1.How is the Online Chess Training conducted?

Lessons are conduct via Zoom. All you need is a computer with zoom installed and access to an internet connection.

2. Do I need a chess board for the lesson? 

No, you do not need a chess board for the lessons. We use a software by which the coach will share his screen and the students can see the board. 

3. How many students are in the group lessons? 

We have a maximum of 6 students per group to ensure individual attention.

4. What payment options do I have?

To pay by Credit card: Please complete the registration form and click on the ‘Submit’ button. You will be redirected to PayPal and the fees will be auto-populated. Scroll down and you will see Pay by Credit Card option. Please click on this and it will take you to a page where you can fill in your credit card details.

To pay by Zelle: log in to your bank’s app and click on Quick Pay with Zelle. Choose the option to Send Money. Add thinkchessus@gmail.com as a recipient and send the required amount.

To pay by PayPal: once you complete the registration form and click on submit, you will be redirected to the PayPal site and the fees will be auto-populated. Log-in to your PayPal account and approve the payment.

5. What levels do you have for Chess Training Online?

  • Beginner – No chess knowledge
  • Beginner – Intermediate – Basic chess knowledge
  • Intermediate – USCF 500 – 1000 rating
  • Advanced – Higher than USCF 1000 rating.

6. Which topics do you cover at each level?

Here is information on the curriculum for the courses: https://www.thinkchess.us/courses

7. How will you ensure my child is in the correct group?

During registration you select the child’s level at per their chess knowledge and rating. The coach will gauge their level during the first lesson. In case any changes are needed, we will move the student to the correct group to ensure progress.

8. What is the structure for Private lessons?

Our private lessons are designed course-wise. Each course can be completed in 12 lessons. Once complete, the student can move up to the next course. 

9. Can I do private lessons with a friend?

Yes, we can customize a private lessons package if you wish to learn with your friends. This can be for up to 3 students, if all are at the same chess knowledge level. Please note that the scheduling will be up to you.

10.What is the duration for each lesson?

Each lesson for the group session will be for 1.5 hours and the session will consist of 12 lessons. That is a total of 18 hours.

11.What is USCF?

The US Chess Federation (USCF) is the central chess body in the US. Their rating system determines the level of experience of a player. The more games you win in USCF rated tournaments, the higher your rating will go.

12. What is FIDE?

FIDE is the international chess body that connects players worldwide. The FIDE rating system is used for all international tournaments. The World Championship and the World Cup are two examples of common FIDE rated tournaments.

13. How can I tell when I’ve reached the beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess playing level?

A beginner chess player should know how the pieces move, what checkmate is, and should be capable of playing a full game of chess. The USCF rating range would be from Unrated to 600.

An intermediate chess player should be able to understand basic openings and be able to calculate tactics. The USCF rating range would be between 600-1200.

14. Where do I check my chess rating? 

Check your USCF chess rating here: http://www.uschess.org/datapage/player-search.php 

15. Which are the popular online sites for chess practice? 

At present the popular online chess sites are chess.com and lichess.org