Online chess lessons
for kids and students of all ages
Lessons available for the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced player
Private/Individual, Group or School (Classroom) lessons available
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Who am I?
My professional experience and passion
"I am very passionate and fanatical about the game of chess."

I am Les Lord, a professional full-time chess coach/tutor and I am very passionate and fanatical about the game of chess. Chess is educationally, super-beneficial; it stimulates the mind and emotions; and is food/exercise for the brain. Whether you are young or old, male or female, rich or poor; regular chess training has the power to have a positive and far-reaching impact in your life for the better.

"Over 45 years experience in competitive chess"

I have over 45 years experience in competitive chess; both as a player and a coach. Even though I have now retired from participating in competitive tournaments, I am heavily involved in coaching/training juniors from around the Toowoomba district.

I teach a combination of school-based lessons and private lessons on a weekly basis. Some 26 years ago I commenced coaching chess in the school sector and now operate a full-time chess coaching business. The school-based chess lessons are before-school, after-school, at lunchtime and during class-time. More and more local Toowoomba schools are incorporating "chess lessons" in their school curriculum. The kids and teachers love it!

Now, I am pleased to offer online chess coaching lessons for individuals and groups, squads and schools.

Chess Tournaments
Watch the students talk about their love of chess
Who is it for?
Students of all ages
Beginners
Typically ages 5-8
For the player who wants to learn the basic fundamentals & principles about the game of chess in a fun environment.
Types of online and in-person lessons available:
  • Private/Individual Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • School (classroom) Lessons
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Intermediate
Typically ages 9-12
For the player that already has an overall basic understanding of the game and wants to take their game to the next stage.
Types of online and in-person lessons available:
  • Private/Individual Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • School (classroom) Lessons
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Advanced
Typically ages 13+
For the player that takes the game seriously and wants to compete at a high level (inter-school/state/national level).
Types of online and in-person lessons available:
  • Private/Individual Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • School (classroom) Lessons
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I teach all the fundamentals from basic to advanced strategies. Take a look at just some of the topics I teach:
  • Rules of play
  • Understanding main principles of sound play
  • Tactical themes and ideas
  • Strategies and planning concepts
  • Attacking and defensive skills
  • The art of sacrifice
  • Basic principles on all stages of the game
  • Study of annotated games to illustrate themes
  • Problem solving and practical chess exercises
  • Advanced principles on all stages of the game
  • Opening theory (basic and advanced)
  • Training with chess clocks
  • Development of competitive/tournament skills
  • Competitive play/games against other juniors
  • Inter-school matches
  • Systematic revision of game knowledge
...all the requirements to becoming a great player.
I'm here to help you become the player you've always wanted to be in an enjoyable and fun way.