In-Person Chess Lessons

LaurenGoodkindChess_10-13-15-0060bYes, I offer chess lessons for beginners and intermediate players.

  • Who: I teach one-on-one, private chess lessons to dedicated adults, college students, mature high schoolers and children just starting to play chess or those who want to improve their game and meet their overall chess goals.
 In addition, I offer family-style private chess lessons. This means that I teach the kid and the parent(s) together.  
  • “Special who” people: I am also open to teaching people with special needs.  For example, I have over two years experience teaching chess one-on-one to people who have autism and have serious medical conditions.
  • Where: The initial chess lesson is held in a public place, such as the city library. Then depending on the student, I might be able to meet at the student’s home when appropriate. My commute range is from Mountain View to San Mateo, but I’m also willing to commute farther for an additional charge. (Typically, if you live south of Mountain View or North of San Mateo, I charge an additional $10 for my time and travel.)
  • How long: Each lesson is 1 hour long.
  • Cost: I charge $40 per hour for both one-on-one and family style lessons.

Lesson Description

I teach opening, middle and endgame strategies and also tactics (specific patterns in the position) and basic CHECKMATES — the goal of every chess game.

In addition, since chess is a 100% mental game, I teach how to think while playing chess. Developing a winning mindset is crucial to win, and even young children can learn the basics of this.

I also go over games move-by-move that my students have played in person or online to help nurture improvements that are tailored for each individual.

If the student has not already played in tournaments and is interested in playing in their first United States Chess Federation (USCF) tournament, I’ll help them get prepared. Students learn to record their moves, play with a clock, sign up for the right section at the tournament, and more.

I strongly encourage my students to play chess often, so they can start gaining playing experience and develop their own unique playing style.

If you are interested in discussing the right lesson plan for you, please contact me at I look forward to hearing from you!