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Jessica U.

48 Reviews
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  • Speaks American Sign Language
  • Teaching since 2019
  • Awarded College of Liberal Arts Exceptional Student Achievement Award from California State University Long Beach
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Jessica U.

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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 ...

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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

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Loved it.
Max
Wonderful lesson for my son who is about to turn 7
Alex
Brilliant! Clear lesson, effective communication and engaging lesson plan. I'm excited to take more lessons!
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Danial A.

38 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded 5 Time National Chess Champion from United States Chess Federation
  • Business Administration from University of Southern California
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Danial A.

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At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion and am currently the #1 18-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patient, inspiring, and hardworking chess coaches none of this would have been possible.

I began to play chess at 7 years old and after my coach ended our first class by saying, "Every champion was once a beginner" my youthful imagination ran wild and I was hooked. My early development in chess proved to be nontraditional where my structured classes provided by my school were supplemented by the aggressive, unconventional playing styles I learned from spending my weekends sneaking games in with hustlers at my local chess park. Yet learning these vastly different approaches to the game allowed me to become a more complete player, and after 6 weeks of practice, I could beat every kid in my class and almost defeated my coach. ...

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At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion, North American Junior Champion, and am currently the #1 19-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patie

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Telula
I've tried many different chess instructors and Danial really stood out. Great at pinpointing my weaknesses, and identifying when to use which principle. Best chess coach on the website
Tina
Try the online lessons! Great at explaining difficult concepts, and can quickly identify everything you need to work on. Danial gave me a reliable framework to think about any chess problem that arises. Definitely recommend!
tolen
Extraordinary player and coach! Danial really helped me pinpoint what to work on and challenged me to visualize several possibilities.
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Andrew H.

33 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Andrew H.

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I am a passionate chess coach available for instruction of all levels. I have been teaching for over 10 years in many schools and training private students. I have helped establish top chess teams recently including NEST+M, PS33, and Success Academy.

Several of my students achieved highest performance awards - top 100 in the country, two of which are now rated as high as 2300. I have taught an advanced class with chess world champion Magnus Carlsen. I make learning and playing chess enjoyable and fun. I have achieved a Candidate Master title with FIDE and USCF ratings of approximately 2100.

I have a business degree in finance from Bentley University and have worked several years on Wall Street. I enjoy all aspects of risk management and how it combines elements along with chess. I love working with children and have a strong track record of making many strong relationships. You will not find a more dedicated coach. My average student gains 200-800 points in strength quickly! ...

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I am a cool, energetic, and savvy instructor with a lot of experience. I've taught thousands of students over the years in schools and individually with a strong track record for gaining positive results. I have even taught a class at a chess camp with World Champion Magnus Carlsen. I am extrem

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Kevin
What a great chess teacher. Dynamic, agreeable, someone who sees exactly what you need and can help. Thanks Andrew!
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Siddharth G.

107 Reviews
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  • Speaks Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 to 65
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Siddharth G.

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I have been teaching chess for six 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 they 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

Hi there, my name is Siddharth and I have been teaching chess in public and private schools, including private lessons, over the last six 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 tourna

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Is a wonderful chess coach.
Angela
Mr Siddharth is a excellent instructor, this is my second review , My son has learned a lot Of tactic during class that are all key & dry point for helping my son thinking and playing in professional way, Thank you Mr Siddharth For your great and fun teaching / Angela
Justin
Great session, I 'm learning a lot,
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Cindle V.

19 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Music Education from Malone University
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Cindle V.

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I am ranked as a top female chess player and have played the game for most of my life. I have played in many national, state, and local tournaments and place well. I have been teaching students of all ages for over 15 years. I make lessons fun and enjoyable but also very understandable. I teach all levels and ages. This is a great game and I believe anyone can benefit from learning the game of chess.

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Hello, my name is Cindle V. and I love teaching music and chess. I have been teaching for 12 years. I have a bachelor's degree in music education and am currently teaching around 30 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My experience working with all types of l

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Beth
Clear instructions
Walter
While only the first lesson, Cindle had me thinking about chess in a way that I never had.
Matt M.
Very knowledgeable and helpful.
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thomas H.

35 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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thomas H.

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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.

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"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

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Leslie B.
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!!
Tiffany
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.
Giovani
So far, great!

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The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $84. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $45 and $185 per hour.
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"Atousa taught me many new concepts that I hadn’t seen before and wouldn’t have been able to discover without her help."
John
Took Chess lessons from Atousa P.
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"Very patient and exciting coach! My son is a beginner and only 9 years old but Danial explained everything in such an easy to understand manner that he was so thrilled after the lesson. Definitely one of, if not the, best teacher on the website."
Raphael
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
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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."
Dominick
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"Hiro is awsome with kids. He really puts in lot of efforts to explain things."
Bhawna
Took Chess lessons from Hiro H.
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"I have been taking lessons with Dipankar for the last 2 months and it has been a great experience!. Dipankar really is a tremendous teacher, who quickly identifies my weaknesses as a player, which allows me me work towards eliminating those weaknesses.

My weakness is that I have the tendency to rush, or to assume that a move is the correct one, when it's not! Dipankar's system has taught me to stop assuming, to look for further moves and to choose the correct move more often than before.

My Chess rating has gone up and I am a much stronger player today thanks to Dipankar! I strongly recommend him to any Player that wants to improve."
Alonso
Took Chess lessons from Dipankar G.
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"He explained a lot stuff"
Ava
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Execellent teacher. He made my son more passionate about chess. Can't thank him enough."
Sarmi
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"Kyle is very patient with my 8 year old. He was able to identify my child’s weaknesses quickly and begin to quickly improve his skills. I would recommend him as your son or daughters chess coach."
Kannon
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"HE SOUNDS LIKE A SMART GUY HE WAS GOOD"
CherRonne
Took Chess lessons from Hiro H.
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"Siddharth Sir has been a very patient and wise tutor to my 7 year old who is new to chess. My son looks forward to his chess lessons with Siddharth sir and that speaks volumes in itself,"
Shruthi Menon
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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Private Chess Lessons Near You

Nearly 15 centuries old, the game of chess originated in northern India in the sixth century C.E. The game then found its way to Persia, where it was adopted by Muslims after Arab conquests. With the Moorish invasion of Spain, chess found its way to Europe, where modern our modern rules of the game were developed. 

Chess tournaments began in the late 1800s and during the 20th century, advances in chess strategy and theory became increasingly prevalent. The computer completely changed the way people play, learn, and train for chess tournaments, as chess engines and databases began tracking and recording chess moves and strategies. 

Apart from the strategy of the game, chessboards and pieces are veritable works of arts. With one king and one queen, two rooks, two bishops, tw

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o knights, and two pawns, chessboards make attractive and fun centerpieces. If you want to learn more about playing chess, beat the computer, or love the game and want to learn to play like the greats — Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, or another — then studying with a private chess teacher can help you master the chessboard. 

Why Learn to Play Chess?

Often seen as a brainy game, it might not be surprising to learn that chess is very good for your brain. Regular chess playing triggers the growth of dendrites, which help conduct brain activity in general and more specifically in the prefrontal cortex (responsible for judgment, planning, and self-control). Chess play has also been shown to increase IQ, stave of dementia, develop creativity, and improve reading comprehension. Chess players really do train and work-out their brains, getting smarter with every move. 

Chess is also a great game for meeting new people and making friends. You can join a chess club, become a member of the World Chess Federation, or play in tournaments. As you win games (and lose) games, you'll gain self-confidence and improve your problem solving skills. You'll also develop lasting friendships with like-minded individuals. 

The Best Way to Learn Chess and What You'll Study in Lessons

Sure, you can find plenty of free chess classes online, but the best way to learn to play chess fast is by studying with a private chess tutor. Every private lesson is different. For example, chess lessons for adults differ from chess classes for children in terms of teaching style, training approach, and content. Plus, your tutor will customize each lesson to keep you motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Chess

If you've never played chess or have just a little experience, then beginner lessons are for you. In these lessons, you'll be introduced to the rules of chess and some beginner strategies to help you improve and understand the nature of the game. Your beginner chess teacher might cover the following subjects:

  • Learn the rules of the game
  • Study opening strategies
  • Learn how to apply opening strategies to play
  • Understand counting
  • Open vs. closed positions

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Chess

If you've had some experience playing chess, but want to take your skills and stratagems to the next level, then intermediate lessons are for you. In these lessons, you'll challenge increasingly complex opponent strategies and learn to develop your own techniques. Your intermediate chess tutor might cover the following topics:

  • The Petroff Defense
  • Playing fluid positions
  • Learn to develop pieces
  • Understand the concept of delayed attacks
  • Finding your opponent's weak spots

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Chess

Advanced lessons are intended for expert professional chess players to continue to develop their skills and challenge themselves to improve their game. In these classes, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional to improve your techniques, recognize your opponent's intentions, and more. The subjects studied in advanced lessons depend greatly on each student's goals and interests, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Recognize and avoid traps or poised pawns
  • Study the game's dynamics and tension
  • Learn to make highly strategic exchanges
  • Use computer chess to explore strategies
  • Competition and tournament preparation

How to Find a Chess Teacher Near You

Ready to master the chessboard with the help of a private teacher? You're in luck because finding a chess tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A simple search for a chess teacher near you will direct you to a long list of highly qualified and experience chess teachers. Before choosing the tutor who's right for you, we recommend looking at several profiles and reading through reviews left by other chess students, like you. 

The price of chess classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you should have no problem finding a tutor who fits your budget and your schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off quickly, as you learn new strategies quickly and improve your skills after only a single lesson!

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