In-person chess lessons

Yes, I offer chess lessons for beginners and intermediate players.

Who: I teach one-on-one, private chess lessons to dedicated adults, college students, mature highschoolers and children just starting to play chess or wants 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.

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.

How long and how much: Each lesson is 1 hour long.  I charge $30 per hour for one-on-one lessons and for family-style lessons too.

If you live South of Mountain View or North of San Mateo, I charge an additional $10 for my commute.

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.

I also go over games move-by-move that my students have played in person or online to help seek 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!