Picture of chess lessons in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca, NY Chess Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Chess lessons? Our Ithaca teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 3 3 , 0 6 0

lessons and counting!

Popular Chess Instructors near Ithaca, NY

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Ithaca, NY including Newfield, Slaterville Springs, Jacksonville, Etna and Brooktondale.

Showing 8 of 34 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
Silhouette-80
nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
Silhouette-80
Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
Thumb_105135_pi_Screen%20Shot%202017-05-07%20at%2010.37.21%20PM
gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
thanks
View Details
View Profile
Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Online
(23)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Tyler P.

Close
Profile_93514_pi_TylerParas14
Santa Barbara, CA

View Full Profile

I achieved a chess rating in the 98th percentile of scholastic players. I have had the opportunity to teach chess to many beginners by starting the chess club at my elementary school, and teaching students in junior high and high school chess clubs. I would like to teach beginning chess players (

About Tyler
I received my Bachelors of Science in Cellular Molecular Biology, graduated Summa Cum Laude (GPA > 3.9) and Phi Kappa Phi (Top 10% of class). I scored in the 99th percentile of the MCAT, 100th percentile of the ACS National Organic Chemistry Exam, and 98th percentile in the science section of the ACT. This fall, I will be attending a Top 15 medical school.

I grew up with the learning disabilities dyslexia, dysgraphia, and auditory processing disorder. I believe the challenges of having learning disabilities has given me the experience to help others succeed and enjoy academics.

I began teaching by tutoring at-risk students in chemistry at my high school. I mentored students in problem solving and aimed to excite them towards the assignments.

I continued teaching as a teaching assistant for the upper division cell biology class
by instructing students in immunological laboratory techniques (including flow cytometry and ELISA).

My research on rheumatoid arthritis conducted at my college and Harvard Medical School has resulted in seven presentations, three at national medical conferences.

As a chess player I achieved a rating in the 98th percentile of scholastic players and have taught students from 8 to 27 years old.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Devon V. August 16, 2017
· Chess · Online
Fantastic Instructor and very positive experience. The lessons are catered to my personal style, and are always fun and informative. Tyler really knows his stuff. In 5 lessons, I went from consistently playing ~1050 on Chess.com to ~1350 and still climbing!
Silhouette-80
David Z. May 4, 2017
· Chess · Online
Lessons were always interesting and informative, but most importantly they were all personally catered towards my personal play style, strengths, and weaknesses . Helped move my chess gameplay to new heights.
Thumb_98733_pi_14956037_10154329493828096_7953956318128186459_n
Ronald P. March 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great mentor! Knowledgeable and can help you with fundamentals in a fun way!
View Details
View Profile
Tyler P.

Tyler P.

Online
(5)
starting at
$60 / 60-min

About Stuart P.

Close
Profile_98461_pi_Stuart%20crop%20fixed
Attleboro, MA

View Full Profile

I'm a former England junior national and regional chess champion with 25 years’ experience coaching all ages of chess player from children to adults. I've set up and coached chess clubs in 5 schools in England and the USA. In 2014, I was the Rhode Island Elementary School Chess League Coach of the Year. In addition to chess coaching experience, I have 7 years’ elementary teaching experience in England and Rhode Island.

About Stuart
I'm a former England junior national and regional chess champion with 25 years’ experience coaching all ages of chess player from children to adults. I've set up and coached chess clubs in 5 schools in England and the USA. In 2014, I was the Rhode Island Elementary School Chess League Coach of the Year. In addition to chess coaching experience, I have 7 years’ elementary teaching experience in England and Rhode Island including teaching chess lessons at school.
...
View Details
View Profile
Stuart P.

Stuart P.

Online
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Iara C.

Close
Profile_104983_pi_IMG_3629
Miami Beach, FL

View Full Profile

I can combine a fun time for kids combined with a lifetime learning experience. Bring together students who share the same interests in the art of the chess game. Improve their logical thinking and problem solving thru lessons and puzzles. Enhance student knowledge, way of thinking and planning within this area of interest, helping them to apply that to other academic activities. Entertain the students thru a very interesting game, where they can learn, play and have fun at the same time.

About Iara
Hi, there! My name is Iara Coltro and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2000 and have loved helping my students to learn and have fun. As a professional chess player, there is a lot I've learned about this amazing game, how beneficial it can be and what an amazing tool to help thru the academics world!
...
View Details
View Profile
Iara C.

Iara C.

Online
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Jacob O.

Close
Profile_107761_pi_IMG_0745
Syracuse, NY

View Full Profile

9 years of teaching experience, 5 grade level state championships, and one co-win at the US Junior Open!

I specialize in the beginner/intermediate chess student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Whether a student is just starting out and wants to know how to beat their dad, or a student is playing towards scholastic championships, I can raise your rating and the quality of your play after just two weeks of lessons!

Learn to play creatively, intelligently, and soulfully. Chess is not just a brain game. Chess is a game about life - about making decisions, coming up with creative solutions to problems, planning ahead while being flexible to change, and constantly putting yourself in your opponent's shoes.

In addition to being a scholastic chess champion, I am a published and awarded poet, a musician, an artist, a meditator, and an accomplished student. By cultivating the important skills of problem-solving, determination, ...

About Jacob
Five-time Ohio scholastic chess champion, and a US Junior Open co-champion. Poet at Syracuse University's prestigious MFA program, where I also teach undergraduate composition.

My seventh poetry chapbook, With Porcupine, won the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Press. My work appears in The Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, and over 60 other publications.

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016, with a major in Poetry and Translation and a minor in Russian (GPA 3.83). I am currently a teaching fellow in the Poetry MFA at Syracuse University. My SAT is 2320 (CR800, W800, M720), and my GRE 330 (VR170, QR160).

I have been practicing Zen and other forms of meditation on a daily basis for 5 years. I have lived and practiced at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Zen monastery in the Catskills.

I bring a sense of playf
ulness and humor to all of my teaching. I also always show up at 100% with my whole heart and mind. I set high goals and inspire the passion my students need to reach them.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Mark July 12, 2017
· Creative Writing · In studio
I loved learning creative writing from Jacob! He was a really fun teacher, but was also serious about helping me learn. He was always prepared, and really seemed to care about my thoughts.

What I loved most was how it never felt like he was talking AT me, but instead, he was talking with me.

I can't recommend Jacob enough!
Silhouette-80
Rebecca July 12, 2017
· Poetry · Online
Jacob is an adept teacher. In poetry where everything is up to the reader's interpretation, Jacob remained unbiased and gave me great advice, drawing from his vast personal experience. He never tells me what to write, just gives suggestions on what he thinks could be changed.
Silhouette-80
Michelle July 12, 2017
· Creative Writing · Online
I've been sending my poetry to Jacob for a long time. He's a very deep and generous reader and always asks a lot of questions before offering suggestions, to make sure that he understands completely what I am trying to accomplish. When he gives me critiques, he has an amazing knack at separating the meat from the bone, tightening my lines, and modifying my structure to best suit my vision for the work.
View Details
View Profile
Jacob O.

Jacob O.

Online
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

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
Julie September 18, 2017
· Chess · In home
I started working with John almost a year ago. I was completely new to chess and was interested in learning to play. John has done a great job teaching me the basics (and now some more advanced material) and has also gotten me really excited about the game. Lessons are a nice mix of tactics, broader strategy, and some chess history. It has been really wonderful taking lessons with John. Beyond providing great lessons, he is a really fun and enthusiastic person. It's hard not to be excited about chess when working with him. He is also a dedicated teacher and regularly follows up by email in between lessons, sending homework and lots of resources for outside work.
Silhouette-80
Jessica August 23, 2017
· Chess · In studio
I have had the pleasure of being one of John's chess students for almost a year and half now, and I can confidently say I have improved leaps and bounds from where I started. While John always has an interactive and challenging lesson planned, I appreciate that the lesson is fluid and adaptable to my particular needs/interests that week, whether it be because I have questions about a specific tactical exercise or master game we are reviewing, or because I have experienced a particularly memorable success or failure in my chess-play that I would like to review. The lessons logically and effectively build upon themselves so that your basic skills are solidified and bolster you as you move on to more complex theories and exercises. As an adult, with a hectic job, I am immensely appreciative of John's flexibility when it comes to arranging lessons and his ability keep me challenged and developing into a more formidable chess player.
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
(3)
starting at
$34 / 30-min

About Jeremy G.

Close
Profile_109736_pi_IMG_2909
Ithaca, NY
View Full Profile

I have been playing chess since I was five years old and I have reached the rank of National Master. I have currently a sophomore at Cornell University. I have privately taught five kids in chess for multiple years while I was in High School. I always start by diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses of my students and then developing a lesson plan. Please contact me if you have any questions.

About Jeremy
Hi, I am Jeremy Glassman and I am a sophomore at Cornell University's College of Engineering. I am double majoring in Operations Research and Computer Science. I started playing chess when I was five years old, and have loved it since. I am currently a National Master (Above 2200 ELO). Chess is a great way to improve your mental capabilities while having fun at the same time. If you want to know more about me, just send me a message.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Dylan August 9, 2017
· Chess · In home
He was great with my kid, Max. Extremely nice and courteous, he greatly improved the skill level of Max, increasing his rating from 1000 to 1500 in a year.
View Details
View Profile
Jeremy G.

Jeremy G.

Ithaca, NY 14850
(1)
starting at
$34 / 30-min

About Stephen M.

Close
Profile_111632_pi_%5E50F49F397D6AFBA5530B7AA33B1BDCDB54DEC5FF90E041F648%5Epimgpsh_fullsize_distr
West Covina, CA

View Full Profile

Strong analytical skills.
I've been playing chess for 20 years
I've reached a 2020 elo on lichess
https://lichess.org/@/mog926
I estimate my elo rating in otb (over the board) to be somewhere between 2100-2300 and close to master level or even Grandmaster level for slower games.
I know a lot of cool ways to improve at chess and how to teach to get better at analysis and improving your chess/understanding/reviewing your games.
I would love to work with you and help boost your elo by hundreds of points (especially those under 1800 elo) or beginners/intermediate players.
I'm willing to teach all levels.

About Stephen
Currently looking for new students.
I teach piano, japanese, chess, go(weiqi/baduk), and meditation/self-improvement.
I am very proficient in all of the above subjects and have helped dozens of students reach their long-term goals over the years. I am also very patient and have taught children piano lessons for more than 10 years. As a learner I know how overwhelming new subject-matter could be and I tend to understand the pace that the student needs/wants to go at.
I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I see my students improving. I also am constantly improving myself as a teacher so the lessons will only get better and the material should be easier to understand with time.
Let's master anything you want to work on, and have a lot of fun too :)
Thanks for reading!
-Stephen
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ja'Quan September 7, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Awesome teacher man
Thumb_59b1e8c83bd24_review_IMG_1030
John Edward September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Patient instructor. I'm super rusty and he was able to keep at my pace. He also made it interesting by using practical scenarios and alternating with cartoons or games. He watches anime as well so I was able to learn while talking about things I like. It helped practicing much easier.
Thumb_59b1e6ca91c5e_review_1390640_1384796591760924_147705870_n
真修 September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
日本語の理解が深い。四字熟語とかことわざとかもいっぱい知っているし、漢字も教えられるし、上級者でも授業を受けてもいいと思う。初心者を教えるところも見たことあって、わかりやすく説明してくれた。
I think that both advanced learners and beginners could benefit from taking one of his lessons.
View Details
View Profile
Stephen M.

Stephen M.

Online
(3)
starting at
$15 / 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.

Can't find a teacher in Ithaca, NY?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Average Cost of Chess Lessons in Ithaca, NY

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons in Ithaca is $51. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $53 per hour.

30-min $34
 
$35 average
$37
45-min $42
 
$43 average
$45
60-min $50
 
$51 average
$53

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 16% less expensive at $43, and 30-minute lessons cost 32% less at $35.

Curious how much chess lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best chess teachers near Ithaca.

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More