Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it, checkmate ends the game.
— Nigel Short
Playing chess is mentally challenging but also fun. If you're interested in playing in tournaments, or just want to play chess as a hobby, it certainly won't hurt to polish your game skills and learn a few advanced moves and tactics.
So, where can you go for chess lessons? And, how much does a chess tutor cost?
We have the answers for you. Grab your chessboard, dust off the pieces and get ready to move from being a beginner player to an intermediate or advanced level.
The Cost of Private Chess Classes for Beginners
Kids love chess and you can learn to play at any age. If your children want to learn to play chess, or you're a beginner yourself, consider engaging a tutor. Make sure you choose carefully though — pick a tutor who will help you meet your goals.
Start by checking out the Superprof tutors who give chess lessons for beginners.
The game of chess is great for players of all ages, from children to retired adults.
If you're at a beginner level, you'll only need an amateur tutor — an experienced player who loves the game and enjoys teaching others how to play. Beginners need to learn the basics of chess first, such as:
- game rules
- what the pieces are called — king, queen, pawn, rook etc.
- moves the different pieces can make
- openings, check and checkmate
- a few simple game tactics.
Don't expect to be able to execute all the moves and tactics straight away. It takes time and practice to master even the most basic chess skills.
There's a good chance that a chess club will be operating in your area — through a school, university or community centre — and you will probably find players who are keen to tutor you there.
Remember Superprof too — you can take chess lessons online and Superprof tutors usually offer the first lesson for free to ensure you are the right fit.
Chess lessons with a private tutor can start from as little as $20 an hour. There are, however, many factors that determine the price a tutor charges — including experience, level of students and location. Tutors who do their teaching online will often be cheaper and many tutors offer a discount if you pay for a package of chess lessons.
How Much Does a Chess Tutor Charge for Intermediate Students?
Perhaps you are past the beginners level and have a few games under your belt, and now you're ready to move on to a higher level or even compete with other players.
Learning from a private tutor when you're at an intermediate level is often necessary to move your skills to an advanced stage.
After time, your skills will improve and the more advanced openings, tactics and moves will become second nature. Ask your tutor to help you out with your game strategy and help you practise different scenarios you may come across with other players.
Tutors with more experience will also be able to demonstrate the strategies and tactics of the best players.
Many players who are highly ranked offer private chess lessons where they will work with intermediate or advanced students on areas including:
- advanced strategies, moves and tactics to match the game style of their students
- psychological strategy
- tactics and moves specific to certain chess pieces and board positions.
Tutors who work with intermediate and advanced students charge fees starting from $30 an hour, up to $100 or more.
Students should always check out potential tutors for their suitability before engaging them. A tutor might be of a high playing level but if you don't click, your lessons will not be successful. It is also useful to remember that just because a person is a highly skilled player, this doesn't mean they will have equal skills in teaching.
Booking lessons or private classes in bulk can save students money. Some tutors may have a 'pay for 5 classes and get one free' option, or they may offer discounts for lesson packages. For example:
- single lesson — $50 an hour
- 5 lesson package — $225 ($25 discount)
- 10 lesson package — $450 ($50 discount)
Don't be shy about asking tutors whether they offer discounts for multiple classes paid in advance. Also, ask if they offer a trial lesson for free.
Can You Learn to Play Chess Anywhere?
Chess is incredibly popular, which makes it relatively easy to find a chess tutor, for kids, school students and adults, anywhere you are in Australia.
Of course, with so many lessons and classes being online, learning chess has never been easier. However, it is important to remember that location can affect pricing.
Look for online chess lessons on Superprof.
To give you an idea, here are the average hourly rates of private chess tutors in some of Australia's capital cities:
- Melbourne — $24
- Sydney — $31
- Brisbane — $25
- Perth — $25
- Canberra — $30
If you can't find a 'best fit' tutor in your local region, remember online private tutors can conduct private classes from anywhere in the world.
For players who would rather learn 'in-person' with a physical game board and pieces in front of them, don't forget about chess clubs.
Even the smallest clubs will have a number of players at each level and, playing with like-minded people who are willing to share their experience and skills can often be one of the best ways to improve your own skills.
Sometimes, platforms like MeetUp, Gumtree or other social media sites are a good place to search, for free, for other players looking for games or tutors looking for students. Some sites will even allow you to match up with other chess players who are looking for opponents or regular playing partners.
Can You Learn Chess for Free?
People who are absolute beginners may not know whether they will enjoy chess or not, some may be reluctant to spend too much money learning how to play.
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Your best bet would be to play some trial games on one of numerous free chess apps or websites. On these, you can choose your level and play against the computer or virtual opponents. There are some applications that also have a teaching component, where you can learn different moves, then try them out in a game situation.
The best thing about playing chess on an app is that you can progress at your own pace. The program will often show you where you made a mistake, and they will take you through tutorials and allow you to repeat practice scenarios before you actually apply your skills in a game setting.
A few sites where you can have a play and learn a few rules include:
- board game arena
- social chess
- shredder chess
- magnus trainer.
There's even a chess app called Really Bad Chess. This is just a bit of fun — with weird openings like six queen pieces and no king — but is best to play when you know the basic rules.
Online platforms are great for learning and practising moves, but also a good way to play against chess players from around the world. You can find free or cheap chess apps and websites that are suitable for every level, as well as ones suitable for children.
Chess is life in miniature.
— Garry Kasparov
On the Superprof tutoring platform, you'll find over 1,000 tutors for chess alone. Superprof tutors offer in-person, online and group tutoring — meeting the needs of all students in terms of teaching style and budget.
Despite the rapid uptake of online learning, in-person (or face-to-face) tutoring remains the most popular form of private tuition. However, with the current Covid situation, online lessons are fast becoming the norm. In both cases, tutors tailor each lesson to suit their students, addressing their needs and helping students develop specific skills.
Understandably, face-to-face tutoring is slightly more expensive, owing to the travel time often required of the tutor or, if students attend lessons at the tutor's house, the tutor has to take into account electricity and public liability insurance.
If students have a tight budget, they may want to consider group lessons where they can share the cost of each class with the other students. In this style of lesson, you don't get one hundred per cent of your tutor's attention, however, you do have the opportunity to play against other class members and learn from them as well as your tutor.
An online chess class with your tutor is cost-effective and has most of the benefits of a face-to-face lesson. Students will need to invest in a good quality webcam, microphone and speakers and need to ensure their internet connection is reliable.
Why not try out some online lessons with Superprof tutors today?
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