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We're wild about chess....

Most schools are closed, but...

…Curious minds are always open! So our priority is teaching kids chess, wherever they are. Using the web, our team of first-rate coaches do exactly that: one-to-one online tuition that really makes a difference.

Learn from the best...

Our coaches are a-ma-zing with kids, but they’re also as good as it gets when it comes to chess. We count professional FIDE-rated players, certified FIDE trainers and master level competitors amongst our global team.

From the comfort of your home..

Sadly, around the world, most of us aren’t going anywhere for a while. But, on the flip-side, how awesome would it be to look back on this time and know that it was time well-invested developing a fun, valuable and invigorating skill?

 

3 easy steps to a roaring start...

1. Join the community

To receive tuition, you need to join the Chess Cubs Community; annual membership is £99. We’ve waived membership fees until further notice.

2. Subscribe to a plan

Once you’re a member, register your kids and subscribe to our Online Home plan. Tuition fees are billed monthly in advance.

3. Book your coach

Next you’ll be able to see the availability of our coaches, and let us know when you want your child’s regular lesson to be. And that’s it!

Featured coaches...

Coach Sandra
Women's International Master (WIM)
Sandra is a is a professional chess player and coach. A Women's International Master from Serbia with two GM norms (approaching Grandmaster level), she can also deliver advanced chess lessons and training games with analysis (Blitz, Rapid or as agreed). She enjoys using her experience to help players with their chess strategy, tactics or typical endgames.
Sandra won her state under-10s Championship, and went on to win the next 7 Championships in succession, breaking all under-18 records. She then went on to win the European Championship in rapid chess in a remarkable 25 minutes.

 

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Coach Ilias
FIDE Master, FIDE Certified Trainer
Ilias is a FIDE certified chess player. Like many of our Cubs, he started playing chess at just 5 years old, and progressed to a FIDE Master title in 2014 and a FIDE Trainer certification in 2018. He trains a range of students at different skill levels, and is highly skilled at helping beginners to progress quickly.
Ilias played on the Algerian national team between 2014 and 2019 at an array of international chess championships around the world including World Junior Chess, World Youth Chess, Arab Youth Chess and African Youth Chess.

 

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Coach Simona
Women's International Master (WIM)
Simona received her Women's International Master title in 2008 and became a chess coach in 2016. After finishing the world junior championship as a top 20 player, she went on to win the Lithuanian women's championship several times at classic, rapid and blitz, and participated in Olympiads with the national team.
As a working mum of primary school aged children (age 5 and 7), she knows exactly how to deliver engaging lessons for our Cubs around the world!

  

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Coach Noemi
Women's FIDE Master (WFM)
Noemi is among the strongest female players in Croatia. She has taken first place at many tournaments including Croatian Girls Junior U17 championship in 2016. In 2019 she debuted for the Croatian Women’s Team at the Mitropa Cup, winning the gold medal with her teammates.
Noemi has extensive experience in teaching and coaching children and teenagers.

 

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Fees

 

To keep chess accessible during the pandemic, we've waived our annual membership fees and kept tuition fees low.
So there's never been a better time to learn the great game

 

World class chess training

from the comfort of your
home computer for

~£20 p/week

billed monthly
Free trial Membership
Online sessions
 

20-minute taster

Up to 43 lessons p/a
Experienced Chess Cubs Coach
Weekly schedule
Available during school holidays/closures
Limited
Reschedule options
(by agreement with coach)
 
Start trial

Become a member
£89(p/month)

"My six year old started as a complete beginner and instantly loved it. Richard is a wonderful teacher: welcoming, patient and kind with the children. He observes each child‚Äôs progress closely and adjusts the weekly lessons accordingly, always giving feedback to parents at the end of the session. My son thoroughly enjoys both the game (he now regularly plays with a neighbour) and the classes.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒNina

‚ÄúMy son loves going to the class‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒGrainne

FAQs

 

Yes! Each coach keeps a different schedule which you'll see when you join. Simply pick a coach whose schedule works with your own.

You just need...

  • a quiet place for your Cub to learn -- somewhere they won't be distracted
  • a device (computer, laptop, or tablet)
  • an internet connection
  • Some software setup (inc. Skype) which we can help you set up.

Some Cubs may find it helpful to wear a headset (with headphones and mic), but this depends on how you have things setup at home; so see how your first session goes before you get any additional gear.

When you book, you'll be able to see regular openings in the real-time calendars of our coaches. Just choose a slot that works for you and your child. Lessons will take place weekly from the day of your first lesson. So if you book your first lesson for Tuesday at 3.30pm, your lesson will take place every Tuesday thereafter, unless you agree otherwise with your coach.

Child safety is top priority at Chess Cubs. All our UK coaches are DBS-checked. Coaches from outside the UK have also been vetted, endorsed by their local chess communities,¬† and are international chess players recognised by FIDE (F√©d√©ration Internationale des √Čchecs).¬† In any case, we ask that parents remain nearby whilst lessons are taking place.

Just let you coach know with 48-hours notice. Your coach will aim to reschedule for another time that same week if they're available, otherwise the missed lesson will be stored as a ‚Äėlesson in hand‚Äô for 30 days. 'Lesson in hand' means you can receive the missed lesson at another time, mutually convenient with you coach, within the next 30 days. You can have a maximum of 2 lessons in hand at a time.

On our standard Home One-to-One plan,  each Cub receives up to 43 sessions in one Calendar year. Typically lessons are 1 week apart, but if there are some weeks in the year you'd like to not have tuition (for breaks, travel, etc.) then just give your coach at least 48-hours notice to reschedule.

The membership fee is an annual service fee that all members pay. It helps us maintain our online operations at Chess Cubs.  Subscription/Tuition fees are paid by monthly or annual subscription, and contribute toward paying our team of coaches.  N.B - We've suspended membership fees during this pandemic.

If your cub is below 7 or very new to chess, we may recommend a lesson length of 45 minutes before increasing to an hour, otherwise lessons are 60 minutes each.

Tasters are 20-minutes, they're a chance for you to sample what having a lesson with a coach might be like.

Via PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account to join, but to keep things simple, we recommend you have one.

You'll see a debit for your tuition fees under the description 'Chess Cubs Ltd'.

That's no problem; we'll be sorry to see you go, but you can cancel at anytime.

If you're leaving because you're not happy with something, please do get in touch with us at support@chesscubs.co.uk and we'll see what we can do to help, or make it right.

Lessons can still be received until the end of your billing period. You can also pause your subscription for 2 months, but bear in mind that your preferred coach might not be available when you're ready to start again.

To cancel just Log into Paypal, select Settings > Payments > Manage my pre-approved payments. Then select Chess Cubs Ltd and click 'Cancel'. ūüėŅ

When the  virus emerged at the end of 2019, we had already suspended all of our in-person activities to trial our online classes.  In accordance with UK government and WHO guidelines, we've decided not to re-open any in-person classes until further notice.  Fortunately we have a team of excellent coaches distributed around the world, delivering online, so none of our Cubs miss out!

We're rolling out a schools programme in 2021 (hopefully schools open soon). Know of an interested school? Ask them to get in touch at support@chesscubs.co.uk, we'd love to hear from them.

Yes, absolutely! Although we're still head-quartered in London, we think of ourselves as a remote-first, chess school for kids around the world. Everybody is welcome. ūüėļ