much $$$$ should private lessons cost?
In San Francisco,
we know of a non-ranked, non-USCF chess coach who we would consider a
below average chess coach. Off of his private lesson proceeds he has bought
a large house and lives a luxurious life. His charge for private lessons?
Up to $160 an hour! You may pay the $160 an hour and not even get him
for a coach. He recruits helpers who he charges the same rate for. This
is a rip off and it happens across the country in well to do areas.
avoid getting ripped off, consider the following:
are some considerations of cost:
- Chess ranking.
A titled player can cost you over $100 an hour. By asking one of these
guys to teach your kids is like asking Michael Chang to teach your kid
Tennis. It is prestigious, but is it really necessary? Just because
someone is the best at playing chess does not mean they are the best
at teaching it. Bobby Fischer might demand $10,0000 an hour, but whether
your child could ever benefit from such instruction is a whole different
- Coaching Resume-
Which kids has this coach taught. How do those kids rank in the top
100 USCF list?
- Teaching credentials
- Kid Repoirtoire
- Teaching Materials
- Are you getting anything except for verbage? Prizes and printed curriculm
do wonders to aid a kids improvement. One private coach video tapes
the session at no extra cost.
- Titled player -
Over $100 an hour.
- Proven chess coach
who is a tournament player- $75 an hour.
- Tournament player
with a teaching resume - $50 an hour
- An instructor who
loves the game, loves your child, and teaches from the heart - Priceless.
Academic Chess Rates
- $50 an hour for private lessons for a certified Academic Chess coach
at your home or our center.
- $30 an hour for a phone private lesson. Requires internet connection
and phone line on separate line.