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Chess With Tony
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Philip I.
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My 5-year old daughter just had her first lesson with Tony yesterday. Five star rating, unquestionable: - Easy planning & communication to set it up with Tony. He also arrived on time (sorry, this may seem obvious but these days that's often forgotten) - He was very sweet and patient with my 5yo - The first basic moves were explained using metafors like "trains" and "lasers" (= great for children) - In as little as an hour, they were playing a very basic game against each other, using only two pieces. I could see my daughter's brain working hard :) Teaching chess is a labor of love for Tony. It's not just a quick instruction for cash. My daughter had a great experience and she immediately agreed to a follow-up lesson. She's been telling everybody that "she played chess" and even drew the board & pieces at home. Success!

Jean Hepner
from 3 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Callie F.
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Jean is fantastic! I highly recommend taking lessons from her and I am super happy that I found her through Thumbtack!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pierluigi Z.
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Frisco has started to teach my granddaughter (7) and she is enjoying the lessons and making progress. She looks forward to learning more and more chess with Frisco.

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Svetlana K.
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Lauren is great: patient, friendly, punctual, and most importantly, she knows what she is doing and is good at explaining it. I really enjoy studying chess with her.

from 1 review
  • 25 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Milt K.
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Kaptain Kirk's teaching method leaves none ahead. As students, in our first class, we learned a bit about chess history& the chess pieces and we learned about how the King, Queen and pawns move by actually playing very simple games, all with having fun in mind, which we certainly did!

Joyce's Chess
from 1 review
    Lynn W.
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    Joyce was a child chess prodigy and it shows. She has an uncanny knack for strategy and is an excellent coach. Highly recommend taking a class with her.

    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Yunliang J.
    Verified review

    It is not easy to find a good chess teacher in Bay Area but I am lucky to find Igor. Igor is very easy-going, patient and experienced chess teacher. He will teach you chess tactics, openings, and help you to practice more and analyze the games. Under his help you will learn from the beginning. I scheduled a multi-session class with Igor and am continuing my study. And I will recommend Igor to anyone who wants to know the art of chess!


    I have been playing chess since the age of 8. I have worked as a chess tutor when I was in school


    I have taught chess to many students who have gone on to play in tournaments. I like seeing the enthusiasm grow as the student grasps new chess ideas.


    Hello everyone. My name is Richard, and I am offering great math class and chess class online or meeting at a place where we can focus to work. I won the U.S. National Championship of 2014 in chess (under the the 1600), and I currently have an A+ in advanced math H.

    • 3 years in business

    I have had started playing Chinese chess since 5. I am good at it. Yes, I really enjoy playing with other people. This helps you not only grow your smartness but also grow your mental strengths.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you learn to play chess?

    The earliest forms of the game we now know as chess originated in India during the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. Chess lessons can give you a strong foundation for a hobby that will keep your mind lively for your lifetime. Chess is a game of strategy; you can learn to play and understand the basic rules of chess in a short period of time — often you can cover all the basics in the first chess lesson — but understanding the strategies of chess will be a lifelong pursuit.  

    During beginning chess lessons you learn the basics of the board and how to set up the chess pieces. You will learn the use for each of the different chess pieces: the king, queen, pawns, knights, bishops and rooks. You can learn about movements such as check, fleeing, blocking, capturing and checkmate. As you advance, your chess teacher will coach you on strategies and the finer points of the game. Chess lessons are great for any age player, from those just starting out to grandmasters looking to refine their skills.

    What makes a good chess player?

    If you want to be a good chess player, practicing often and studying strategies and techniques of more masterful players can help you advance. Good chess players have the ability to remember patterns, openings, endgames, tactics, guidelines and can visualize moves ahead and combinations. They can also sit comfortably for many hours and concentrate on an active game.

    Research has shown that almost anyone can be a good chess player if they practice often and put in the time. Being a truly great player however involves more than just practice, and requires good general cognitive abilities and agile decision-making skills. It also helps if you first learned to play chess at a young age.

    The US Chess Federation offers these additional tips for becoming a good chess player:

    • Look at your opponent's move.
    • Make the best possible move.
    • Have a plan.
    • Know what the pieces are worth.
    • Develop quickly and well.
    • Control the center.
    • Keep your king safe.
    • Know when to trade pieces.
    • Think about the endgame.
    • Always be alert.

    Whether you are young or old, new to the game or advanced in your practice, chess lessons can be a good way to refine your game, sharpen your strengths, and keep your mind nimble. A chess coach can make you a good chess player by helping you develop opening moves, tactics, positions and endgames, and by helping you find and fix weaknesses in your game.


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