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Average Cost of Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $50. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $240 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$32 average
$170
45-min $19
 
$43 average
$200
60-min $20
 
$50 average
$240

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute chess lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute chess lessons are 14% less expensive at $43, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $32.

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Chess Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Chess instructors

Sam C.

Miami Beach, FL
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Rockville, MD
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Schaumburg, IL
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About Sam C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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My students can expect a lesson that's full of fun, engaging and accompanied by a high level of passion and energy.
I'm result oriented and very dedicated to my students and provide students with a lot of constructive feedback during the lessons.

The lessons are supplemented by several materials: work book problems, live game play, student's game analysis, online resources, classic game review and much more. My custom lesson plans are based on the student's background and experience

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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson

About Josh M.

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Rockville, MD

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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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Naila October 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Sophie September 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Very patient, directs well, reinforces concepts.
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Maryann July 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.

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Class A (USCF rating of 1800-1999), ready to improve your game!
My objective is to help you get better at the game of chess. Playing chess can improve your ability to focus deeper.

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CherRonne A. November 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
he is a rellay good chess teacher hook him up at hiro
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CherRonne A. November 8, 2017
· Chess · Online
HE SOUNDS LIKE A SMART GUY HE WAS GOOD
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sharath K. October 1, 2017
· Chess · Online

Thomas H.

Chicago, IL
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Mark J.

North Tonawanda, NY
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John H.

Long Island City, NY
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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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Aleah P. October 17, 2017
· Chess · In home
Good teacher
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Myat L. September 29, 2016
· Chess · In 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.
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Barbara September 19, 2016
· Chess · In home
What an easy going and patient young man. So far, so good!

About Mark J.

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North Tonawanda, NY

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I have been coaching students of all ages for the past decade. I am currently coaching for Kids Play Chess in elementary and middle schools while working on improving myself (I intend to become a GM within the next 10 years). I have also taught chess in high school and college environments. I've to chosen to begin coaching 1 on 1 so I can develop more personalized regimens for my students and get the most out of my time and yours. I am currently rated 1900 USCF and have been playing for the past 25 years (since I was three). I would love for you to come and join me on an adventure to become the best chess players possible while having fun along the way!

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Vaishnavi B. November 9, 2017
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Sevi October 7, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Sheela R. October 6, 2017
· Chess · Online

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Long Island City, NY

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Discover and enjoy a 1,400 year old classic! Whether you're still trying to figure out "how the horsey moves" or wading into tournaments on the regular, I can help you key in on your mistakes, develop a practice regimen, and improve your results at the board.

As a 2000-rated Expert Chess Player and a Chess Teacher for NYC Public Schools, I have the ability to teach to any age level. We'll discuss the great men and women of chess history, tactics, tournament preparation, openings, middlegame plans, and endgames that will help ensure your victory. Come check me out!

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Kenneth H. November 18, 2017
· Chess · In home
He can interact with my kid quickly, understand his weakness right away. work with my kid nicely.
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Jeannette November 16, 2017
· Chess · In home
wonderful teacher.
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Ed October 17, 2017
· Chess · In home
Excellent

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