Atousa Pourkashiyan

Atousa P.

Encino, CA
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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 I was 9, I’ve been teaching chess since 2006 and started my own chess school in 2008.

Private Lesson is an excellent way to learn, implement and achieve desired results for ambitious players or children who want to start chess methodically. Also, it helps any chess player to improve his/her proficiency. My students range are from beginner to master level.

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  • Background Checked
  • Speaks English, Farsi, Russian
  • Teaches students 4 and up

Reviews (13)

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George Nov 12, 2019
Chess · Online

First lesson - learned a lot

Kyle Nov 11, 2019
Chess · In studio

Atousa is an amazing instructor! You can tell right away she is a very strong player, and a very thoughtful, experienced teacher. Can’t recommend her enough for players of any skill level.

Jocelyn C. Oct 10, 2019
Chess · Online

Atousa is fantastic!!! What an incredible
teacher/coach. Atousa inspires me and
is thoughtful and understanding. I look forward for another lesson. She is 5 STAR. You are lucky to have her on your team. I will finish my lessons with her and hope to start again with her again in the spring..when my session ends with you. Thank you for too. Terrific on line classes you offer. Will recommend your on line classes for sure!!

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Talar K. Sep 14, 2019
Chess · In home

She is very nice girl and knows how to teach professionally. She tries her best to make sure her students master the chess game. She is really an excellent teacher who knows her stuff very well and teach her students great techniques . Try her you will never regret.

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Arvin Parsaei Sep 11, 2019
Chess · In studio

Atousa is a great instructor. Definitely recommend her to anyone looking to start playing or improve chess skills.

Jason Aug 26, 2019
Chess · Online

This is my 2nd review now for Atousa - which alone says all good about her. I've had 5 lessons with her, and Atousa is AMAZING! She has just about the PERFECT COMBINATION of Method and Expertise. Patience - yep, she has that. Encouraging - yep, check that box too. She is not a time stickler; she will go up and beyond to help you learn your stuff! The ONLY challenge I ever have is with the technology with SKYPE - and that is decidedly NOT on Atousa. If there is a quality on desires, seeks in Tutor/Teacher - I dare say Atousa possesses it and manifests it in ABUNDANCE! I can't Recommend Atousa enough. If you want to get good at Chess - Atousa is a BRILLIANT mind and EXCEPTIONAL teacher! You won't be sorry! :) :) :)

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Joel Jul 29, 2019
Chess · Online

She is an excellent teacher. Friendly. Good teaching style. Very smart. Encourages you to learn by starting with some basics. Nice sense of humor. Highly recommended!!!

Jason Jul 29, 2019
Chess · Online

Atousa is EXCELLENT! She is incredibly kind, patient, encouraging, and really knows her stuff! I've had one lesson with her and seriously look forward to my others with her in a big way. If one wants to learn chess - I'd highly recommend Atousa. She's really good!!

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Lily C. Jun 17, 2019
Chess · In home

Atousa is a great chess player and chess teacher. She is sharp and strategic in chess playing, very knowledgeable, and very patient in teaching my daughter. My daughter enjoys learning chess from her.

Eric May 21, 2019
Chess · In home

Atousa has worked with my young son for some time now. I have seen a vast improvement in his chess skills. Equally as important, he has developed a strong ambition to learn and improve. It warms my heart to hear him ask if I want to play a game of chess instead of him asking if he can play video games. Cannot recommend Atousa enough. She is wonderful.

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Merow F. May 19, 2019
Chess · In home

Absolutely amazing every single time. My son is completely engaged and learning so much! The whole family loves Atousa and is grateful to have her as part of our village!

Francesca May 7, 2019
Chess · In home

She was fantastic. We all loved her. Very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.

John M. Apr 10, 2019
Chess · Online

Atousa taught me many new concepts that I hadn’t seen before and wouldn’t have been able to discover without her help.

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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.



Chess Coach and Instructor
Jan 2014 - Apr 2018

Academic Chess

Director of Atousa Chess Club
Jan 2010 - May 2015

Atousa Chess Club


Master Degree of Sport Management
Sep 2011 - May 2013

Tehran University

Bachelor's degree of Sport Science
Sep 2006 - May 2010

Tehran University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Woman Grand Master
Oct 2008

International Chess Federation


Asian Champion (3rd)
May 2016

International Chess Federation

Asian Vice Champion
Apr 2014

International Chess Federation

Asian Champion
May 2010

International Chess Federation

Asian Youth Champion
Aug 2006

International Chess Federation

Asian Games
Jun 2006

Olympic Committee

Asian Youth Champion
Sep 2004

International Chess Federation

Woman International Master
Nov 2002

International Chess Federation

Asian Youth Champion
Oct 2002

International Chess Federation

Asian Youth Champion
Oct 2000

International Chess Federation

World Youth Champion
Sep 2000

International Chess Federation

Asian Youth Champion
Aug 1999

International Chess Federation

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