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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.

Advance players are those who play in tournaments and have a USCF (United States Chess Federation) rating between 1000-1799.

For advance players I offer a special package which includes a longer session, PGN (Portable Games Notation) of master level games and access to a chess Share drive.

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Lawrence teaches



Lawrence delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2000

I have worked independently as a chess teacher for over 14 years. I play in National tournaments and I have an online chess profile.

I have worked with two of the largest chess instruction companies in the U.S., Silver Knights and Chess Wizards.

My primary focus is with students who play in tournaments but I also work well with people who just want to learn the game.

As a self taught player I understand and emphasize with adult players who have time constraints.

A recent student of mine placed in the 2015 PA state championship for his age group.

I have a BS degree in Marketing from Georgetown University
I have a MS degree in Information Technology from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

When I am not teaching chess I work as a HR Consultant.

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Chess Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
Ariez Group


Sep 1997 - Dec 1999
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sep 1994 - May 1997
Georgetown University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

21 Reviews

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Matthew Jun 13, 2018
Chess · Online

Very good instructor, I have had two lessons so far with Lawrence. The first lesson he introduced me to the type of software he uses, he referred me to certain websites I should check out, like chessgames.com where we analyzed some master games in the opening that I play and an overview of what we would cover in lessons. My second lessons we worked on some tactics and some positions because I wanted to focus on more of my middle game. And he also helped prepare me for an upcoming tournament I am playing in by going over my openings. His explanations are clear, and he provides many additional resources to explore and study.

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Kathy May 3, 2018
Chess · Online

Lawrence is just awesome .. I am doing so much better than I ever dreamt I could. I a so happy to have found him! Thank you Lawrence

Marsha Mar 14, 2018
Chess · Online

Great teacher!

steve K. Jan 25, 2018
Chess · Online

Great teacher

Bob N. Nov 21, 2017
Chess · Online

As always, I learn a lot from Lawrence. And, to boot, have a good time doing it!

Joe Nov 14, 2017
Chess · Online

Lawrence continues to be an outstanding chess teacher!!! He easily gets 5 stars from me:)

Rebecca Oct 9, 2017
Chess · Online

Fun, sharp, and encouraging! Lawerence is a solid teacher!

Joe Jul 16, 2017
Chess · Online

Just wanted to add to the great reviews that Lawrence receives, I'm very impressed with my chess lessons from Lawrence. He is excellent at all aspects of teaching, furthermore, I recommend Lawrence to all those chess players that need help. Thanks Lawrence:)

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Richard Jul 11, 2017
Chess · Online

Excellent experience, I would recommend Lawrence to anyone. He is definitely the best chess instructor with whom I have ever worked.

Xun D. Apr 16, 2017
Chess · Online

It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Lawrence. Very patient and kind. Wonderful teacher. My kids have had fun with Mr. Lawrence

Zaid Mar 8, 2017
Chess · Online

My son liked the class and wanted to continue with the classes.

Luca A. Jan 9, 2017
Chess · Online

Great session! He was very patient with my 7 year old nephew and he demonatrated great knowledge in the material. Very enjoyable lesson. Thank you Lawrence!

Dalton M. Nov 11, 2016
Chess · Online

An excellent instructor who helped me see deeper in my strategical and tactical ability.

Jude C. Oct 7, 2016
Chess · Online

We just had first lesson with Lawrence.
I thought he was great! He's knowledgeable, patient & experienced.
My son enjoyed his time with Lawrence and he's excited about hie next lesson.
I should probably give him 5, but since it was only one lesson 4 for now. :)

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Joe Oct 6, 2016
· In home

Lawrence is an EXCELLENT teacher, I am enjoying his lessons and the way that Lawrence teaches. I plan on taking lessons with Lawrence for some time to come

Clarence Aug 18, 2016
Chess · Online

Lawrence is experienced and helpful. He knows his stuff. My eyes were opened to things that I never saw before. Patient, lively instructor.

Jeff Jun 6, 2016
Chess · In home

It has been great working with Lawrence. He has a great insight for the game of chess . He was always encouraging and very helpful . I am interested in continuing our sessions

Rudy May 22, 2016
Chess · Online

Very knowledgeable!

Andre K. May 18, 2016
Chess · Online


Victoria P. May 17, 2016
Chess · Online

Lawerence is a good teacher and explains simply the game of chess so that any one can learn

Subbu P. Mar 17, 2016
Chess · Online

Lawrence is the best and passionate chess teacher. He finds articles and other things that really help my son chess skills. I can contact him and schedule lesson as needed. My son loves and eagerly waits for his lessons every week. He is friendly with kids.

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