Josh Moss

Josh M.

Rockville, MD
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I teach chess in school settings and private lessons. The skill of students ranges from beginner to intermediate. Some of my students have ratings up to 1200. I can teach you at your home, at my home, or a public place like a library or coffee shop. A typical lesson will be an hour and include a quick chess puzzle, a substantive and level-appropriate lesson, and a challenge game with analysis. All lessons are very dependent on student level, and may include only some of those components.
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Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2010


I have been working with students for several years in formal and informal settings. I have a degree in psychology, with a minor in statistics. A couple years ago I began coaching chess at several local DC area schools, and tutoring private students. I love to help people learn a new subject, and I am especially passionate about engendering the joy of learning in young people.



Program Manager
Mar 2017 - Present
SIlver Knights Enrichment

Chess Coach
Aug 2015 - Present
Silver Knights Enrichment

I work as a chess coach for several local DC area schools through the Silver Knights Enrichment program.


BA Psychology
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Indiana University of PA
Chess studies
Aug 1997 - Jun 2005
Daniel Boone High School Chess Club


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Sep 2015
American Heart Association

Basic Life Support CPR


United States Chess Federation
May 2016

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is the official, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) US membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters. Our mission is to empower people through chess one move at a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

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Photos & Videos

Black to move - what's the best move?

Photo by Josh M.

White to move - what's the best move? Can we use a remove the defender tactic?

This position is from a very famous game. Can you tell which game? And what is white's best move?

Photo by Josh M.

Photo by Josh M.
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17 Reviews

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Naila Oct 27, 2017
Chess · Online

Sophie Sep 22, 2017
Chess · Online

Very patient, directs well, reinforces concepts.

Maryann Jul 27, 2017
Chess · Online

EXCELLENT teacher. My son LOVED his online lesson which Josh made seamless. Looking forward to having my son take more lessons with Josh. He makes in fun to learn the game.

Ishika Jul 11, 2017
Chess · Online

Josh was on time.My child was very comfortable with him. Had some good learning today. Great teacher!!!

KRISHNA Jul 11, 2017
Chess · Online

Gowri D. Jun 4, 2017
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Kristin M. May 4, 2017
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Tanya Mar 26, 2017
Chess · Online

Josh makes learning fun. I had a really good time learning chess.

I can't wait until next Sunday.

Yash Mar 9, 2017
Chess · Online


Paul Feb 26, 2017
Chess · In home

Josh is awesome. He taught me how to do castling.

-- Paul (age 6)

Tomi Feb 10, 2017
Chess · Online

Liam B. Jan 17, 2017
Chess · In home

great experience so far

Ben B. Jan 17, 2017
Chess · In home

We had our first lesson and the kids loved it! they can wait for next week. They were very happy. Josh was on time, professional and everything went smooth.

John Jan 2, 2017

Josh is the best!

Annemarie Nov 17, 2016
Chess · In home

My 10 year old son has really enjoyed working with Josh. Josh is patient, easily connects with kids and offers insights to helping improve my son's chess game. He looks forward to his time with Josh and is motivated to bring his game up to the next level by practicing the worksheets that Josh assigns him between lessons. I highly recommend Josh as a chess tutor.

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Jeremy T. Nov 17, 2016
Chess · Online

Speaking as a beginner, he's able to convey his knowledge with chess well to students. Would recommend to others looking for a tutor to up their game.

Gina May 20, 2016
Chess · Online

My first lesson with Josh was great. He is an amazing player and was very patient with me as I have not been playing chess for that long. He is very good teacher! I look forward to my next lesson!

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