National Master and two-time Colorado State Chess Champion Lior Lapid offers high-quality, affordable, and fun live chess lessons via Skype and Chess.com or the Internet Chess Club (see details below). The first lesson is FREE, with no obligation, to ensure that our students are comfortable with the format.
Advantages of online lessons:
- Lessons are cheaper, with lessons ranging from $15/hr to $40/hr depending on the number of students enrolled. Each lesson lasts one hour.
- Instructional teaching positions are pre-loaded, so it is faster to move seamlessly from one position to another (and back) with a simple mouseclick rather then setting up the pieces each time. Resetting to the starting position also takes no more than a second. This saves around 30 seconds per position, so over the course of many lessons a significant amount of time is saved for teaching rather than setup.
- Positions and audio files are recorded and available via e-mail, allowing students (and parents!) to replay and relearn the material at their own pace. In this way it’s easy to rewind and fast-forward lessons as needed.
- Online chess boards have options to quickly highlight key pieces, squares and diagonals to emphasize the most important ideas.
- It is easy to set up and display multiple boards simultaneously, giving students the option to solve many “Chessersizes” at their own pace. With in-person group lessons, by contrast, it takes longer as all students need to understand a given position before any student can move on to the next one.
- Students learn chess notation more quickly, since each move is automatically recorded in the notation pane. Taking notation is a requirement in many tournaments and it is the only way to save one’s own games for future analysis and improvement.
- Online classes are organized by skill level, so students will learn alongside peers with a similar level of strength and experience
- It doesn’t take long to get used to the online graphical interface, a useful skill in itself since many similar chess diagrams appear in chess books, homework exercises, etc.
- No commute time — lessons from the comfort of your own home!
- In group lessons, students will meet new chess buddies whom they can arrange to train with online.
- Games and instructive ideas can be easily saved into a computer chess database for future use.