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About Sam C.

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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.

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

About Sam
I'm a certified teacher and a national ranked chess player, with over a decade of teaching experience. I have taught 100's of kids from grades K-8. Furthermore, I also have extensive experience teaching adults.

I graduated from the # 2 ranked university in the country on a scholarship. I also served as the president of my university's successful chess club.
For many years now, I have been teaching chess full-time here in Miami to grades K-8. I really enjoy teaching and my school's team has won many prestigious titles and trophies.

This past year my students' team placed in the top ranks, at the "Florida States Chess Championship," in section K-8. Additionally, my students have also won several 1st place trophies in many local tournaments.

My passion for chess is really manifested though my teaching style and it's never a dull moment wh
en I teach. As a professional teacher, I know how important it is to keep students engaged, therefore I bring a high level of energy, dedication and fun to the lessons.

I have the credentials, experience and knowledge to maximize my student's potential.

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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson
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Sam C.

Sam C.

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About mike G.

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I started to teach children to play chess in 1979. In 1984, I worked with some world's best chess coaches and players like D. Bronshtein and P. Kondratev. I am a winner of multiple chess tournaments. My student recently became a national master

About mike
I am an experienced chess coach /instructor with deep understanding of chess at high levels I've been teaching students of all ages since 1980. I provide in classroom lessons as well as private in-house sessions. I have been playing chess for over 40 years. For several years I have worked as a chess teacher, helping young children to develop chess skills, in particular to enhance creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, and self esteem. My adult student recently became a national master. I am the winner of the West Coast Continental Chess Championship in the expert
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I am also a very experienced Russian tutor. I have been tutoring and teaching Russian for over 8 years.
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mike G.

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About Austin E.

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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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Austin E.

Austin E.

Chicago, IL 60657
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Hello, I'm Bingjie and I've taught chess for 9 years. I am a United States Chess Federation Expert Titled player and I am rated 2122. I can improve your Chess in all aspects of the game, having never stopped learning more about the game. I am still a tournament player and have been playing and learning chess nonstop for 9 years. I teach beginners to advanced players on any question you may have.

About Bingjie
Hello I'm a 2122rated United States Chess Federation Expert in the top 5% of Chess players in the US. I have taught in different locations since 2007 including Gaos chess school in Flushing queens, Gold Coast Arts Center and Cumberland Center in Great Neck, Ny as well as private lessons in my home in Great Neck. I have learned from many grandmasters including Igor Smirnov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Tamaz Gelashvili, Damian Lemos, Maxim Dlugy. I teach all aspects of chess ranging from beginners to advanced players. I will help meet your chess improvement needs. I'm happy to meet you, and I hope to improve your chess.
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Bingjie L.

Bingjie L.

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Columbus, OH

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Learn the basics of chess or how to improve your game if you already know how to play.

About Jean-Marc
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I am now offering group lessons for an extremely low price compared to the private lessons cost.

The price is $20 per 1 hour of group lessons
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So that's $20 vs. $60 (66% discount)

Please use the "Ask Jean-Marc a Question" button to message me and get the details or let me know that you are interested.
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Hi, there! My name is Jean-Marc and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a software engineer. I have been teaching computer technology lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students excel in programming, web development, and productivity programs. I went to The University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in Computer Science in 2017. My teaching style is patient, thorough and detail oriented. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Hunter June 10, 2018
· Computer Programming · In studio
Jean-Marc was very nice, very imformative and I thought the classes went very well with him.
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Samantha B. April 9, 2018
· Java · Online
Amazing guy who is patient and helps you understand what you need to do!
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Jean-Marc J.

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About Rush F.

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I've been an avid chess player my whole life, and I think it's one of the most engaging and mentally strengthening things you can partake in. Not only is it fun but it also is a game of wits and patience, and I'd love to sit down and help somebody feel they're the best they can be when they sit down for games of chess in the future.

About Rush
I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
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Charlotte C. January 24, 2018
· Photography · Online
Rush is really nice and answered all my questions, he gave me tips and tricks, and different kind of photographs I could take. So if you're looking for a photography teacher then you have to give Rush a shot!
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Marcela Z. January 12, 2018
· Photography · Online
Really helpful.
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Miguel D. December 3, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Rush is awesome! He broke down the camera into easy-to-understand steps and focused on areas I was struggling with. I learned a lot in a very short amount time.
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Rush F.

Rush F.

Chicago, IL 60608
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About AHMED E.

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In a digital age, learning software usage, software programming, and mathematics have become as vital as learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. Learning IT is essential in pre-college education, college education, workplace, acquiring advancements in current job; searching for a better job; managing businesses; and managing one’s personal life. Thinking computationally is something that every well-educated person needs to know and should know. There is a great digital divider between the Knows and Know Nots. This digital divider is connected to the Haves and the Have Nots. Crossing this digital divider requires solid understanding of digital concepts. One should not only live with these concepts, but could hardly live without. Many find a lot of IT potential opportunities but not enough knowledge to benefit from t
hese opportunities.

I have helped people of all walks of life how to cross this digital divider. This includes professionals, business owners, college graduate students, college undergraduate students, high school students, and job applicants.

I manage to close the digital gab by simplifying mathematical and computer science concepts. I do not simply repeat what has been already detailed in trillions of pages of books and lectures. Everyone’s mind is different and thus everyone has a unique perception to understanding one issue or another.

I have taught programming algorithms, pseudo programming codes, programming codes in Python and other computer languages, Databases, Microsoft Office Applications (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Publisher, MS Access, MS Outlook), and other IT areas for different levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

I am a programmer analyst. I have an IT sole proprietary business that deals with the design of computer software including programming analysis, databases, and data analysis. My sole proprietary business applies mathematical modeling that relates to computer software. This includes One-Dimensional Databases; Multi-Dimensional Databases; Data Science; Data Structuring; Data Management; Data Compression; Data Arranging; Data Search; Extracting Data; Big Data; Spatial Data, Data Integrity; Data Anomaly; Utilizing SQL in Data Science; Data Correction; Applications of the Theory of Probability to Data; Application of Monty Hall Paradox to Raw Data; Data Storage; Data Control; Blocking Bad Data; Importing & Exporting Data; Creating Live Data; Complex Data Problems; Mutually Inclusive & Mutually Exclusive Data; Data Wrangling; Data Pattern Identification; Descriptive & Predictive Data; Data Security; Data Visualization; Structured & Unstructured & Semi-Structured Data; Data-Driven Products & Services; Data Theory & Application; Machine Learning in Data.

My sole proprietary business also covers software programming in computer languages that span from earlier languages such as BASIC, FORTRAN PASCAL, DBASE, COBOL to languages that continued and expanded such as C. And newer languages such as PYTHON with its extended libraries that managed to combine other tools and programming languages and became in its 3.x version an object-oriented language that runs linearly. Computer languages that include Weakly-Typed language, Strongly-Typed Language, High-Level Language, Low-Level Language, Interpreted Language, Compiled Language, General-Use Language, and Target-Use Language. My sole proprietary covers software design that combine code quality with efficient use of mathematics, logic, syntax, time, memory, and processing power. I have designed algorithms in various fields including Business; E-Commerce; Office Management; Real Estate; Legal; Demography; Technology; Architecture; Structural Engineering; Solid Mechanics; Analysis of Internal Forces (Normal; Shear; Bending Moment); Beams (Simple; Extended; Cantilevered); Frames; Trusses; Statically-Determinate & Statically- Indeterminate Structures; Virtual work; Deflection; Properties of Materials; Reinforced Concrete; Traffic & Transportation Engineering; Fluid Mechanics; Irrigation Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing; Matrices & Determinants; Thermodynamics.

My computer skills include the following:

Operating Systems & Microsoft Applications & Corel Applications including: Android; Linux; Microsoft Disk Operating System; Microsoft Windows (MS Windows 10, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 8, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, MS Windows Mobile); Bash Shell Command-Line Tools; DDL; CPU Testing; Maximizing CPU Performance; Files Integrity; Stochastic Optimization; Microsoft Office; Microsoft Utilities; Excel; Access; Word; Publisher; Powerpoint; OneNote; Outlook; Dashboards; Microsoft Works; Works Spreadsheets; Works Database; Works Word; Corel Office; Word Perfect; Corel Spreadsheets; Corel Presentation; Windows File Explorer; Disk Partition; Disk Formatting (NTFS, exFAT, FAT32); Disk Defragmenting; Digital Cleanup; System Restore; System Information; Registry; Macros; Merging Documents; Master Documents; Templates; VBA Programming; Pivot Tables; Error Trapping; Logical Functions; Financial Formulas; Mathematical Functions; Statistical Functions; Navigation Systems; Crosstab Queries; Advanced Reports; Smart Tables; Record Sheets; Web-Based Presentations; Web-Based Applications; Interactions Between Different Applications; Smart Art Diagrams; Virtual Memory; Data Macros in Web Applications; Python Tools For Visual Studio; Multi-Booting; Virtualization Software; Utilizing Python in MS Window Automation; Utilizing Python in Power Point Data Visualization; Python Scripting in Excel.

Graphic Design & Multimedia including: Layering; Projection (Isometric, Oblique, Prospective); In-Depth Framings; Analytical Databases that query some 16,777,216 colors that are defined by Hex Triplet, RGB, Hue, Saturation, Tint, Shade, Depth; Color Calibration; Patterns; Sizing; Cropping; Utilizing Permutations & Combinations in Colors Integrations; Typography Effects (Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation); Design & Layout; Print and Digital Publishing; Illustration; Digital Processing & Editing; BMP; BNG; FPX; GIF; JPEG; PCX; RGB; TIFF; Compressed TIFF; File TIFF; EPS; Pixel-Based Imaging; Vector-Based Imaging; Integrating Graphics with Trigonometry and Geometry (Plane, Solid, Analytical, Descriptive, Fractal, Differential); Applications of Chaos Theory to Graphics; Incorporating Graphics with Computer-Aided Design (AutoCad, ViaCad, Turbo Cad); Graphic Calibration; Soft Proofing; Enhancing Pixel Quality; Motion Graphics & Animations; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Polygon Graphics (Simple, Complex, Concave, Convex, Regular, Irregular, N-Gon); Polyhedra & Non-Polyhedra Graphics; Applications of the Theory of Numbers to Graphic Design; Clip Art; Smart Art; Image Compressing; Resolution Reduction; Hierarchy Graphic Structure; Raster Graphics; Graphic Representations of Irrational Numbers; Edge Detection; Audio and Video Software; Window Media Player; Real Player; UM Player; VLC Media Player; QuickTime; Roxio; Nero; Corel; Paint; Panorama Maker; Wavepad; Mort Player; EXPStudio; Dragon; MP3; WAV; GSM; 3GP; M4A; WMV; AVI; FLV; MPEG-1; MPEG-2; MIDI; MOV; WEBM; MKV; Audio Fading; Audio Delaying.

PDF software and Adobe Applications: PDFILL; PDFREDIRECT; Adobe; Turbo PDF; Power PDF; Handling PDF files (Merging, Splitting, Reordering, Rotating, Reformatting, Text Watermarks, Picture Watermarks, Converting PDF to Images, Converting Images to PDF, Bookmarks, Hypertexts); InDesign; Illustrator; Adobe Acrobat DC; Premiere Elements; Premiere Pro; Acrobat; Stock; Lightroom; Muse; Acrobat Pro; After Effects; Project Felix; Dreamweaver; Animate; Audition; Bridge; Media Encoder; Flash Builder; InCopy; Prelude; Spark; Scout; StoryPlus; PhoneGap Build; Creative Cloud; Gaming SDK; Extension Manager; ExtendScript Toolkit; Photoshop; Creative Suite; Digital Editions.

Mapping & Navigation & GPS software including: Programming Longitudes & Latitudes; Spherical Trigonometry; Topography; Delmorme; Navaman; Pharos; Google Earth; Street & Trips; Google-Based Navigation; Map Matching; Green Wave Algorithms.

File Compressing & Backup & Digital security including: Winzip; Cloud Backup; Cloud Architecture Patterns; Carbonite; Google Drive; Drop Box; Firewalls; Anti malicious software (Viruses, Warms, Trojans, Rootkits, Spyware); Digital Security Against Phishing & Spamming & Hacking; Mcfee; Norton; ZoneAlarm; AVG; MS Defender; Kasparsky; VPN; SSL; SSH; Port Forwarding; Dynamic Port Forwarding.

Solid knowledge of computer hardware including: Computers; Monitors; Microprocessors; Motherboards; Wifi Cards; RAM; SDRAM; DDR SDRAM; ROM; CD/DVD/Disk Drives; Hard Drives; Flash Drives; Memory Cards (Secure Digital, Micro Secure Digital, Compact Flash, SmartMedia); Scanners; Faxes; Copiers; Printers (Inkjet; Laser, Multi-Purpose, Cloud-Based; 3-D); Printer’s Cartridges & Toners; Printing Media; Keyboard (Wired & Wireless); Mice (Wired & Wireless) & Touchpads; Projectors; Wired and Bluetooth Head Phones & Headsets; Digital Cameras; PC Cameras; Smart Phones; Modems; Routers; Lightscribe; Specifications Comparison; BIOS; Wireless LAN; IEEE 1394 Devices; Graphics Cards.

Business Planning; Business Venturing; Business Modeling; Market Research; Worldwide Market Analysis; U.S. Market Analysis; Variance Analysis; B2B; SIC-Based Databases.

Very strong communication skills including solid oral and written communications and technical writings in both English and Arabic.

My mathematical skills include the following:

Algebra; Geometry; Trigonometry; Analysis (Calculus); Statistics; Permutations & Combinations; Theory of Probabilities; Engineering (Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Surveying, Traffic, Transportation); Architecture; Solid mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Soil Mechanics; Hydraulics; Theory Of Structures; Trusses, Frames, and Beams (Simple, Extended, Cantilevered); Properties of Materials; Thermodynamics; Concepts of Forces, Work, Momentum, Energy, and Work; Numbers Theory (Natural, Real, Imaginary, Rational, Irrational, Special, Large, Whole, Fraction, Simple, Complex, One-Dimensional, Multi-Dimensional (Matrices & Determinates)); Modulus; Decimal/ Hexadecimal/ Binary/ Octal Systems; Modulus Functions; Equations; Sequences (Finite, Infinite, Fibonacci, Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Cauchy, Power, and Triangular); Algorithms; Plane Geometry; Solid Geometry; Analytical Geometry; Descriptive Geometry; Fractal Geometry, Differential Geometry; Projection; Differential Equations; Databased Unit Conversions; Discrete Mathematics including Computer Science; Algorithms including: Constant Algorithms; Logarithmic Algorithms; Linear Algorithms; Quadratic Algorithms; Exponential Algorithms, Searching Algorithms (Linear/Brute Force; Bi-Sectional; etc.); Sorting Algorithms (Comparison Sorts; Non-Comparison Sorts; Slow Sorts; Comparison Sorts (Quick Sort; Merge Sort; Heap Sort; Insertion Sort; Intro Sort; Selection Sort; Tim Sort; Cube Sort; Shell Sort; Bubble Sort; Binary Tree Sort; Cycle Sort; Library Sort; Patience Sort; Smooth Sort; Strand Sort; Tournament Sort; Cocktail Sort; Comb Sort; Gnome Sort; Block Sort; Odd-Even Sort); Non-Comparison Sorts (Pigeonhole Sort; Bucket Sort; Bucket Sort; Counting Sort; LSD Radix Sort; MSD Radix Sort; MSD Radix Sort (in-place); Spread Sort; Burst Sort; Flash Sort; Postman Sort; Slow Sorts (Bead Sort; Simple Pancake Sort; Spaghetti (Poll) Sort; Sorting Network; Bitonic Sort; Bogo Sort; Stooge Sort).
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About Donovan R.

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I have been teaching chess for five years to date. I am a certified Local Chess Coach through the US Chess Federation. I ran the after school chess program at Irving Middle School in 2015, "From Pawns to Kings Chess Club" as a part of the Safe Summer Initiative in Maywood, IL, and I currently run the KOS Chess program at Timothy Christian Community Center in Chicago, IL. The KOS Chess program focuses on teaching youth the basis of chess, educating the youth on the benefits of chess and the life skills that can be developed through the game and getting youth to a level to participate competitively in chess tournaments.

About Donovan
First introduced to the game of chess as a child, I quickly developed a deep appreciation and advanced skill. While tutoring and mentoring youth in Newport News, Virginia, during my collegiate study, I witnessed the instantaneous attraction and powerful impact the game of chess had on children and youth of all ages. What became immediately clear and rewarding, as a coach, were the abundant opportunities for critical thinking exercise and the opportunities for challenging deep thought around the immediate impact of choices.

After graduating from Hampton University in 2014, I applied my analytical skills while in the corporate sector, and later developed and facilitated college preparatory programs while working for a non-profit origination. My deep appreciation for the game and my passion for encouraging critical thinking among youth, le
ad me back to my love of delivering chess instruction and mentoring throughout the Chicagoland area.

I began offering group and private sessions with a double-pronged approach. While his lessons aim to share the foundation and challenging practice opportunity for the game itself, I also utilize the game as a mentoring tool. I encourage participants to explore the correlation of the principals which drive the game that are analogous to the cause and effect of life choices and the causal factors impacting various success moves or challenging moves and the outcomes in the game.

I hold a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, and is a certified Local Chess Coach from the US Chess Federation.
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Chicago, IL 60615
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About Scott T.

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I have instructed beginners and coached tournament players since 2003, including a state champion. I have taught school chess clubs as well as private home lessons. For youths, my lessons instill basic chess knowledge but go further - I help students develop traits that help them excel not only in chess, but in life. For competitive players we look more closely at the style of play, improving their weaknesses, higher levels of chess understanding, and more.

About Scott
I have been teaching and coaching chess since 2003. I am patient and can help you succeed for simply the enjoyment of the game, as well as guide you to tournament success. For example, one of my students became a state champion.

I have a proven track record of success!
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Scott T.

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Average Cost of Chess Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons in Chicago is $48. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $60 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$30 average
$40
45-min $34
 
$39 average
$50
60-min $42
 
$48 average
$60

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 $39, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $30.

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