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Danial A.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Danial A.

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At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion and am currently the #1 18-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patient, inspiring, and hardworking chess coaches none of this would have been possible.

I began to play chess at 7 years old and after my coach ended our first class by saying, "Every champion was once a beginner" my youthful imagination ran wild and I was hooked. My early development in chess proved to be nontraditional where my structured classes provided by my school were supplemented by the aggressive, unconventional playing styles I learned from spending my weekends sneaking games in with hustlers at my local chess park. Yet learning these vastly different approaches to the game allowed me to become a more complete player, and after 6 weeks of practice, I could beat every kid in my class and almost defeated my coach. ...

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At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion, North American Junior Champion, and am currently the #1 19-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patie

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Barbara
Fantastic instructor! Very nice individual as well
Carlyle
Superb instructor and great person. It takes talent to explain these difficult concepts
Carl
Great teacher and person. Very kind and understood immediately which weaknesses I had and how I could improve them. 11/10 Recommend to everyone
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Andrew H.

27 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Andrew H.

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I am a passionate chess coach available for instruction of all levels. I have been teaching for over 10 years in many schools and training private students. I have helped establish top chess teams recently including NEST+M, PS33, and Success Academy.

Several of my students achieved highest performance awards - top 100 in the country, two of which are now rated as high as 2300. I have taught an advanced class with chess world champion Magnus Carlsen. I make learning and playing chess enjoyable and fun. I have achieved a Candidate Master title with FIDE and USCF ratings of approximately 2100.

I have a business degree in finance from Bentley University and have worked several years on Wall Street. I enjoy all aspects of risk management and how it combines elements along with chess. I love working with children and have a strong track record of making many strong relationships. You will not find a more dedicated coach. My average student gains 200-800 points in strength quickly! ...

About Andrew

I am a cool, energetic, and savvy instructor with a lot of experience. I've taught thousands of students over the years in schools and individually with a strong track record for gaining positive results. I have even taught a class at a chess camp with World Champion Magnus Carlsen. I am extrem

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Debbie B.
Andrew is very smart and knowledgeable about this game of chess. He is a great teacher and I learned a lot with just one lesson. I highly recommend you hire Andrew to teach you how to play.
Linda S.
David
Great chess coach. Patient, explains concepts clearly and never misses a chance to boost your confidence. I always look forward to my next lesson.
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Siddharth G.

101 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Bachelor Business Management and Textile Technology from De Monte University
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Siddharth G.

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I have been teaching chess for six 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 they 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 six 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 tourna

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Gudashi
Coach Siddharth has helped my daughter improve her game by leaps and bounds. She’s more focused than before and I can see the tremendous difference in her game. Coach Siddharth has always been patient and has a way of being able to tailor lessons to each individual (I’ve taken a few lessons myself). He’s an awesomely talented person and his passion for teaching really comes through.
Shruthi Menon
Siddharth Sir has been a very patient and wise tutor to my 7 year old who is new to chess. My son looks forward to his chess lessons with Siddharth sir and that speaks volumes in itself,
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Cindle V.

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Music Education from Malone University
  • Teaching since 2008
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Cindle V.

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I am ranked as a top female chess player and have played the game for most of my life. I have played in many national, state, and local tournaments and place well. I have been teaching students of all ages for over 15 years. I make lessons fun and enjoyable but also very understandable. I teach all levels and ages. This is a great game and I believe anyone can benefit from learning the game of chess.

About Cindle

Hello, my name is Cindle V. and I love teaching music and chess. I have been teaching for 12 years. I have a bachelor's degree in music education and am currently teaching around 30 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My experience working with all types of l

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Brett
A great start, exactly what I needed.
Larry B.
Cindle was easy going and made learning enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Mía
Really like her attention to the studen and her organization
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Thomas H.

33 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2012
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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, teach

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Giovani
So far, great!
Tiffany
just makes me want to always play chess forever and ever and ever and ever hi Mr. Thomas see you on the next chess lessons bye and can you keep teaching.
Tiffany
best chess teacher ever!!!!!!
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Atousa P.

32 Reviews
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  • Speaks Farsi, English, Russian
  • Awarded World Youth Champion from International Chess Federation
  • Teaching since 2006
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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

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Shea
Great experience. I learned a large amount in just 90 minutes. She was very patient with me and took the time to address portions of the game that I was both interested in learning and were important that I was not aware of. Well worth every dollar spent.
Michael D.
Amazing instructor. My advice, if you want to learn, learn from the best. My understanding of chess is so much better after my lessons from Atousa. She is awesome. Answer all my questions, taught me how to practice and what to practice. How to understand seemingly simple concepts that separate low rated players from high rated players.
Patrick

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The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $72. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $129 per hour.
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"Mr.Siddharth is a great coach. My kids love him and the lessons he teaches. They were able to quickly learn the basics and new tricks. He spends lot of time with my kids playing against them and help improve their moves. I strongly recommend Mr.Siddharth for chess coaching."
Raj
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"I've taken informal lessons with Dipankar for the last 2 years or so. He does a great job at explaining the game of chess. He is very patient. I have been able to learn a few different openings and have seen great improvement in my games. It is apparent Dipankar loves the game of chess and has an avid interest in improving his own abilities. You won't find a better fit!"
Jessica
Took Chess lessons from Dipankar G.
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"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!!!"
Patrick
Took Chess lessons from Sam C.
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"I thank you are great"
Michael
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"My son looks forward to his weekly chess lesson with Dennis"
Liam
Took Chess lessons from Dennis U.
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"My 7 year daughter likes taking chess lessons with Mr. Josh. He is kind and smart, a very good instructor for children."
Wendy
Took Chess lessons from Joshua F.
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"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."
Larry
Took Chess lessons from Atousa P.
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"Has a deep understanding of chess and is able to explain things well"
Grayson
Took Chess lessons from Jameson T.
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"My daughter is really enjoying learning the game of chess. I wish we would have found Cindle online 3 years ago.

It's been a great experience especially while being hunkered down during COVID."
Jeff
Took Chess lessons from Cindle V.
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"Had my 1st of three classes with Thomas. Really great at laying the foundations and left me with some skills to work on before the next class!"
Mia
Took Chess lessons from Thomas H.
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Chess is one of the oldest board games in history. Dating back to sometime before the 7th century, this ancient board game continues to captivate its players. It’s a two-person complex board game involving strategy and tactics. The opponents work to attack and capture the other’s pieces.

Unlike many other games, chess is a challenging game that is difficult to master. Before sitting down to a match, the players must have a strong understanding of the game. Aside from knowing the countless strategies, rules, and patterns, the players must use logical thinking and critically analyze each move. No two games are the same, as each move can result in a drastically different outcome.

Not only is chess tricky to master, but it can be challenging to l

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earn. Whether you are looking to start with the basics or take your chess skills up a notch, online chess lessons may be right for you. When you sign up with TakeLessons, you’ll receive online chess instruction with a certified teacher who can help you checkmate that king piece.

Why Take Online Chess Lessons?

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that countless classes are now available on virtual platforms. Now more than ever, students and instructors are turning to online courses because they provide convenience and flexibility. Students can sign on and learn where and when works best for them. From tutoring sessions to university-level courses, nearly every kind of class is available online these days.

At TakeLessons, we understand that online courses provide you with the freedom and flexibility to learn whenever is most convenient for you. That’s why we make it easier than ever to learn chess online. All you need is an internet connection and access to a smartphone, laptop, or computer web camera to begin your virtual chess classes.

Because we invite you to choose your preferred chess tutor, you can pick one who has a schedule that best suits yours. Want to learn chess on a weekday morning? Or how about on a weekend afternoon? Our private tutors are available to help you where and when you want.

The Benefits of Chess Lessons Online

Chess is not the kind of game you learn overnight. Because it has complex rules, moves, and strategies, it can take years to develop your skills. However, with the help of our online chess tutors, you can fast track the learning process. During your online chess lessons, your tutor will provide you with one-on-one coaching. Your private instructor will guide you through strategies, offer helpful tips, and answer all your questions along the way.

Find an Online Chess Tutor Today Ready to find the perfect chess tutor? Browse through our chess instructor’s profile here at TakeLessons. You can learn about their experience, check out reviews from previous students, and see if their availability suits your schedule.

Chess is not an impossible game to master. With the help of our online chess lessons, you’ll be well on your way to winning your next match.

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