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Average Cost of Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons is $52. 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
 
$33 average
$170
45-min $20
 
$45 average
$200
60-min $20
 
$52 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 $45, and 30-minute lessons cost 37% less at $33.

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Chess Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Chess instructors

Eric S.

Torrance, CA
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Josh M.

Rockville, MD
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Schaumburg, IL
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About Eric S.

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Torrance, CA
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You will have more confidence & fun when playing this great game after a few sessions whether your a beginner or more advanced.

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joseph January 15, 2017
· Chess · In home
my 8 yo son is a beginner. Eric was very nice and patient.
easy to follow instructions and promotes thinking behind every move.
great fun. highly recommend.
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Gwendolyn September 12, 2016
· Chess · In home
Eric was wonderful. He had lots of patience, which I appreciated. And he was very polite and respectful.

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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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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Ishika July 11, 2017
· Chess · Online
Josh was on time.My child was very comfortable with him. Had some good learning today. Great teacher!!!
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KRISHNA July 11, 2017
· Chess · Online

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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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Sandeep February 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Great experiance teaching to my son
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Naren January 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Denise December 5, 2016
· Chess · In studio
It was a bit hard to schedule a lesson with him because of our work schedule and his school schedule. He did mention it was finals week for him so i understand. We actually lost track of time and spend an extra 30 mins playing! It was fun! And i will schedule another lesson soon!

Thomas H.

Chicago, IL
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Manasi B.

Austin, TX
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Jean-Marc J.

Skokie, IL
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About 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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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 Manasi B.

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Taking one step at a time is the key to teaching this game. The more you practice, the better you get at it!

Trivia time: Chess originated in India and is called Chaduranga in Sanskrit

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Ram August 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Manasi was very good in getting across the right concepts for the kids. She was well prepared and interacted well with the kids. She repeated a few complex concepts till the kids got it well. The kids loved it and were excited to learn more. Thanks!
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Aarti June 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Clear, thorough and easy to follow directions with effective communication skills. Interesting and fun learning experience.
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Agamya May 28, 2017
· Chess · Online
Good communication, knowledgeable. My daughter was comfortable learning.

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Learn the basics of chess or how to improve your game if you already know how to play

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John August 7, 2017
· Computer Programming · Online
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Ravi Raghavan July 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Piaget July 24, 2017
· JavaScript · Online
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