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President, Riverside Chess Club Assistant Manager, Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation Chess Teacher, Chess Wizards

I teach beginner and intermediate chess to students of ages 5-105 with a structured syllabus that I tailor to your strengths and weaknesses. For online tutoring, I use Chess.com. Meetings start with a fun activity followed by a lesson on a specific topic, then we'll play a game and analyze it together afterwards. You can also send me other games to analyze during the lesson, or pick your own topics like how to play a certain opening. I encourage everyone to do puzzles daily, and look at the game review for your games.

"As a long time teacher, I have the ability to identify teaching skills. Sean is a very good teacher. I had watched an online chess course and it was way over my head so I thought chess wasn't for me. But within 10 minutes Sean dispelled all that, made learning fun, AND taught me more in an hour than I learned during HOURS of online classes. Highly recommend Sean!" Miles Coleman

Fun facts: - Teaching chess is my greatest passion in life; my goal is for you to fall in love with the game, learn, and have fun - Recipient of Chess Journalists of America's 2022 Best Online Interview Award - US Chess Certified Club Tournament Director - Peak rapid rating of 1540 on chess.com (currently 94th percentile globally) - MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Certificate of Teaching for a Positive Future from the Institute for Humane Education - 4+ years of formal teaching experience in chess, economics, and snowboarding

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Undergraduate Degree: University of Vermont - Bachelor of Science, Development Economics and International Development

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Master of Science, Agricultural Economics


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