thomas hodo
Chicago, IL
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thomas hodo

thomas H.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Beginning students can expect to learn piece movement, game rules, point value, notation, opening theory, pawn structure, en passant, check v. Checkmate v. Stalemate, pawn promotion, castling, and more. Intermediate students can expect to quickly refresh on all the above as well as learn techniques like pins, forks, skewers, discovered check, double threat, advanced openings, end game theory, tournament prep, and so much more.

About thomas H.

"Good things come to those who know chess."
-Thomas H.

A bit about myself, I started playing chess at the age of 9 and have been playing ever since. I have been apart of several championship teams, and I have achieved many individual honors as well. I currently play chess professionally, teach (k-8) afterschool lessons for Chess Wizards, head instruction for the youth/adult program Rebuild Knights, and I am a member of team Illinois. My lessons include worksheets, gameplay vs. Myself, and a tablet for cpu play and analysis. If you have any questions feel free to ask! Let's schedule your lesson today!

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William
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Great Job!

Posted Nov 26, 2021
Leslie B.
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Thomas is so thorough, helpful, and clear. He clearly understands and loves chess, and his excitement for it is contagious. My son loves doing lessons with him. Thank you!!

Posted Oct 10, 2021
Tiffany
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Best chess teacher ever that I ever had seen in my life and he is the best person that I ever have seen play chess in my entire life and I want to see my chess teacher and my dad have a great chess battle I’m going to be able to get to watch them I hope at least if they let me and if they get a chance to meet each other I wonder who will win I think you’re going to win Mr.
Thomas anyway bye.

Posted Sep 29, 2021
Giovani
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So far, great!

Posted Jul 20, 2021
Tiffany
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just makes me want to always play chess forever and ever and ever and ever hi Mr. Thomas see you on the next chess lessons bye and can you keep teaching.

Posted Jul 14, 2021
Tiffany
Profile-location-online Online

best chess teacher ever!!!!!!

Posted Jun 23, 2021
LR
Profile-location-online Online

My son loves his lessons!

Posted Jun 16, 2021
Tiffany
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best teacher ever

Posted May 19, 2021
Mia
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Had my 1st of three classes with Thomas. Really great at laying the foundations and left me with some skills to work on before the next class!

Posted Apr 16, 2021
Nolan K.
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My grandson is five and loves chess. Thomas is a fantastic teacher! I’m glad I sat in, as I learned a whole lot. Now I’ll be able to play with Nolan and reinforce the lessons taught us by Thomas. Thomas is absolutely perfect for us. I’m really happy I got the ten lesson package. No regrets.

Posted Jan 16, 2021
Chuck R.
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Very helpful. Exactly what I signed up for. Recommend Thomas highly. Good guy.

Posted Dec 30, 2020
Chuck R.
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Very helpful and informative.

Posted Dec 28, 2020
Chuck R.
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Best way to learn weaknesses and improve on them. Thomas is the perfect solution.

Posted Dec 21, 2020
Wolf
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Thomas is a great teacher! He explains everything in a very organized way that was easy to understand.

Posted Dec 7, 2020
Michael
Profile-location-online Online

I’ve had a number of lessons with Thomas thus far and he is an incredible teacher. He makes it very easy to understand strategy and things I should work on. The screen sharing online style works very well too. He walks through my games with me and provides very personalized insight that is significantly improving my game. I would highly recommend Thomas.

Posted Nov 24, 2020
Henry
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Thomas was great. My 7 year-old son had a blast. He's looking forward to next week.

I liked that Thomas was able to see right away what level my son was at so that we didn't have to waste time relearning things that he already knew.

Posted Nov 10, 2020
Anitha
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Thomas is a wonderful teacher I have been with so far! He explains concepts so well that is easy to understand and am learning concepts faster. Am very much eagerly awaiting for my upcoming classes with him.

Posted Sep 29, 2020
Allen N.
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Three lessons in and things are going great so far. His explanations have been clear and easy to understand. Even if we are looking at a more complicated position, he's been able to break it down in a way that makes sense.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
Josiah, J.
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My Black sons learning chess from a Black instructor was amazingly indescribable. Thomas gets an A+ from us!

Posted Sep 15, 2020
Rod S.
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Great first lesson. Thomas does an excellent job explaining concepts.

Posted Aug 24, 2020
Johnathan
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Johnathan said he thought he was a good player before his first class. 😂 He learned a lot and is excited about getting better.

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Poorva P.
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I like this instructor because he plays games on chess and he teaches step by step so that it is simple to understand where as some teachers give you a load at 1 time and he doesn't give any homework but to practice what we learned so I think that anyone who wants to learn chess on TakeLessons should take the lessons with Thomas.

Posted Jul 7, 2020
Meg & Mal P.
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Both my kids enjoyed their chess class with teacher Thomas! They were engaged throughout and came out super pumped and looking forward to their next lesson!

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Deborah W.
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This was great. He was extremely through and detailed. I was absorbed by the lesson and never looked at the clock. Looking forward to many future lessons.

Posted Apr 26, 2020
Myla M.
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Great patience and positive energy

Posted Mar 23, 2020
William C.
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Great lesson! He made sure everything was understandable, and easy to remember.

Posted May 24, 2019
Aleah P.
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Good teacher

Posted Oct 17, 2017
Myat L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I just want to say, "I am very pleased working with Thomas." I never thought that I could master the game of chess especially by being impatient and a slower learner. This is my fourth lesson and I have already played a game of chess. Thank You So Much, Thomas. I can't wait until my next lessons.

Posted Sep 29, 2016
Barbara
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What an easy going and patient young man. So far, so good!

Posted Sep 19, 2016
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Experience

Chess Instructor/ IL Site Manager
Aug 2012 - Present

Chess Wizards

As a Chess Wizard's Chess Instructor I provide a fun, safe elective learning program typically held after-school at various locations. ages typically range from pre K to 5th grade and class sizes up to 20 children per instructor for veteran instructors. (10 to 1 is normal ratio). I have fingerprint and FBI background clearance to work in CPS, Catholic, Charter, Montessori, and Private schools. as the IL manager, I mainly assist the instructors with chess knowledge and child safety tips.

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Mandated Reporter
Jan 2021

Department of Family Services

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as a continuing education sponsor of selected social work, professional counselor, and marriage and family therapy training. If you wish to use this course for professional continuing education credit, you must print and submit your certificate to the appropriate regulatory agency. DCFS cannot provide any other form of documentation. Social Work Sponsor License # 159-000526 Marriage and Family Therapy Sponsor License # 168000102 Professional Counseling Sponsor License # 197-000001
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