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Think Ahead, Stay Ahead.

Conquer the game of chess, learning from Master-titled coaches, anytime, anywhere.

This is what over 100+ parents and enthusiast have said about us:

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Start with a 1-hour trial lesson

Trial class only $9.99

Have it any time you'd like

1-to-1 private lesson 


Meet our chess tutors:

These top 0.1% players will show you how to think ahead and win! Every coach is an experienced master-titled player, who follows our curriculum.

3-time Junior National Champion, rated 2500, 12 years of experience coaching.

Misha Vilenchuk

National Master, Founder of MM Chess

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Hong Kong International Open Champion with 8.5/9.

Luis Medarde

FIDE Master


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5-times National Champion. Ranked 2nd best player of his country.

Fabian Vivas

FIDE Master 

Olympic player


World U14 Champion (1999), Champion of Ukraine (2006).

Zahar Efimenko



Our mission

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At home or anywhere!

We pair enthusiastic students

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World-class players

With master-titled coaches

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To drive improvement



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And deliver a fun experience!

Individual care means success! If your child is committed to learning new things, choose a Master!

Any coach you get paired to is a master-titled chess player with a rich background as coach.

Add value to your child's activities letting them reinforce their cognitive health and strenght.

Keeping children's attention is a MUST, and not all coaches know how to achieve it. We do.

Private online chess lessons

Monthly Knight

$140 (4 lessons)

A month's worth of weekly lessons. The starting point for beginners.

Monthly Rook

$240 (8 lessons)

Two lessons a week for a month. Great choice for intermediate/adv learning.

  • No auto-renewal.

  • Class credits never expire.

  • Personalized matching with a private coach

Kings & Queens

$320 (10 lessons)

Two and a half months of weekly lessons. Perfect as a gift and for multiple kids.


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How our chess lessons work

Reply to our team's email after choosing plans

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We will connect you with a matching coach

Then they will send the links you need.

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You're all set!

Are chess lessons good for kids?

Reinforces a child's education, intellect, and sportmanship.

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Becoming a top-10% player helps them realize their true potential!

Fun fact: Only 10% of players are rated over 1200Elo

Builds self-improvement habits through a fun and rewarding experience.

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Flexible schedule

Certified Masters

Free monthly tournaments

eBooks and training material

Price of private classes:

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Would you like to know how we made high quality and affordability possible? Click here

What is MM Chess?

Our mission

Chess should be accessible for everyone, no matter the budget. In our case, top quality, at a price that is unbeatable by comparable academies

"Back in 2020, when the world went online, I had the idea to look for top-notch players from around the world who had coaching experience and what we call "winner attitude", train them and create a company that could work as a concierge for them, thus, MM Chess was born."

-Misha Vilenchuk. Founder of MM Chess, 3-time national junior champion, chess Master and coach for over 12 years.

Click here to learn more about us.

How it all started

MM Chess as a company

We are a US-established company based in Chicago. Although we do offer collaborations with schools for in-person classes, our main focus is online.

We are happy to meet you and talk. Contact our Director at

We are proud to be a Chicago-based company! Contact us if you're looking for in-person lessons.

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Find us in Chicago

Take us to School!

Over 20 schools are happy to have us work with them. Learn more about our school programs in Chicago.

Participate in our tournaments!

Over 50 kids rated 600-1600 participate in our monthly online tournaments, free for all of our students and guided live by our head coach.

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  • What makes MM Academy qualified to teach?
    Head Coach Misha Vilenchuk developed a system to find the best chess masters to teach from around the world. As a result, we select instructors based on the following qualifications: A Master-level player as certified by FIDE or a national chess federation Strong communicative skills in English Emotional intelligence (& the ability to adapt lessons as needed) Experience teaching chess to children Trained by the MM Professional Development Program Find all of our coaches here
  • How are payments done?
    Our 200+ students use Stax for payments. You can see what they have to say here.
  • What process is used to teach at MM Chess Academy ?
    Our teachers believe in a systematic approach. We focus on building analytical skills by introducing one new concept at a time, and assigning homework throughout the week. The teaching is rooted in the Chess Steps curriculum.
  • How can I take the trial?
    If you would like to Book a trial lesson over the website click here. In this case, you’ll pay directly on the website. If you would like to schedule directly with us, let us know: The best time for you, and your time zone. Level of the student. Age of the student. Your email address and phone number. If you have a preferred coach (optional). You can check them out here. We’ll send a $10 invoice link over so you can pay in advance as a confirmation fee. We can accept Venmo or Zelle for the trial, but regular payments are done via invoice (Stax Payments) After the trial, the MM Coach will send the guidelines for enrolling in private lessons
  • Do you teach adults?
    Of course! They can take private lessons. Send an email to if you would like to join a group or private lesson
  • Why I should choose MM Chess Academy ?
    MM Chess Academy is unique. 1. We hyperfocus on each individual student. 2. We follow a systematic process, rooted in the Chess Steps curriculum. 3. We are certified Masters. 4. We have a simple payments system.
  • How Online Lessons Works ?
    Classes are taught using: - A video medium such as Zoom or Google Meets - An interactive chessboard, such as Both you and the coach can move the pieces and draw arrows. ​ The coach will teach you new ideas, analyze your games, and answer any questions you have. Our focus is on teaching, not just playing.
  • What is the range of price for these classes ?
    We offer affordable prices of $25-35/hour. There is:​ No auto-renewal Class credits never expire Classes are 100% cancelable with advanced notice
  • Do you also do this for autistic children?
    Yes! We have some kids on the spectrum and one teacher that specifically works with a few kids with autism/learning disabilities.
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