Frequently Asked Questions


How long will my child need lessons? 

The length of time depends on you and your students goals. Are you hoping that your student, who is brand new to chess, will learn the fundamentals and become a confident player? In most cases, this can be achieved in 3 - 6 months. After our initial consultation, I will make a recommendation as to how often (once or twice a week) and for how long we should meet. 

How long does each session last?

Each session typically lasts 45 minutes. 

How do you teach chess online?

All we need is a strong internet connection, a computer, and a webcam. I primarily use GoogleMeet for us to video chat and to share each other's screens. By sharing screens we can see and discuss what is happening on a digital chess board. Here is an example of a lesson I gave practicing chess puzzles:


What is a chess rating? 

A chess rating is an estimate of a player's chess knowledge and strength. When players attend rated tournaments, they have an opportunity to gain rating points for winning their games. Rating points are also subtracted for games that are lost. You can find upcoming rated tournaments by visiting:


What is a chess counselor?

A  counselor is someone who serves their clients by utilizing counseling theories and best practices in order to guide instruction, foster strong relationships, meet goals, and ultimately improve quality of life. A chess counselor is a counselor who uses the game of chess as an educational tool to foster change. For more info click here.

How much do chess lessons cost?

Pricing is based on a monthly payment plan. New students typically start with the Tier 1 plan for three 45-minute sessions as a trial period. You can find more information here.



I require a 24-hour notice for cancellations. Cancellations made within 24 hours may not be rescheduled with some exceptions to an extenuating circumstance.