Jessica Utley
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Jessica Utley

Jessica U.

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Beginner, Intermediate
Chess is a great hobby for children and adults alike! Learning chess helps develop and improve critical thinking skills, patience, problem solving skills, and memory, as well as being an incredibly fun game to play. I've been playing chess since I was a child, though recently, as an adult, my love for the game truly ignited. I understand how complex of a game chess is, and I will help you gain a strong grasp over the main concepts involved in the game at whatever pace you prefer. I've been teaching chess for over two years now (through private lessons and at the Los Angeles Chess Club) and my lessons are as fun and engaging as they are educational. We will analyze historical chess games, as well as games that you've played, where we'll learn about common openings, tactical motifs, mating patterns, theoretical endgames, and so much more in our lessons. Whether this is your first time seeing a chess board in your whole life or if you've been a casual player for years, I can help you develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of the game.

About Jessica U.

Hello, I'm Jessica! I can't wait to help you learn more about chess! I've been teaching at the Los Angeles Chess Club and through private lessons for almost two years now and I love watching my students improve. I've been playing chess for many years now and I spend multiple hours a day improving my skills. I know personally what it's like to be both a childhood and an adult learner of chess, and the difficulties involved learning at each age. Within the chess community, there are predetermined notions of how much certain groups (mainly female and adult learners) can achieve, but I believe placing an upward limit on our improvement is greatly detrimental to our growth as players. With the correct guidance and the right amount of encouragement, anyone can become a fantastic player of chess!

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Marta
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Jessica was very articulate and explained concepts and strategies very clearly in a very short amount of time. Just a couple of the things she told me, helped my game substantially, and in only the first lesson. She steered her lesson towards helping me personally overcome my weaknesses.

Posted Sep 24, 2021
WENJING
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This chess teacher is a 5 rating, you must learn with this teacher.

Posted Sep 17, 2021
Mariluz
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Challenging but Great class!

Posted Sep 13, 2021
Loraine
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Outstanding ! I am very much a beginner when it comes to chess. Very patient and understanding coach/Teacher!

Posted Aug 31, 2021
Mariluz
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Great class. It always amazes me to see how Jessica can see so many possible options and best moves!

Posted Aug 30, 2021
WENJING
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I’m better at chess and I have a better skill now

Posted Aug 20, 2021
Mariluz
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Getting more involved, but great class!!!!

Posted Aug 2, 2021
Mariluz
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great class,

Posted Jul 19, 2021
Ann Ifekwunigwe
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I love Ms. Jessica as my chess teacher. I like that she taught me about en passant. She's a great teacher because she plays against me sometimes. She is patient and she is nice to me. She helps me learn from the chess moves I make. She knows lots and lots about chess. Jessica set up a tournament for me to play against her other students. I really like playing with other students. Thank you for my lessons, Ms. Jessica! (Dictated By M., Age 5)

Posted Jul 4, 2021
Diane
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Great first lesson

Posted Jun 30, 2021
Lynn
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Cool!

Posted Jun 29, 2021
Mariluz
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I felt very comfortable with Jessica. If I needed something repeated, she will go over again. She was very patient and clear on her instructions!

Posted Jun 26, 2021
lakew
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she was was very nice she gone over a reviue, asked me questions to made sure I understand and did it about 2 times and I really like her so I will see her next week

Posted Jun 15, 2021
Anissa
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Good first leasson

Posted Jun 10, 2021
Joseph Perera
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yay

Posted Jun 10, 2021
Steve K.
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Jessica is definitely a subject matter expert. She is well prepared, communicates well and has really helped my understanding of chess and improved my game. She is great at analyzing my games and suggesting improvements. I also enjoy and learn much from her analysis of master games. I can highly recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Jun 7, 2021
Ruthvik N.
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My son being 5yr old who knew how each piece moves, I joined him classes to learn how to play the game. But the teacher directly jumped to teach end games, I think for young kids it is better teach them by saying stories and derive the game strategy...However she has good knowledge of the game...Thanks

Posted May 20, 2021
Muriel
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My five year old daughter LOVED working with Jessica today. It was her first chess class, and my daughter is already looking forward to her next class on Sunday. As a parent and an educator, I appreciated the way Jessica did not water down the lesson. She provided just the right amount of cognitive demand to keep it challenging and exciting, without it being frustrating for my daughter.

Posted May 14, 2021
Izaac
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Jessica is coaching my 8 year old son and he loves her. In the past he has had some difficulty, but Jessica is patient, understanding, and will go over things in different ways until he understands. His skill level is improving and we are very happy we were able to connect with Jessica.

Posted May 13, 2021
WENJING
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Good and cheap

Posted May 11, 2021
Andrew
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Jessica is obviously an experienced player and teacher. Almost instantaneously, she figured out my level of play and tailored the lesson accordingly. I also liked that she picked a historical game for review based on my style of play. Basically, she can quickly size up a client's ability level and what they want to achieve, so minimal time is wasted. Jessica made the lesson low stress while packing in a lot of information. Highly recommend.

Posted May 2, 2021
Steve K.
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Had my first lesson today and I was impressed. Jessica is highly knowledgeable and patient. We reviewed some my games and a master game. She was patient when I had questions and is definitely a subject matter expert. Logging forward to future lessons!!!

Posted Apr 26, 2021
Yiman
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My 5 year old is taking chess lessons with Jessica and she thoroughly enjoys it. Jessica is knowledgeable, supportive and encouraging! She know exactly how to gently nudge my daughter in the right direction when she is stuck or makes mistakes. My daughter really looks forward to the lessons every week.

Posted Apr 21, 2021
Vamshi Ande
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Very friendly and knowledgeable. My kid enjoyed learning chess from jessica.she can't wait for the next class and always enquired about when would be her next class.

Posted Apr 21, 2021
Julia
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Jessica was an amazing and very knowledgeable teacher! I haven’t played chess since I was a kid and she taught it to me in a way that was much more easy to understand than what I learned when I was young. She is patient, understanding, and extremely well-versed in chess. I’m looking forward to playing more often now. I highly recommend her as a teacher!

Posted Apr 2, 2021
Arlene
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I genuinely had no idea about how chess works. Jessica took the time to really explain what to do. She was patient with my idiotic questions and used phrases that would allow me to understand! She made it fun; I would highly recommend her! Thank you so much, Jessica!

Posted Apr 1, 2021
Hayden
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Jessica was very prepared with many chess scenarios. My daughter really enjoyed the class and a looking forward to the next one.

Posted Mar 21, 2021
Margery`
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Jessica explains the principles behind moving pieces so clearly.She is a patient and enthusiastic teacher!

Posted Mar 19, 2021
Christine B.
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Jess is great for my 10 year old son. He looks forward to his lessons each week.

Posted Mar 2, 2021
Margery`
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Jessica’s enthusiasm for the game is palpable. She is very patient and gets one to start thinking about why one move makes more sense than another move. After my first lesson today, I’m thinking about attackers and defenders, and making sure my attackers outnumber the defenders.

Posted Feb 19, 2021
Steph
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Jessica is a very patient and knowledgeable chess teacher. She breaks things down so they’re easier to understand and less overwhelming. I highly recommend her as a teacher!

Posted Feb 7, 2021
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Experience

Chess Coach
Jul 2019 - Mar 2020

Los Angeles Chess Club

My responsibilities included developing a lesson plan for a group of beginner and intermediate youth, maintaining order throughout the class, and ensuring that all the students had a positive learning experience.

Education

Bachelor's Degree - English - Creative Writing
Jan 2018 - Jun 2019

California State University Long Beach

Associate of Arts - English
Aug 2015 - Dec 2018

El Camino College

Languages

American Sign Language

Limited Proficiency

Awards

College of Liberal Arts Exceptional Student Achievement Award
May 2019

California State University Long Beach

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