It is possible to become a strong player by studying independently complimented by participating in a scholastic chess program. However, most of the players who finish at the top of their sections at scholastic chess tournaments are taking weekly lessons with a chess coach. In fact, more than 80% of trophy winners at Nationals (top 25) are taking lessons with a chess master or other highly qualified instructor. One of the best ways to improve your game is to bring the score of your tournament games to your chess coach and have them analyze the game with you. To go over the moves of the game and see where your mistakes were and to see how you could have improved is of paramount importance. Depending upon your level, instructors will also help you to develop an opening repertoire, as well as to provide specialized endgame training. At Tri-State Chess, our staff of highly experienced and well trained instructors are teaching after school and curricular chess programs at over 20 schools throughout the Greater NY area. These are the same coaches that are available for private lessons. Standard rates for one of our instructors to come to your home for a weekly one hour lesson start at $80. Senior instructors with more experience and proven results have rates that are slightly higher at $100-$120/hr. We also have instructors who have developed many individual and National Championship Teams. They are charging $150. We offer special rates of $70/hr. for students who take the lesson in our store in Manhattan at 325 East 88th Street between 1st and 2nd avenue. It is not necessary to sign up for a package of lessons in advance. You can try out a lesson and see if you like it and pay as you go. If the instructor is not the right fit, you can try a different one next time, and you can cancel at any time without obligations. For best results it is suggested to take lessons weekly. Players who are very serious should take a 1 ½ -2 hour lessons weekly, or twice a week.