202
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About Hiro H.

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Schaumburg, IL
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USCF EXPERT (rated 2000), ready to improve your game!

My objective is to help you get better at the game of chess, as learning chess will improve your ability to focus deeper and increase your analytical thoughts.

For intermediate to advanced players:
We will analysis games you've played before while learning new material
We can also set up to play a correspondence game (where you'll have days to make each move)

About Hiro
United States Chess Federation (USCF) Expert (2000 rating)
I am ranked top 100 (out of 3,000+ players) in Illinois
I am also ranked in the 97th percentile in the nation (Over 65,000 players)

USCF Local Tournament Director
I direct USCF-Rated tournaments at the Schaumburg Library
Each tournament brings in over 30 players

Chess Instructor
For the past 5+ years, I have been teaching chess to all-ages.
My prized student is now ranked as the 25th strongest 8-year old in the nation.
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Bhawna March 3, 2018
· Chess · In home
Hiro is awsome with kids. He really puts in lot of efforts to explain things.
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CherRonne A. November 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
he is a rellay good chess teacher hook him up at hiro
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CherRonne A. November 8, 2017
· Chess · Online
HE SOUNDS LIKE A SMART GUY HE WAS GOOD
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About Austin E.

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Chicago, IL
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I've been playing chess for about 8 years. Aside from being a strong player, I also have experience tutoring players of all ages and skill levels. This includes my time spent instructing a very competitive and successful high school chess team as well as serving as a personal tutor for different families in their homes. Of the hours I have formally tutored, I have amassed a 5 star rating on a comparable website.

About Austin
I've been playing chess for about 8 years. Aside from being a strong player, I also have experience tutoring players of all ages and skill levels. This includes my time instructing a competitive and successful high school chess team as well as serving as a personal tutor for different people in their homes. Of the hours I have formally tutored, I have amassed a 5 star rating on a comparable website.
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Drake February 12, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Really accommodating on scheduling the session. When it cam to the lesion, he quickly assessed where to begin and made it fun while informative.
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Clyde July 18, 2016
· Chess · In home
Exceptional gentleman and very professional. Arrived ahead of time 5 minutes which is ideal and took time to chat with Clyde which is fantastic. Clyde enjoyed the time with Austin and is already looking forward to next Sunday. Perfectly executed Austin!
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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.

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 tournament level competition. Recently, two of my students have won in their respective tournaments.

I attended De Monte Fort University in England and earned my degree in Textile Technology and Business Management in 1976. Since then I have been fortunate to be able to travel worldwide.

I enjoy teaching children of all ages, as well as adults. My philosophy is to make chess a fun experience while improving my students' technical skills.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals.
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Velta J. December 2, 2018
· Chess · Online
Very happy to meet this wonderful chess instructor ! We had online lessons with Mr.Siddharth before the chess tournament and my son took the first prize! He got lots of useful techniques and tips from Mr.Siddharth that helped him to win. His lesson is always very interesting, full of new information and the time flies by !
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Aneetha October 31, 2018
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My son loved his first class very much. Would love to see his progress.
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Rob October 30, 2018
· Chess · Online
A lot to absorb for a first lesson.
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Siddharth G.

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Clarksburg, MD 20871
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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.

About Mathew
I have been coaching chess for years. I have been passionately studying the game of chess for 13 years. I am currently a 1987 USCF player (Class A player). My highest rating was 2121 for chess.com blitz rating. But I am committed to go to 2200+ USCF player (National Master player). I have won several chess tournaments as well. I recently won the 2018 Philadelphia Open Chess Tournament.

I am currently coaching several students to go above and beyond their expectations. If you hire me as your coach, I will take you above and beyond your expectations in the game of chess. My coaching style is hands on, which means that I provide move by move feedback. My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouragement and meticulous game review. My one student that I have been coaching for 2 years went from never playing chess to a 1350 USCF chess rating
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I graduated from Kutztown University of PA in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecular/Micro/Cell with two Minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I have such a passion for math, science, and chess. And I try to live with that passion everyday and show that passion to people everyday.
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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 !!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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Leo November 20, 2018
· Chess · Online
Mathew is an excellent teacher. He's patient, understanding, and knowledgable.
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Fatima September 11, 2018
· Chess · In home
Mathew is great instructor. He teaches my 8 yrs old daughter chess. He gives her all the attention she needs and encourage her in every step of the way! I can tell he is very passionate about his job and takes it seriously while having fun teaching it at the same time!
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About John H.

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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!

About John
Here goes...
I am a chess teacher, tutor, singer, and Shakespearean actor in NYC! I guess you could say I wear a lot of hats.

I graduated with honors in 2009 from New York University with a BFA in Drama. I've been professionally teaching since 2012, but I have always loved sharing the game of chess with anyone who wants to learn (just ask my friends).

Students can expect to face new challenges and to improve each and every week. I am happy to work with students of all different ages and experience levels. As a teacher in the New York Public School system, I know how to make chess simple and friendly enough for Kindergartners, Senior Citizens, and everyone in between! And as an active tournament player (current rating 2000), I can offer great insight into the needs of any skill level. I am thrilled to work with ambitious tournament playe
rs and those who just want to learn how to beat their friends :).

Chess is a wonderful, challenging game, but I truly believe that anyone can learn to play if they are motivated. Come work with me and discover your new obsession!
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Mac November 6, 2018
· Chess · Online
Really enjoyed my first lesson, it was fun and learned some good things. Excited for the next lesson!
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Jithendra October 18, 2018
· Chess · Online
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Galen October 10, 2018
· Chess · Online
Very good instructor! Definitely worth every penny!
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About Logan D.

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I have taught go (baduk/weiqi) to hundreds of people and currently hold a 4-dan rank (which is equivalent to a chess rating of 2400, master level rating, or 4th degree black belt). I was one of five representatives for N. America at the online portion of the 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games and have helped organize dozens of online and offline events. Go is one of the masterpieces of human culture and I would be more than happy to teach you.

About Logan
I majored in Philosophy/Computer Science and minored in Mathematics in college. I tutor math, physics, general engineering, writing and test prep for high school, college and adult students. I also work with mentally disabled, ADD, autistic and bipolar students. During college, I worked as a network engineer, chef and tutor.

I teach in a logical and straightforward manner and try to cultivate my students' personal understanding of the material. I accomplish this by giving them plenty of questions and examples, which guide, test and clarify their understanding of concepts. If their fundamentals are sound, then students can reason through and apply concepts more effectively than otherwise. It also builds their self-confidence. I work best with students who are also interested in learning and usually leave them with some food-for-thought be
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Each school year I offer tutoring in a selection of advanced courses.

ADVANCED COURSES 2018-19: Modern Physics (Physics III) and Electrodynamics (Undergraduate).
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Logan D.

Logan D.

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$47 / 60-min

About Ajay A.

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Trenton, NJ
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Master chess tutor with USCF rating as 2000.
Trained to teach kids and adults .
Will train students to win chess tournaments and increase Internation ranking.

About Ajay
I am professional chess player with rating as 2000. My main strengths are combinations ,streategy and positional play.
Have demo class to know more about my teaching skills .
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Ajay A.

Ajay A.

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Average Cost of Chess Lessons in Washington, DC

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons in Washington is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $72 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$33 average
$45
45-min $30
 
$42 average
$55
60-min $40
 
$54 average
$72

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 23% less expensive at $42, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $33.

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