Every chess master was once a beginner.

— Irving Chernev

With a 1,500 year history, chess is the highest-selling board game in the world. It has been played in Australia since the 1850s and remains popular across all age groups with chess federations in each state.

Is your knowledge of how to play chess limited to your viewing of The Queen's Gambit?

Can you tell the difference between a knight and a bishop? Do you understand the power of the pawns?

Do the words check, checkmate, rook and castling mean anything to you?

Once you know the basic rules and learn to play chess, you'll soon be making strategic moves and emulating the best players of the game.

Keep reading to discover some top chess tips and find out more about online lessons with a private chess tutor.

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What Sort of Chess Lessons are Available Online?

Rook, queen, king, pawn, bishop, knight ... checkmate! All the names of the chess pieces can be overwhelming for beginners of the game — let alone the different moves and rules.

Have you thought about engaging a private chess tutor to teach you how to play chess ... and beat your opponent?

You may be surprised to discover how many websites, platforms and chess tutors there are!

What is a good online chess program?
There are a number of online chess programs to choose from that will help you learn how to move your rook, bishop and knight | Source: Pixabay - gomiche

These days, you can get an app for anything and chess is no different. The chess.com apps (play and learn, kids version) are probably the most popular and help you learn the fundamentals through videos and practice games.

Other online platforms, such as Knights & Bytes, Chess Masters and the Academy of Chess, offer online coaching and tournaments for kids and adults, both beginners and advanced.

Chess Tutoring with Superprof

Did you know you can learn to play chess with your choice of over 1,000 tutors on the Superprof platform?

There is a chess tutor to suit everyone's level, from beginners and intermediate players to advanced players who are looking for a more challenging opponent.

For beginners, you'll need to learn the rules of the game before you begin playing. You also need to learn the names of the pieces — king, queen, pawn, rook, bishop, knight — and the ways in which they can move.

The next step will be to learn and practise more strategic moves, including castling, en passant and pawn promotion.

When you're ready to play in tournaments or just with another player, your tutor can help you find an opponent and then analyse your games so you can work on further improving your moves and technical play.

There are plenty of chess resources online.

Check. Check. Checkmate!

What Should You Expect to Pay for Lessons with a Chess Tutor?

As with all tutoring, if you want to learn how to play chess with a private tutor, the prices will vary according to:

  • student level (beginners, intermediate, advanced)
  • location
  • style of class (online, in-person, small group)
  • age of students.
Where can I find a chess tutor?
If you want to understand the intricacies of chess, hire a chess tutor | Source: Pixabay - ERNESTO VELAZQUEZ

On average, lessons for players who are beginners range from $10—$25 per hour. Some tutors may charge less, particularly if you want to learn in a group, while others will charge significantly more, especially if they are a chess grandmaster or FIDE trainer who can command upwards of $80 an hour.

Most chess tutors offer a package deal for advance payment of a set of lessons.

If you're serious about learning how to play chess, you will understand there has to be an investment. For those who want to learn to play as a hobby, there are free lessons available online but, naturally, you won't learn how to analyse your game and identify where to improve your playing technique.

You can also choose to play online against the computer, or with other players. Doing this is an effective, and cheap, way to learn and improve your game skills and is particularly useful if you don't own a chess board. 

There's a good chance a neighbour in your street will play and many town centres have a giant chess board and pieces in parks where you can practise and make new friends at the same time.

What to Look for in a Private Chess Tutor

If you're going to engage someone to teach you how to play chess, you want to make sure they're the right tutor for your needs.

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How do you play chess?
As you play more often, you will start to develop advanced game strategies and moves to help you beat your opponent | Source: Pixabay - Med Ahabchane

All players, whether they're beginners or advanced, want coaching from someone who is passionate and motivating. However, they also want value for money — after all,  you can learn the difference between a knight, a rook and a bishop without paying for a tutor.

As you progress beyond a beginners level, you'll naturally want to learn from tutors who have experience with higher-level tournament play. You'll also want to practise with other players who are the same, or slightly higher, level as you. If you always compete against a less-skilled opponent, you will never move up in your ranking and improve.

It also helps to know what your own goals are — do you just want to play for fun, beat your neighbour or take part in a top-level tournament? Also, understand yourself as a learner and a player — do you thrive on a challenge, or do you need a tutor who is patient?

Don't be shy about asking potential tutors questions and, if they're not right for you, don't feel pressured to engage them anyway. A great tutor can help you love the game and a bad tutor can make you never want to see a chess board or touch chess pieces again.

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Learn to Play Chess: Our Top Ten Tips

Are you keen to start castling? Ready to capture the pieces of your opponent and promote your pawns? Busting to call out 'checkmate'? 

If you're going to learn how to play chess and master this notoriously strategic power-play game, you need discipline, patience and self-control. You need to spend time understanding all the moves and memorising each phase. And, you need to be realistic about where you're at and how much you still have to learn from other players.

How much does a chess set cost?
To get started, all you need is a chess set, a basic knowledge of the rules and how to move each of the pieces | Source: Pixabay - Irenna86

Remember our top ten tips and you'll be on your way to chess success.

  • Purchase a chess board — secondhand, new, plastic, wood ... as long as you own one.
  • Know your goals — fun or competitive?
  • Have a go at playing online chess.
  • Know your lesson budget and stick to it.
  • Do your homework on 'tutors' — don't just engage the first tutor you meet.
  • Engage a tutor you click with.
  • Put your name down for a chess club.
  • After each game, analyse your moves and replay them for practice.
  • Take note of your mistakes and learn from them.
  • Out of interest, research the history of chess and its most well-known players.

As the player, you are actually the most important piece in the game. You are the decision-maker — your strategy and your moves are what have you saying 'Checkmate!'

Are you ready to learn the rules and play the game?

Whether you need to learn the rules from scratch or you're already castling like a grandmaster, there will always be something new to learn. Remember to be clear on your goals, your budget and your preferred learning method, then use the filter and search the Superprof platform to find the perfect experienced, chess-loving tutor.

There's a Superprof chess tutor ready to help and challenge you to meet your goals — one-on-one tutoring or group lessons both in-person and online. But what's the difference?

  • One-on-one tutoring (or face-to-face) is the most popular. Not only do you get to play on a real chess board, but your tutor is solely focused on you and your needs — even if you're having trouble remembering the difference between the allowable moves for your king, pawn or queen.
  • Group lessons are perfect if your budget is tight because you share the cost between all the students. The other advantage is that each class member is a ready-made opponent.
  • Online tutoring is exactly what it sounds like — you and your tutor or opponent are playing online. This is the most time efficient method of tuition as there is no travel time involved, so it's usually cheaper as well — and, you could potentially learn from or be playing against someone from the other side of world. Think of the opportunities there!

An added Superprof bonus is that the first lesson with your Superprof tutor is usually free. This is the perfect opportunity for both tutor and student to make sure they are right for each other.

Are you ready to learn how to play chess with Superprof?

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Kellie

Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.