about chess rising stars

Empowering children with strategy and tactics

Chess Rising Stars London Academy was founded by WFM Maria Manelidou in 2017. Maria has carefully selected and trained her team of coaches, who bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for chess to their teaching.

Chess Rising Stars offers individual and group lessons for all levels and ages, in-person and online. Our lessons will be tailored to your needs and include: openings, tactics, endgames, strategy, tournament skills and sportsmanship.

We will ensure that our students receive the tools and support they need for their chess journey. Whether you enjoy casual play or want to compete in local, national, and international tournaments, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality chess education.


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Why learn chess?

Strategic thinking

Chess teaches children how to think ahead, understand the consequences of their actions and develop strategies to achieve their goals. It fosters the ability to plan multiple steps ahead, which can be applied in real-life decision making.

Problem solving

Playing chess presents numerous challenges that require problem solving skills. Children learn to analyse situations, explore different solutions and overcome obstacles. These skills will help to support their development.

Patience and discipline

Chess requires patience and discipline, as players must wait for their turn, think through their moves and remain focused for the duration of the game. These qualities will support children in other ares of their lives.

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