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How do I find (or become) a chess coach?
How do I find (or become) a chess coach?
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If you are looking for a chess coach, you can browse & find one on our Coach Directory!

We have coaches who offer instruction to all skill levels. Many offer online coaching right here - using the Analysis Boards in our Live Chess interface. It's a fantastic virtual classroom for chess instruction!

Alternatively, if you are a coach looking for new students, you can set up a coaching profile from the directory as well! If you want to offer online coaching here at, you can even set up a simple online store for your services - and it only takes a few minutes!

Becoming a coach

To become a coach you first need to have a verified account/identity with, and there are a few ways to do this. You can:

  1. Send a copy of your identification (driver’s license/passport) to, OR

  2. If you’re a titled player, go through the normal Title Verification process, OR

  3. Become a premium member by upgrading your membership and putting your real name and credit card information on file. (The most secure, lasting way to verify your account.)

Next, coaches *must have an established rating from FIDE or a nationally recognized chess federation* (all ratings will be verified by

Further requirements:

  • All coaches must have a clear, legible "About Me" section on their profile page.

  • All coaches must use a relevant, friendly avatar.

  • All coaches must have a record of being an upstanding, helpful member within our community.

Additional requirements

Once you meet all the above requirements, you’ll only need to fill out a form to submit your application.

PLEASE NOTE: Coaches are not employees, agents, or representatives of or its affiliates. They operate independently and are not under the direct supervision or control of As such, cannot and does not guarantee or endorse the quality, safety, or legality of the services provided by coaches, nor the accuracy of their listings or abilities. Any transactions or interactions between coaches and students, including but not limited to the provision of services, payment, and communication, are solely between the user and the coach. is not a party to, and shall not be responsible or liable for, any transactions, interactions, or disputes that arise between coaches and students.

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