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Interactive Chess Lessons


85 per hour - Virtual OK - Posted Feb 13, 2016

Open a new perspective and change the way you view the game of chess. While most of my students are competitive players, I pride myself in that I met and shared my knowledge and passion with people coming from all sorts of backgrounds. All my students enjoy the mental arousal and the exclusive competitiveness that comes when you are marching your army against an opponent on the chess board.

A game of strategy, a game of will, and most importantly a battle of ideas between two brilliant minds. Come into my world!

Training & Qualifications

- Youngest Romanian FIDE International Grandmaster (highest rank in chess) obtained just before my 18th birthday.
- World Youth Champion at the U-16 age group & tied for 1st place a year later in the U-18 section
- Recipient of Chess I scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas (full ride scholarship)
-Back 2 Back US Class Champion in 2013 & 2014
- Bay Area Chess Elite team lead coach & Grandmaster in Residence

Availability & Preferences

My schedule is extremely flexible on a week to week basis. I travel for my competitions and I also adjust to my student's schedule requests when possible. Let's talk and we will surely find common ground.

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!


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About Cristian Chirila

Hey guys, I'm Cristian! I am a chess grand master originally from Romania who came to this country to pursue his dreams and passion. I spent my first 4 years in US at the University of Texas at Dallas..., pursuing my BA in Political Sciences and competing with the university's chess team all over the nation. After graduating I decided to completely change my environment and start fresh, and what better place than the west coast?! After moving to my current home in El Cerrito, I immediately fell in love with everything California. I've been here since, and I am not planning on moving anytime soon. Currently I am the lead coach for the Bay Area Chess Association, teaching private students,and competing at the highest level. I am wildly into health and fitness, and I am currently pursuing my martial arts journey. Everything that is related to personal development interest me. I have a lot of extra time on my hands and I am trying to use it to the best of my abilities. Meeting new people, learning new things, and expanding my horizons in different areas is what keeps me motivated. show more

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