Chris Cohen
Chris Cohen

Chris Cohen

Offers remote services
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Offers remote services
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Introduction: I'm a patient and experienced chess teacher with 8 years of experience teaching children and adults. My teaching approach is practical and fun. We look at the chess games that you've played, and I teach the fundamentals of chess strategy and tactics based on these games. I have more than twenty years of tournament experience, and I was awarded the title of First Category player by the United States Chess Federation, along with a rating of 2050 (Expert). I have tournament wins against master-level players rated as high as 2300. Whether you prefer in-person or online lessons I will work with your schedule to meet your needs. The best way to improve is to regularly play rated games, analyze the games with a strong player, and learn from the books and videos that are well-matched to your skill level. I provide advice on all these resources and have teaching materials prepared if you are interested in spending some time on them. Please message me here at this site for more information and to chat about your needs and goals.

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and punctuality.

Exceptional 5.0

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Nicholas W.
Mar 26, 2020
As a total beginner to chess, Chris has been able to explain basic strategies to help me build my foundation very well. I enjoy his approach to lessons- play actual games and review thought process/strategy. He is flexible with hours and has a motivating approach to teaching the game.
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Srini R.
Feb 24, 2020
Chris taught both my 12 and 9 year olds Chess. His knowledge of the game, together with his passion and patience with kids is the ideal combination to teach children to see and play the game in a structured way. Chris is very responsive, and offers both online and in-person lessons which we appreciated and used. I highly recommend Chris as a Chess teacher!
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Scott M.
Feb 15, 2020
Chris is an excellent teacher and he's really helped me improve my game. In one lesson he showed me an opening that I used to win against a strong player. We go over games that I've played and he always has helpful suggestions. I highly recommend Chris as a chess teacher.
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Craig W.
1 month ago

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Great first lesson, looking forward to more!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • Intermediate • As recommended by teacher • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

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Gage W.
Jan 6, 2021
Chris is really great! He is very knowledgeable and my game improved after only a few lessons. Highly recommend!
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Christopher Cohen


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I give a free one-hour consultation before the lessons begin. If you have played games on chess websites I review the games at no additional cost to assess your skill level. Most of my students meet once a week, but if you'd like more than one lesson per week I offer a twenty percent discount. My fee includes lessons and materials that I customize to meet your needs. If you have quick questions during the week I reply by e-mail at no additional cost.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We chat about your wants and needs, and then I assess your skill level. I have customized lessons and materials prepared, but the best way to improve is to go over game that you've played. I give a free consultation and am happy to answer any questions that you have.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I was awarded the title of First Category player by the United States Chess Federation, and I achieved a rating of 2050 (Expert).

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