We know the Coronavirus has made logistics more tricky for everyone, so we’re waiving annual membership fees until further notice.

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 £39 (or $45 USD). 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!

Meet the team...

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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Richard Smartt
Founder
Fascinated by the connection between between chess, creativity and life skills, Richard founded Chess Cubs in the summer of 2015 in London, England. Richard is a British writer, ICF-accredited coach, and award-winning educator, he began his teaching career at Highgate, one of the UK's leading independent schools. Later, for his contributions to tech education, he received a Learning without Frontiers Innovator award.
Richard has produced work for a variety of youth-focused organisations including National Youth Theatre, Duke of Edinburgh's award, and Design Museum. Inspired by the 2012 documentary, Brooklyn Castle, he began teaching local kids at weekend clubs in South London. Five years on, Richard is excited to see Chess Cubs reaching young people around the world with a distributed team of the world's best coaches.
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Fees

 

We've waived our annual membership fees for now; 😀 so you only need to pay for your tuition fees (monthly).

 

Chess Cubs Home One-to-One
(Online only)

£89 (p/m)

Experienced Chess Cubs Coach
Up to 43 online lessons per year
delivered weekly
Lessons delivered during school holidays/closures
Reschedule options
(by agreement with coach)
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"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’s 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.”

—Nina

My son loves going to the class”

—Grainne

FAQs

 

Yes! Each coach keeps a different schedule which you'll see when you book. 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
  • Skype or Zoom installed.

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.

Lessons 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.

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.

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 (Fédération Internationale des Échecs).  We ask that parents remain nearby whilst the lesson is taking place.

Just let you coach know, ideally with at least 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 ‘lesson in hand’ 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.

Membership fees are an annual fee that all members pay.  The fee is a service fee that helps us pay for the maintenance of Chess Cubs.  Tuition fees are paid by monthly subscription; these contribute toward paying our team of coaches.  Membership fees are debited once each year after joining; Tuition fees and debited once each month after joining.

When you join Chess Cubs, an annual membership fee is usually due along with your first month of tuition fees.  But, because of Coronavirus, we've suspended all membership fees until further notice. Your membership fee will show as zero, when you book.

Tuition fees remain at £89 per month in  advance, via PayPal.

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

If you're leaving because you're not happy with anything, please feel free to 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 Brand Redux Ltd (the registered company name of Chess Cubs) and click 'Cancel'.

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!

Chess Cubs Home One-to-One offers weekly, private tuition with one of our coaches over the web.

Chess Cubs Local offers everything included in Home One-to-One, plus weekly, in-person classes for small groups in certain local areas. Due to the Coronavirus, we have pre-emptively closed this plan and all in-person classes for the foreseeable future. 

Parents interested in in-person classes are encouraged to get started with our Home One-to-one plan; when in-person activity resumes/begins in your area, we'll keep you posted.

We're rolling out a schools programme in 2021 (hopefully schools are open by then). 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.