Picture of chess lessons in South Loop

Chess Lessons & Classes in South Loop

Find the perfect teacher or instructor in South Loop for private chess lessons in your home or in their studio.

Featured On

Popular Chess Instructors near South Loop

Check out some of our most popular teachers near South Loop including Chicago, Berwyn, Cicero, Oak Park and Fox Valley.

Showing 10 of 29 results View More

About Melissa M.

Close
Profile_84051_pi_20150826_105931
Sunnyvale, CA

View Full Profile

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.
...
Reviews
Thumb_105135_pi_Screen%20Shot%202017-05-07%20at%2010.37.21%20PM
gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
thanks
Silhouette-80
Judith F. November 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa is a knowledgeable, direct and friendly instructor. I appreciated her foundational growth method. Teaching from the basics and building from there. I am looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Melissa!
Silhouette-80
Diana August 27, 2016
· Watercolor Painting · In home
Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue.
View Details
View Profile
Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Online
(21)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About John Michael D.

Close
Profile_83445_pi_IMG_3461
Saint Petersburg, FL
View Full Profile

I love Chess and have been playing for years! Contact me today to see how I can help you!

About John Michael
Hello, and thanks for taking an interest in me! My name is John and I love teaching anything to anybody, from Math all the way down to tying your shoes. The main subjects I teach in are Math and Science, with extreme competency in Math all the way up to Calculus. I have been teaching all my life, but have been professionally teaching Math for more than 2 years, and am currently the lead instructor at Mathnasium. If you need help in Astronomy, I'm your guy. Astronomy is a huge passion of mine and I could talk about it for hours! I am currently a student and pursuing a degree in both Physics and Astronomy. Please contact me to confirm scheduling (busy schedule due to classes). If you would like me to help you become better at Math or really anything in the same subject area, please don't hesitate to contact me! Thanks!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Alexandra June 22, 2017
· ASVAB · Online
He was not prepared, my lesson started a 12:00pm ended at 1:00pm during the whole time we didn't start the lesson. Would not recommend.
Thumb_106136_pi_chess%20photo
Gina June 18, 2017
· Chess · Online
John is a natural - patient, informed and appreciative of my enthusiastic nature about chess. Nice guy. Pick him!
Silhouette-80
Sridevi G. February 27, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
Very good lesson. John Michael has lots of talent in teaching math.
View Details
View Profile
John Michael D.

John Michael D.

Online
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Florin F.

Close
Profile_90459_pi_MC14
Evanston, IL

View Full Profile

Experienced International Master ready to help teach how to advance to the next level.

About Florin
I am an International Master and 2015 co-champion of the State of Illinois. I have been coaching full time since 2011 and helping players increase their rating and get more wins!
If you have any questions at all send me a message and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Also if you do not see a certain time slot available you can check with me to see if indeed that slot is taken.

For lessons I typically use Dasher:

https://www.chessclub.com/download-software/dasher
and Skype (audio only).
You could try to use the iOS version (https://www.chessclub.com/downloads) instead but it has a few more glitches than the Windows version.

You can get a free 30 day trial on ICC (Internet Chess Club) after that it will be $10/month but it is the best chess server out there for finding the right kind of players.

Right now I
am only accepting online lessons, thanks for stopping by!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
David J. June 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
Florin is a great instructor. I asked my son (age 12) if he used any of Florin's advice/teachings in his latest chess tournament, and he said, "Yes! I used EVERYTHING he taught me." :)
Silhouette-80
Alex April 5, 2017
· Chess · In studio
We had great conversation in general and insights in chess. Florin is very engaging and great individual. Overjoyed to have met him. Alex
Silhouette-80
Kevin January 4, 2017
· Chess · Online
What a great instructor! After six months of lessons I can say, without a doubt, Florin is the best instructor anyone could hope for. Florin is very knowledgeable and helped me improve my game more than I could ever imagine. He is patient and takes the time to explain difficult concepts. It is not everyday you get the opportunity to receive lessons from an International Master.
View Details
View Profile
Florin F.

Florin F.

Online
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Hiro H.

Close
Profile_88163_pi_12443335_661168297356741_691843077_o
Schaumburg, IL
View Full Profile

Class A (USCF rating of 1800-1999), ready to improve your game!
My objective is to help you get better at the game of chess. Playing chess can improve your ability to focus deeper.

About Hiro
Class A Player
Led my High School chess team to a 3rd place finish at our conference
Personal achievements:
2 time state medalist at first board, while finishing top 15 all 4 years of my High School at state.
2 time 1st place finisher at the Glenbard South Raider's tournament, the second largest High School tournament in IL
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Sandeep February 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Great experiance teaching to my son
Silhouette-80
Naren January 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Silhouette-80
Denise December 5, 2016
· Chess · In studio
It was a bit hard to schedule a lesson with him because of our work schedule and his school schedule. He did mention it was finals week for him so i understand. We actually lost track of time and spend an extra 30 mins playing! It was fun! And i will schedule another lesson soon!
View Details
View Profile
Hiro H.

Hiro H.

Schaumburg, IL 60193
(4)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Austin E.

Close
Profile_92584_pi_tutor%20profile
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile

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.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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!
View Details
View Profile
Austin E.

Austin E.

Chicago, IL 60657
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Thomas H.

Close
Profile_92788_pi_20160421_143743-1
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile

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 Hodo.

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, teach (k-8) afterschool lessons for Chess Wizards, head instruction for the youth/adult program Rebuild Knights, and I am a member of team Illinois. My lessons include worksheets, gameplay vs. Myself, and a tablet for cpu play and analysis. If you have any questions feel free to ask! Let's schedule your lesson today!
...
Reviews
Thumb_96239_pi_DSC02975%20%281%29
Myat L. September 29, 2016
· Chess · In home
I just want to say, "I am very pleased working with Thomas." I never thought that I could master the game of chess especially by being impatient and a slower learner. This is my fourth lesson and I have already played a game of chess. Thank You So Much, Thomas. I can't wait until my next lessons.
Silhouette-80
Barbara September 19, 2016
· Chess · In home
What an easy going and patient young man. So far, so good!
View Details
View Profile
Thomas H.

Thomas H.

Chicago, IL 60605
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Sergey K.

Close
Profile_95468_pi_12369271_10101954013548142_1018032418216560008_n
Schenectady, NY

View Full Profile

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

About Sergey
I am a NYS certified Social Studies and Special Education Teacher and taughtSpecial Education at a group home I also have many years experience tutoring and substitute teaching in various Capital Region School Districts. My other expertise is to teach Study and organizational skills. I have also taught GEO at Albany High School. Aside from teaching I also did freelance photography for a few years and can teach you how to maximize using your photo equipment, take amazing pictures and using the computer to edit your creations.

I graduated from Siena with a degree with History and a minor in Political Science. Then I went to school and earned my master degree from the College of St Rose in Social Studies. I also attended SUNY Albany where I got a second certification to teach Special Education.
...
Reviews
Thumb_104924_pi_DSC_0843
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.
Silhouette-80
Silvia September 25, 2016
· Business · In home
Great session! Helped me with my business needs, now I feel confident that can start my own eBay dropshipping business! Answered every question I had and I had a lot!! Thanks Sergey!
Silhouette-80
Alex Genadinik September 22, 2016
· Business · Online
Very helpful
View Details
View Profile
Sergey K.

Sergey K.

Online
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About John C.

Close
Profile_99029_pi_IMG_0147
Chicago, IL

View Full Profile

Students can expect to be challenged and to have fun. I like to focus on thought process and asking the right questions, calculation, visualization, tactics, and endgame. I do like to give homework (worksheets) and I like to give out prizes (colored chess keychains) for working hard during the lesson and showing effort on the homework. :). I have been coaching chess for 6 years and have taught chess at over 30 schools throughout the chicago-land area.

About John
My name is John Crissman and I am a U.S. Candidate Master in Chess. I have been coaching chess since 2009 and have taught chess in over 30 schools throughout the chicago-land area. I love to work on thought process, calculation, tactics, and endgame. I am currently working on my degree in mathematics. I have been tutoring math for two years now. I am comfortable tutoring all elementary grade levels including trig, geometry, algebra, and calculus.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Anthony January 6, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Awesome! My daughter cannot wait to take his lessons. She seems to love it and have a great time.
Silhouette-80
Katarzyna January 6, 2017
· Math · In studio
I am getting better grades because of Mr. John. He if very helpful and makes math understandable. I wish my actually teacher could do that. -_-. Thank You Mr. John!
Thumb_99029_pi_IMG_0147
John C. January 5, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Very good. Help our son from 500 to 1300 rating. Recommend. He is the best.
View Details
View Profile
John C.

John C.

Chicago, IL 60660
(5)
starting at
$50 / 60-min

About Jean-Marc J.

Close
Profile_103149_pi_2
Skokie, IL

View Full Profile

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

About Jean-Marc
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!

Skills:
PHP
JAVA
SQL
Mysql
HTML
CSS
JAVASCRIPT
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Powerpoint
Microsoft Windows
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
John August 7, 2017
· Computer Programming · Online
Silhouette-80
Ravi Raghavan July 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
Silhouette-80
Piaget July 24, 2017
· JavaScript · Online
Good lecture
View Details
View Profile
Jean-Marc J.

Jean-Marc J.

Harwood Heights, IL 60706
(19)
starting at
$40 / 60-min

About John H.

Close
Profile_109576_pi_John_Hardin_
Long Island City, NY

View Full Profile

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!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Owen August 17, 2017
· Chess · Online
I first met John at an unrelated event, but he really got me interested in Chess, and it has become an activity that I really love and enjoy due to his instruction. John's lessons are engaging, substantive, and honestly fun, and he's helped me improve my game dramatically. John is a great guy and an excellent instructor, and I would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in Chess (no matter the skill level) to give him a try.
View Details
View Profile
John H.

John H.

Online
(1)
starting at
$34 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Chess Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Chess instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 0 8 9 , 4 5 1

lessons and counting!

Recent Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the articles on our blog.

Proper Singing Posture - What You Need to Know

Proper Singing Posture - What You Need to Know

Before you learn how to breathe, sing, or play any kind of instrument correctly, you need to ensure that you're creating the proper posture with your body. New singers frequently make the mistake of thinking that singing starts with controlling the vocal cords – those hard-working vocal folds we love to exhaust – but the secret to great singing is understanding how to use your whole body effectively. This starts with proper singing posture, enhanced by correct breathing techniques, and then furt … Read More

Proper Singing Posture - What You Need to Know
Before you learn how to breathe, sing, or play any kind of instrument correctly, you need to ensure that you're creating the proper posture with your body. New singers frequently make the mistake of thinking that singing starts with controlling the vocal cords – those hard-working vocal folds we love to exhaust – but the secret to great singing is understanding how to use your whole body effectively. This starts with proper singing posture, enhanced by correct breathing techniques, and then furt
10 Essential Korean Phrases You Should Know
Whether you're studying Korean for academic reasons or to prepare for an upcoming trip, there are a few key Korean phrases that can help you communicate and find your way around. Formal and Informal Phrases The following Korean phrases are a mix of formal and informal. Unlike Western languages that conjugate verbs based on the subject (such as I, you, he/she/it, we, and they), Eastern languages conjugate verbs based on formal and informal speech. You use informal speech with people you
Is it Unethical to Have a Piano With Ivory Keys?
The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss. For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p
4 Easy Ways to Find Piano Chords For Songs
Once you've learned the basics of piano, it's time to move on to playing actual songs! But how do you find the sheet music or piano chords for songs you love? Here are some helpful ideas from Austin, TX teacher Tosin A...   Probably the most important thing I do as a professional piano player is learning new songs. This has me spending a lot of time searching for chords. Over the last few years I've perfected my chord-finding skills, so I'll take you through my process of finding
31 German Vocabulary Words and Phrases for the Summer [Infographic]
The summer is fast approaching. Below, German teacher Noel S. shares some common German vocabulary words and phrases associated with summer. Practice these words and phrases throughout the summer, and come fall, you'll have a long list of vocabulary words memorized... For many people, summer ranks as the best season of the year. After all, what's better than sunshine, BBQs, and fun outdoor activities? Just because school is no longer in session, however, doesn't mean that you can let your Ger

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More