Learn Chess your way with a TakeLessons expert
Subject-header-shapes-spanish

Meet a Few of Our Amazing Instructors

What works for you? Online lesson or local teacher? Either way, your chess lessons are live, interactive, and customized for you.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Jerry S.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Chess from Coach FIDE IM Eugene Odnorochenko
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Jerry S.

3 Reviews
Book Now
Online Chess Teacher

I am an experienced chess coach who works with all levels of scholastic and adult players. I hold a USCF CM title, as well as having 15+ years experience coaching absolute beginners up to A Class. I am an attacking player who has a aggressive tactical style where sacrifices and king assaults are my specialty. If you are looking to play quiet chess, then my lessons are not for you! I teach my students to seek and exploit the advantage from move 1. We will increase your knowledge of Strategy, Tactics, Positional Elements, Middlegame, Endgame, and Openings to name just a few. We will also train and hone the crucial skills necessary to improve your playing level such as Critical Thinking, Calculation, and Pattern Recognition. My goal for every student is for you to someday win a chess game against...ME! Looking forward to assisting your mastery of this awesome and amazing game!

About Jerry

I am a USCF CM level chess coach and trainer with over 15 years experience assisting students of all playing levels achieve their chess goals. I coach students from absolute beginner to A Class and beyond. I play 1.e4 and have an aggressive attacking style, and so I will teach you how to obtain and

Recent Reviews
Abe R.
Jerry did a phenomenal job of teaching me the game of chess and growing my game. Jerry is professional, punctual and patient. He has a great command of chess and does an exceptional job of build your foundation of understanding with a goal of mastery. He is readily available to answer all questions and makes the learning an engaging endeavor for the learner. I highly recommend Jerry for any student of chess, no matter the level of understanding. Jerry is awesome.
Logan
Great
Jonathan
Jerry is great instructor! Super knowledgeable about all aspects of chess and is super good at breaking things down to improve your fundamental understanding of the game. I've only been taking lessons for three weeks and my rating has already gone up several hundred points. Lessons are often broken down into theory and calculation training which has solidified my opening repertoire and my tactical vision!
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Dennis U.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks some japanese
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Dennis U.

3 Reviews
Book Now
Online Chess Teacher

I have been playing chess for well over 30 years. I have taught one on one to
children and adults for about 10 years. I have great patience when I teach
students never believing that any concept is too difficult to understand or
master. I have a love for the game that I want to instill in others
My lessons are affordable, and I TAILOR my lesson plan according to my student's
preferences and needs. Alot of times I will go overtime but will not charge my student extra. I will use just about anything in my lessons including:
chess books, chess websites, chess databases, going over a student's recent games and my own personal experiences with chess
I have hundreds of chess books and have gotten to know lots of chess players
throughout the years. I do my best to have my students gain an UNDERSTANDING of the game rather than just rote memorization.
Finally, a senior master state champion once told me there are NO SECRETS to chess improvement especially at the beginner and intermediate
...

About Dennis

I have been playing chess for 30 + years and have a USCF expert rating... I am in the top 1 percent on chess.com on online games. I have taught chess in afterschool programs and one on one in homes for over 10 years. I learned chess when I was 7 years old however I didn't take it seriously until I

Recent Reviews
Manami
Teacher Dennis is really kind to kids. My son 7years old is learning chess from him. My son said he is the best chess teacher! Thank you. Teacher Dennis!
Liam H.
My son looks forward to his weekly chess lesson with Dennis
Charles C.
very good
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Atousa P.

32 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $85
  • Speaks Russian, Farsi, English
  • Bachelor's degree of Sport Science from Tehran University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Atousa P.

32 Reviews
Book Now
Online Chess Teacher

Learn Chess from a Woman Chess Grand Master!

She's been teaching chess from beginner to advanced level for more than 10 years.
She's been playing chess professionally Since 1996.

About Atousa

Becoming the world youth champion at 12 and chess Grand Master at 20, would have never been possible without receiving the best chess lessons from my trainers and coaches. Everyone needs guidance in chess, I’m here to share my knowledge with you. Despite being a professional chess player since

Recent Reviews
Shea
Great experience. I learned a large amount in just 90 minutes. She was very patient with me and took the time to address portions of the game that I was both interested in learning and were important that I was not aware of. Well worth every dollar spent.
Michael D.
Amazing instructor. My advice, if you want to learn, learn from the best. My understanding of chess is so much better after my lessons from Atousa. She is awesome. Answer all my questions, taught me how to practice and what to practice. How to understand seemingly simple concepts that separate low rated players from high rated players.
Patrick
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Jessica U.

63 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks American Sign Language
  • Bachelor's Degree - English - Creative Writing from California State University Long Beach
  • Awarded College of Liberal Arts Exceptional Student Achievement Award from California State University Long Beach
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Jessica U.

63 Reviews
Book Now
Online Chess Teacher

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 ...

About Jessica

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

Recent Reviews
Mariluz
Great lesson by analyzing all the moves from both sides.
Mooya N.
I Like You!!!!!!
Sam
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Danial A.

43 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $150
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Business Administration from University of Southern California
  • Teaching since 2015
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Danial A.

43 Reviews
Book Now
Online Chess Teacher

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. ...

About Danial

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

Recent Reviews
Celeste
What an absolute joy and privilege to have my 5y/o son take lessons with Danial . Danial asked the proper questions to cater towards my sons level and keep him engaged. Very well spoken talented young man. I shall keep him at the top of our list when it comes to a chess instructor. Thanks Danial , my little man loved the experience and wants to continue on with the game .
Sapna D.
Danial is an awesome instructor. My 7 year old daughter enjoyed her lessons with Danial. He is patient and explains the concepts really well. I would highly recommend Danial.
Jada
Danial is an excellent teacher for every student, no matter the age or experience level. He is very experienced and skilled, and his lessons are always extremely informative and enjoyable. I've seen great improvement in my lessons. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Danial. You'll definitely enjoy every lesson!
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Cindle V.

23 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $29
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2008
  • Music Education from Malone University
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Cindle V.

23 Reviews
Book Now
Online Chess Teacher

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.

About Cindle

Hello, my name is Cindle V. and I love teaching music and chess. I have been teaching for 15 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

Recent Reviews
Patty
Cindle makes learning the piano fun. She is energetic, very knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about music, and passes on her enthusiasm to me. She makes learning interesting by relating her past experiences and education. It's always a pleasure to receive a lesson in piano from her.
Emily
I have literally zero musical background/talent and randomly decided to take up the mandolin. I found Cindle and had my first lesson yesterday evening...

Cindle is awesome!! She teaches in a way that is easy to understand and has a great sense of humor. I never felt overwhelmed or defeated. I can't wait to continue weekly lessons!

10/10 recommend! :)
Geryel N.
Great teacher. My son already is practicing all that he learned. Looking forward for the next one!

A Better Way to Learn

Expert Teachers

Top rated instructors guide you in every step of your journey

Personalized Lessons

Your style, your pace. Customized lessons designed for you

100% Guaranteed

Try a lesson. If you're not satisfied we'll refund your unused balance

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing chess teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream chess teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Online Chess Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute online chess lessons is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $32 and $200 per hour.
30 min
$38 average
45 min
$54 average
60 min
$67 average

How It Works

Here's why 2 million people a month use TakeLessons

Match

Find your perfect chess teacher in under 3 minutes. Need help finding the right teacher? Call our friendly student counselors at 877-231-8505877-231-8505.

Meet

Your instructor will motivate, support, and inspire you. Meet up with your teacher in person or connect with them online anywhere around the world!

Master

Each chess lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

Educating the World

310
Lifelong learning subjects offered
6,483
Amazing, inspiring, supportive teachers
2,045,044
People that use our platform each month
3,004,877
Lessons given around the world

Why TakeLessons?

  • Easy and Hassle-Free
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Background Checked Teachers
  • Over 3 Million Lessons Given

Hear From TakeLessons Chess Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

Profile_122887_pi_Trophy%20picture
"Siddharth is a wonderful coach.my son is a beginner in chess and learnt many in just 2 classes. Siddharth is very patient and thoughtful and helpful .He email me learning topic for supporting review during week .playing chess is becoming a popular table game in my family.my son loves learning with coach Siddharth. 2 Thumbs up👍🏽👍🏽"
Angela
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
Profile_237164_pi_58d92a3ce78ebb894292b4dae2f2748da62f0055
"At first I thought the price was too expensive, but after only one class with my son I was blown away! We not take regular classes from Danial twice a week. His ability to work with kids and not only make the game fascinating, but convey complex ideas in easy to understand ways is unmatched! In addition, his many years of international tournament experience and ideas gathered from the best in the world is clearly evident. 10/10 recommend. He is the best teacher I have seen on the platform!"
Ryan
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
Profile_250519_pi_355d53cba50570b553dd3648f6f3030f9b119576
"Kyle is an amazing instructor! In one session he went over six or seven studies and allowed me to try and work out complicated winning ideas in different positions, and then showed me the correct ones and more importantly, the ideas that a chess player should take away from them. I can genuinely say that even in that one session, I feel like Kyle helped me substantially improve as a chess player."
Zach
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
Profile_219156_pi_Chess%20picture
"I received very valuable and professional lessons from Dipankar. He reviewed prior games I had played on chess.com with his expert eye and gave me many specific useful lessons out of these games. I really appreciate the effort and attention he put in! My daily chess.com rating has improved 100points in a month after putting his specific pointers to work. Thanks Dipankar!"
Dan
Took Chess lessons from Dipankar G.
Profile_144978_pi_12074933_10206521930200240_602706243765129157_n
"My 9 year old daughter really enjoyed her time with Joshua, he is a very good and patient instructor. She is a beginner at Chess and really seems to enjoy it. It is awesome to see her gears turning while trying to think ahead for her next move."
Ivan
Took Chess lessons from Joshua F.
Profile_122887_pi_Trophy%20picture
"This is a first lesson and my daughter loves his lession."
Ji-Won Son
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
Profile_237164_pi_58d92a3ce78ebb894292b4dae2f2748da62f0055
"Danial is a good instructor for very beginner too. He was so patient with teaching and good at making kid focus on his lesson.Although my son doesn’t speak English much, he could lead and satisfy my son with no problem."
Marie
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
Profile_144978_pi_12074933_10206521930200240_602706243765129157_n
"Really great teacher who has a great connection to kids"
mikhail
Took Chess lessons from Joshua F.
Profile_237164_pi_58d92a3ce78ebb894292b4dae2f2748da62f0055
"The teacher young , but my son likes him. More accessible. He feel he can understand better . When the first lesson finish. My son very exciting!
The teacher know how can let student love chess!"
Derrick
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
Profile_237164_pi_58d92a3ce78ebb894292b4dae2f2748da62f0055
"Danial's unparalleled ability to not only teach general principles but tailor each lesson to shift intuition/strategic thinking on an individual level really sets him on a level above the rest. Definitely the most helpful and patient teacher out there."
Colin
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
View More
View Less

Online Chess Lessons

Online Chess Classes

Chess is one of the oldest board games in history. Dating back to sometime before the 7th century, this ancient board game continues to captivate its players. It’s a two-person complex board game involving strategy and tactics. The opponents work to attack and capture the other’s pieces.

Unlike many other games, chess is a challenging game that is difficult to master. Before sitting down to a match, the players must have a strong understanding of the game. Aside from knowing the countless strategies, rules, and patterns, the players must use logical thinking and critically analyze each move. No two games are the same, as each move can result in a drastically different outcome.

Not only is chess tricky to master, but it can be challenging to l

...

earn. Whether you are looking to start with the basics or take your chess skills up a notch, online chess lessons may be right for you. When you sign up with TakeLessons, you’ll receive online chess instruction with a certified teacher who can help you checkmate that king piece.

Why Take Online Chess Lessons?

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that countless classes are now available on virtual platforms. Now more than ever, students and instructors are turning to online courses because they provide convenience and flexibility. Students can sign on and learn where and when works best for them. From tutoring sessions to university-level courses, nearly every kind of class is available online these days.

At TakeLessons, we understand that online courses provide you with the freedom and flexibility to learn whenever is most convenient for you. That’s why we make it easier than ever to learn chess online. All you need is an internet connection and access to a smartphone, laptop, or computer web camera to begin your virtual chess classes.

Because we invite you to choose your preferred chess tutor, you can pick one who has a schedule that best suits yours. Want to learn chess on a weekday morning? Or how about on a weekend afternoon? Our private tutors are available to help you where and when you want.

The Benefits of Chess Lessons Online

Chess is not the kind of game you learn overnight. Because it has complex rules, moves, and strategies, it can take years to develop your skills. However, with the help of our online chess tutors, you can fast track the learning process. During your online chess lessons, your tutor will provide you with one-on-one coaching. Your private instructor will guide you through strategies, offer helpful tips, and answer all your questions along the way.

Find an Online Chess Tutor Today Ready to find the perfect chess tutor? Browse through our chess instructor’s profile here at TakeLessons. You can learn about their experience, check out reviews from previous students, and see if their availability suits your schedule.

Chess is not an impossible game to master. With the help of our online chess lessons, you’ll be well on your way to winning your next match.

Popular Chess Articles from our Blog

5 Chess Moves to Up Your Endgame

The end of the game has come. You have successfully out-maneuvered and outfought your opponent, conquering large swaths of the chessboard, and approaching that triumphal moment when you will topple the opponent’s king and declare that he has fallen---in other words, a checkmate (recall that “checkmate” is an anglicization of “shah mat”, Persian for “the king is dead”)… Only to realize that you don’t quite know how to finish the game, which inevitably results in a slapsti …

By Josh Freimark

5 Chess Moves That Will Surprise Your Opponent

Chess: Undoubtedly the ultimate head-to-head mental contest, an ancient game of strategy in which  your one and only goal is to outsmart and defeat your opponent’s army (represented of course by the pieces on the board). Chess moves that surprise your opponent are part and parcel of the game, and it would thus behoove you, the player and aspiring chess master, to learn moves that will catch your opponent off guard and bring you victory. And so, without further ado, here are 5 moves to do that …

By Josh Freimark

6 Tips For Improving Your Chess Game

Back around 2014, I decided I was going to improve at chess. I watched a few videos online about some openings, played a few dozen blitz games online, and then promptly lost interest within a week. Four years later, I decided to pick it up again and in less than a year, I had gone from 1100 to 1900 Elo rating online. Obviously, I changed how I went about my improvement! So here are the steps that I took the second time around that got me to where I am now, and some ways you can improve your ches …

By Kyle Barry