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Myth-busting: Can Chess Coaches Be Affordable and High Quality?

Updated: 9 hours ago

We, as of 2023 still haven't found a predictable guide to find the one with the other in most products and services (Affordable & High Quality), nobody has. We've become especially skeptical (and for a reason!) when we see that what we think is "Too good to be true"

A lot of people have been asking us how we can offer high-quality chess lessons for half the price of other academies. Is that a sign of us cutting corners? Or is it possible to get taught chess by world-class Masters?

We believe our low prices are a reflection of our commitment to providing excellent value for our students. There’s also one little secret we would like to tell you. Keep reading to know more.

What do we mean by "high-quality" chess lessons?

There's no such thing as an identical student. Some may want to win tournaments, others may value the availability of their coach, and others the price. There’s one thing we know for sure: The common denominator of success in any sport is the coach's ability to determine how to teach what leads them to succeed.

For us, quality chess lessons are about the overall package. For example; you might find a chess master rated over 2200, has won many national tournaments, and has been coaching for over 10 years. They know what they're doing, but they only might be available on Mondays at 10 a.m. That’s high-quality instruction but low-quality convenience.

Or, you might find a great coach in all those areas, but they charge $120 per hour. That's not unreasonable, considering how much time and effort it takes to become a master chess player. It’s high-quality coaching, but also a hefty price to pay.

High-quality chess lessons mean that you can get a high-performing coach (who is also a certified Master) who can accommodate your schedule and deliver an effective learning experience, all at a price that you can afford.

Everyone should have access to high-quality chess lessons, regardless of their budget and availability.

What's our secret to affordable chess coaches?

We are very proud to give the opportunity for talent from all over the world to teach their passion and make a good living out of it.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve the title of Master, and then even more to learn how to teach those skills in a systematic and effective way.

The thing is, if we look for Masters in the US, they’re going to charge what is considered a premium in our country. But what if we pay what is considered a premium in other countries? It basically means that we pay what you can consider affordable but a high ticket for Masters abroad.

Take coach Fabian Vivas as an example, a 5-time national champion of Venezuela, olympic chess player, and the 8th-best player in his country at 24. The fact that he can teach you the frameworks to his success and proficiency is mindblowing.

A presentation card of Fabian Vivas, chess coach at MM Chess. Text overlay describing his experience and credentials

But aren’t you underpaying these talents?

We all know what the dire situation Venezuelans go through. However, top-performing chess coaches from this and other countries earn a wage that would otherwise be impossible if they offered their coaching locally.

We hope that by offering affordable chess lessons, we can help children develop their talents and confidence while helping talented chess masters from other countries realize their true potential, and live a life that rewards their hard work.

Of course, there are some “drawbacks” to our chess lessons.

Yes, you’re learning from Olympics-level players, National and Subcontinental Champions, International Masters, and many other awe-worthy titles, but it’s not all perfect, so with all honesty I list some of the drawbacks you might find when hiring coaches from abroad.

  • While the coaches speak great English, some of them have distinctive accents, which can difficult understanding and conceptualize profound ideas.

  • There are cultural differences that might make communication a bit difficult. MM Chess tries our best to constantly train and support our coaches in this regard.

  • Since many of them are still active athletes, sometimes they will ask you to pause lessons so they can attend tournaments and events.

  • Some of them are in a completely different time zone, like our coaches from the Phillippines, so the easiness in rescheduling can vary.

In conclusion, if you're looking for affordable chess lessons that will take your game to the next level, look no further. Our advanced classes are designed to help you master the game and increase your skills in a holistic and efficient way.

With our extensive and packed curriculum, you'll learn all the essential elements of chess, from the basics to advanced strategies.

And the best part? Our affordable chess lessons come with a money-back guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied with your experience, we'll refund your investment, no questions asked Conditions apply.

Sign up for a 1-hour trial in the schedule of your choice and experience the power of our on-demand lessons.

Remember, the rules may be obvious, but mastering the game takes practice and guidance.

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