Siddharth Galliara
Clarksburg, MD
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Siddharth Galliara

Siddharth G.

Clarksburg, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching chess for 3 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 the 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 G.

Hi there, my name is Siddharth and I have been teaching chess in public and private schools, including private lessons, over the last three 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 tournament level competition. Recently, two of my students have won in their respective tournaments.

I attended De Monte Fort University in England and earned my degree in Textile Technology and Business Management in 1976. Since then I have been fortunate to be able to travel worldwide.

I enjoy teaching children of all ages, as well as adults. My philosophy is to make chess a fun experience while improving my students' technical skills.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals.


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73 Reviews
Trisha Srivastava
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Mr. Siddharth is teaching our 5 year old. It has been just two classes and I see my son being excited for the class. Mr. Siddharth is very patient and takes time to go over concepts and tests them out with our son and never rushes him even if it goes beyond time.
Even before the classes started he called us to get an idea on our son's competency level which was very appreciated. We look forward to continue the training with him!

Posted Sep 18, 2020
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I find the lessons to be very fun and I am learning a lot, the lessons have really helped me play better whenever I practice chess with friends.

Posted Sep 15, 2020
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Siddharth is an excellent teacher. He was able to quickly assess my daughter's skill level and begin teaching her foundation and strategy to improve her game. Very patient and good with children. Highly recommended.

Posted Aug 13, 2020
sthiti S.
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Posted Jul 29, 2020
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My 8 year old son really enjoys his sessions with Siddharth G. His game and confidence has improved and I am positive it will get even better with additional classes. He appreciates how patient his instructor is and the positive reinforcement provided during the lessons. As a parent, I like getting updates on his progress and additional 'homework' (puzzles) he gets - definitely comes in handy during this quarantine phase.
We definitely recommend Siddharth G. to anyone looking to learn chess, improve or get to the next level.

Posted Jul 20, 2020
Dominick M.
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Great first lesson, I’m looking forward to many more. Siddharth makes you think and had me write the moves down, which helped me understand better. Highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 30, 2020
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Siddharth is an incredible teacher. I am just a novice--maybe intermediate--player, but he helped me up my game a lot! He is a nice person and always seems to be teaching someone. Great lesson plans, too. He's awesome.

Posted Jun 4, 2020
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Great teacher and my daughter really loves her class. He is very patient with kids.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
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Posted Apr 4, 2020
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Great teacher! I had my first lesson tonight and I learned so much in that 45 minute period! Excellent teacher in every way: patient, friendly, smart, super knowledgeable, and forces you to think without overdoing it. I can't wait for the next lesson.

Posted Mar 6, 2020
Evan&Luaren F.
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He was a nice teacher and helped us learn more tactics and made us think harder then we ever did. Thank you Siddharth!

Posted Feb 29, 2020
Bodhi B.

Siddharth was very patient with my 6 year old son. He really managed to engage him.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Gary Lilienfield
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Siddharth is very pleasant, patient, and knowledgeable. Glad I got the lessons.

Posted Dec 12, 2019
Antony T.
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My son has improved a lot after he started taking chess lessons from Mr. Siddharth. He has learnt a lot of new techniques and is excited to use them in games.

Posted Oct 30, 2019
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Great teacher! My 8 year old is learning the essentials of chess and we are pleased with her progress.

Posted Oct 26, 2019
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Its really, a wonderful experience. Great place to learn. Instructor is so kind & patience in teaching and technically skilled. Waiting to learn more & more.

Posted Oct 19, 2019
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Posted Sep 7, 2019
Antony T.
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Posted Jul 11, 2019
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Posted Jul 9, 2019
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Very knowledgeable about chess and very patient. Very happy with my lessons so far, instant improvement after the first lesson.

Posted Jun 21, 2019
Ritu B.
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Posted May 25, 2019
Ji-Won Son
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This is a first lesson and my daughter loves his lession.

Posted May 17, 2019
RupaRani A.
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Posted May 14, 2019
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Posted Apr 13, 2019
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Mr.Siddharth is a great instructor. My son wanted to join chess, but I wasn't sure how much online classes can help. After few classes, I could see my son started showing more interest in chess and he was proud of his progress as well. He is looking forward for the class. Thats a very good sign for me. I would highly recommend Mr.Siddharth.

Posted Apr 8, 2019
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He is a very friendly teacher. He has taught me a lot. I appreciate him taking his time to teach me new moves. Thank you for teaching me Siddarth. I look forward to future lessons.

Posted Feb 5, 2019
Emma G.
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Great first lesson for my 8 year old! Siddhartha is energetic and patient!

Posted Jan 26, 2019
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My 7yr old has been going to Siddharth sir since 1yr now. Under Siddharth's sir guidance my son has really excelled in chess, he also took part in a chess competition and won through all the rounds in his age group and got his 1st trophy. Siddharth sir has helped him through learning the game further and building his strategies, he is really patient with him and prepared him well for the next stage.

Posted Jan 12, 2019
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Mr. Siddharth is an excellent chess teacher with great patience and experience! My son has been enjoying the chess classes he teaches online.

Posted Dec 12, 2018
Velta J.
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Very happy to meet this wonderful chess instructor ! We had online lessons with Mr.Siddharth before the chess tournament and my son took the first prize! He got lots of useful techniques and tips from Mr.Siddharth that helped him to win. His lesson is always very interesting, full of new information and the time flies by !

Posted Dec 2, 2018
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My son loved his first class very much. Would love to see his progress.

Posted Oct 31, 2018
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A lot to absorb for a first lesson.

Posted Oct 30, 2018
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Siddharth taught my son some very useful principles strategies. We will be arranging for more lessons from him for sure.

Posted Oct 21, 2018
Christian S.
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Posted Oct 16, 2018
Brittany reichenau
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My son (age 11) loved Mr. Siddharth ! Great experience 💙💙

Posted Oct 15, 2018
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Coach Siddarth worked with my 7 yr old twins this summer .. The kids have phenomenally improved .. From knowing just the basics .. in 20 classes .. kids can now play a decent game ..
Highly recommend !

Posted Oct 5, 2018
RupaRani A.
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Posted Oct 2, 2018
Anirudh I.
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The learning experience was great and very informative. The only minor problem that occurred was that the video kept freezing every three seconds, making it difficult to understand what the instructor was saying. However, this may only be a website problem; my experience with Siddharth was enjoyable and educational.

Posted Sep 20, 2018
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The best

Posted Sep 19, 2018
Sarmi B.
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Excellent teacher

Posted Sep 17, 2018
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Execellent teacher. He made my son more passionate about chess. Can't thank him enough.

Posted Sep 4, 2018
Anirudh I.
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Posted Aug 30, 2018
Rajarshi D.
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Very friendly, nice guidance. Today was the first class, wish a great learning sessions ahead.

Posted Aug 29, 2018
Ranjan D.
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Posted Aug 29, 2018
Mariam C.
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Coach Siddharth was my daughter’s chess coach this past spring. He coached the beginner students and was extremely patient and kind while the students got up to speed with the rest of the group. He is very knowledgeable and his passion for the game can be seen through demonstration of various strategies he teaches. This was my daughter’s first experience with chess club. She learned so much and had her first check mate!

Posted Aug 24, 2018
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A very patient and friendly teacher, both my kids have enjoyed learning how to play chess!.

Thanks You!

Posted Jul 30, 2018
Dan L.
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Great teacher. Smart, patient, easy going, and really knows the game of chess.

Posted Jul 19, 2018
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Mr. Siddharth is a good chess teacher with patience. My son enjoyed to learn chess from him.

Posted Jul 18, 2018
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Siddharth is a very good chess teacher. My son learned learned a lot in 2 sessions and really enjoyed it.

Posted Jul 17, 2018
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I enjoyed taking lessons with Mr.Siddharth. He was a really cool instructor I could talk to and easily forget about time. It's always good to be so engaged with what you are learning that you put all your focus into the subject, and he easily allowed that. I even went over time in my first lesson, we were both so engaged!

I highly recommend Mr.Siddharth as an instructor. I am a relatively advanced player, but I can see how his wisdom can transfer over to beginners and intermediates. I will consider even more lessons in the future. One small caveat was his small bouts of absent-mindedness (moving the wrong piece, forgetting what as the last move), but that never caused so much confusion I didn't know what was going on.

Overall, he doesn't disappoint. Book a lesson with him, and you'll learn something.

Posted Jul 17, 2018
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Knew the game well and had lots of experience. Good at explaining.

Posted Jul 2, 2018
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Great start.

Posted Jun 9, 2018
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Very friendly and patient Tutor. My daughter was introduced to the game for the first time and she has learned a lot in the last 3 sessions. Curriculum used is very good. Introduces a new idea everyday and winds up the session with practicing what was taught earlier that session.

Posted Jun 6, 2018
Jennifer S.
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Siddharth was very patient and helped my two kids 8 & 10 a great deal with their chess. Very professional and a great teacher!

Posted May 30, 2018
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Siddharth sir has had a very positive influence on my sons chess skills and strategy. He is a great mentor for him my 7 year old looks forward to each class with him so he can learn and practice new skills

Posted Apr 22, 2018
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Siddharth is an excellent teacher. My son goes to beginners chess class and he totally loves it.

Posted Apr 6, 2018
Hema parvathareddy
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I liked it very much.

Posted Mar 16, 2018
Rohit V.
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My son is enjoying the class so far.

Posted Jan 26, 2018
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Posted Jan 10, 2018
Kameshwari chandrasekar
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My son and daughter joined 6 months back both are really liked the chess class and improved a lot Siddharth it was greatly appreciated.

Posted Dec 19, 2017
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My son has recently started learning from Siddharth sir. He likes it alot.
Siddharth is a very good teacher.

Posted Dec 13, 2017
Divya Kestur
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We are happy with Siddharth

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Phuong Van
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Coach Siddharth is an excellent coach!! He is very dedicated to his job as well as his student. He is always supporting and guiding Tyler to be the best at chess by providing different techniques to fit his age. Tyler has made so much progress and he enjoys coming to chess. I’m really happy and pleased with coach Siddharth!!

Posted Nov 25, 2017
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I must admit, in the beginning I was reluctant on trying our online lessons. However, Siddharth was awesome. We had connectivity problems and he just rolled with it. The lessons online were great and our boys really enjoy learning chess.

Posted Oct 5, 2017
Reddy A.
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Mr.Siddarth is a wonderful chess coach. My son enjoys his class a lot.

Posted Sep 28, 2017
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My kids are enjoying coach Siddharth chess classes. He is a great coach. My kids

are always look forward to going to his classes. Coach Siddharth has helped improve

their chess games greatly. My kids are ready to part in the tournament. I would

highly recommend any parents to send their kids to coach Siddarth chess classes.

Posted Sep 11, 2017
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Coach Siddharth has been a colleague of mine and a chess coach in great standing at Silver Knights Enrichment for the past few years; during this time I have had the privileged of co-coaching groups of young chess enthusiasts with him on numerous occasions and have been continually appreciative of Siddharth's ability to effectively impart his vast knowledge of chess concepts and principles to young students. In addition to his enthusiasm for teaching, he also has a patient demeanor and a wonderful way with kids. Recently I was pleased to learn that one of Siddharth's private students participated in his first scholastic chess tournament and won First Place in his division! Bravo coach!

Posted Apr 7, 2017
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My Kid started going to Siddharth's Chess class few months ago, he is really enjoying in playing chess. Instructor is very encouraging and my kid is always ready to go to chess class at any time. He is an excellent teacher.My son is having a very great time in learning Chess from Siddharth .

Posted Mar 28, 2017
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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.

Posted Mar 21, 2017
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My experience as working along with Sid as his Chess Aide at various school locations; is he has excellent classroom management skills which in turn the students grasp the lessons more quickly. Also, the students are more engaged in the lessons as well. He is aware of making sure all students understand how each piece moves and knows what to do at the end of each lesson before they play a game. He praises each student on their ability and knowledge of chess and helpful with others who are still learning the basics. As a chess aide and helper for Sid, I thoroughly enjoy working with someone who has great enthusiasm!

Posted Mar 21, 2017
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Siddarth is amazing with his students. He able to keep young children engaged and ensures students are all active participants in lessons. He manages to be observant of multiple games and always willing to give assistance. His knows his content and is exciting to watch work.

Posted Mar 15, 2017
Ketan Ganatra
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Sid is an excellent chess coach. My two daughters benefitted from his style and experience in chess. Verrrry gentle with kids and that helps create an environment where kids develop a love for the game. Sid is also easy to work with for parents.

Posted Mar 14, 2017
Josh M.

I have worked with Siddharth for quite some time and he is a great teacher and enthusiastic in how he works with students. He's a great guy!

Posted Mar 12, 2017

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Chess Coach
Jan 2015 - Present

Silver Knights Enrichments LLC

I have been teaching chess to students in Montgomery and Frederick County Public as well as Private Schools for the past three years

May 2012 - Present

Potomac Pizza Palace LLC

Manage employees ranging from line cooks to managers. Developed training programs for the staffs to enable better customer service. Created marketing needs and strategy to increase sales. Maintained accounting and finances of the business.


Certificate in Textile Design
Jul 1976 - Oct 1977

Neuchatel Design School

Bachelor Business Management and Textile Technology
Aug 1972 - Jul 1976

De Monte University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Protect Children ( Maryland )
Oct 2015


Completed the course in child protection
Eliminating Bullying
Oct 2015


Studied how to prevent bullying and handle bullying


Bachelor Business Management and Textile Technology
Jul 1976

De Monte University

Diploma in Textiles
Jul 1973

City of Leicester Polytechnic


United States Chess Federation
Oct 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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