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Chris T.

California’s Top Chess & Guitar Instructor

California’s Top Chess & Guitar Instructor

$50/hour

  • 256 hours tutoring

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Chris T. is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California.

Chris T. has brought world class instruction to California’s most talented young chess minds. Some of his...

Chris T. is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California.

Chris T. has brought world class instruction to California’s most talented young chess minds. Some of his accomplishments included running a “Chess Study” with the Kern County Superintendent of the Schools and U.C. Berkeley from 2006-2008. In addition to the study, Chris was able to educate the children in Kern County’s migrant farm worker community in chess and even coach them to prestigious Southern California regional chess titles. In the Bay Area, Chris was able to instruct several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team, which in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 took first place at the USCF National Elementary Chess Championship. Before 2009, no school from California had ever won the Elementary Championship section at the USCF Nationals. In 2015 and 2016, my Academy organized a National Open for Girls and Boys which awarded over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to the top youth chess players in the United States. In 2016, the Academy accomplishments were officially recognized by FIDE (the world chess organization) and the academy was awarded the title of FIDE Academy.

Chris T. has been teaching chess professionally since 1998, was awarded the master title from US Chess for correspondence chess and operates an official FIDE Academy. Each year several of his students win national titles and compete internationally.

Don’t let your child spend another month stuck at their current rating level! Help them to grow in chess and prepare for success with Chris T.


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Chris was able to instruct several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team, which in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 took first place at the USCF National Elementary Chess Championship.

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Polerio Defense

Chris went over how to respond to the fried liver attack with the polerio Defense. This was really helpful in being able to provide me with more time to do calculations on possible responses and being able to mount a defense and attack later.

Allon, 8 lessons with Chris

Great teacher!

Chris is awesome! We are so happy that we connected with him. He is very patient. You can tell that he has a lot of experience with teaching kids. My 7 year old really enjoys the lessons.

Radha, 27 lessons with Chris

What a find!!

Chris is an awesome chess coach! My 10-year-old has started consistently beating his father. Very impressed by Chris and his ability to keep my son focused and engaged.

Abra, 10 lessons with Chris

What a find!!

Chris is an awesome chess coach! My 10-year-old has started consistently beating his father. Very impressed by Chris and his ability to keep my son focused and engaged.

Abra, 10 lessons with Chris

Good with teaching a young child

I sat with my five year old who has expressed interest in chess recently during the class. Chris made it very easy for him (and me) to understand the basics of chess.

Suzzy, 4 lessons with Chris

Super cool and knowledgeable Chess teacher

Chris was super cool and very patient. Hes very knowledgeable about the game and different players from the past. We played a game of Chess and he walked me through my moves, whether good or bad. He let me know about different options and talked me through his moves. I will have him turn my 2 kids into Chess Masters!!!

Jorge, 12 lessons with Chris

Knowledgable

Chris did an amazing job in his first chess tutoring session. He made the session very interactive and fun for the kids. Both my kids enjoyed his session and now encouraged to keep on going.

Manimala, 14 lessons with Chris

Another good lesson

Chris played a few games with me and provided immediate feedback on the principles I was forgetting to apply as well as adding additional strategies on playing a good game of chess.

Allon, 8 lessons with Chris
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Chris T.

$50/hour

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  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Chris

Response time: 5 hours