Chess Lessons in London

Chess Rising Stars has offered in-person private chess lessons in the London area since our inception in 2017.

Thanks to the positive feedback from students and parents, we have expanded our team of experienced coaches to field the increased demand.

Our teachers have been carefully selected and trained by WFM Maria Manelidou and are passionate about sharing their extensive chess knowledge and experience.

Our chess lessons are suitable for students of all ages. We have coaches who specialise in working with both children and adults.

Lessons can be scheduled at a day and time that works best for you. A Chess Rising Stars team member of your choice will teach either in your home or a convenient local alternative (library, coffee shop, etc.).

Hear directly from our students:

“… Maria and her staff are absolutely fabulous for beginners. They have guided my daughter through the beginning stages of the game and now she is playing in tournaments …”
Christie V., London

“… super friendly, patient, knows so much about the game and helps me improve my playing style. I have just learned how to use the French Defense and I am already winning more games as a result. I can’t wait for my next lesson!!”
Hector M., London

Chess ability

Whatever your level of chess experience, our coaches will carefully structure activities to support your improvement. We find regular lessons to be the perfect way to keep your game sharp or to develop a new skill set entirely. Our lesson topics will include openings, tactics, endgames, strategy, tournament skills and sportsmanship.


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Online Private Lessons

We also provide private chess lessons online for those not based in London.