Utah Chess Instruction

Chess lessons are available in many communities in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah, from chess coach Jonathan Whitcomb, who lives in Murray. The following are only a portion of the cities to which he can drive for giving private or group instruction in the royal game, and the cost is very reasonable: $25 per lesson, at 45 minutes to an hour for each lesson. (Not all of the youngest chess players, less than about six years old, will do well for more than 45 minutes of tutoring.)

For most chess players, improving basic tactical ability is very important.

A partial listing of the communities available for chess tutoring in Utah is here:

  • Murray
  • Taylorsville
  • Holladay
  • Kearns
  • West Valley City
  • Midvale
  • Cottonwood Heights

The chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb may also be available to travel to further locations in the Salt Lake Valley, depending on this schedule. Phone him for details and any potential extra transportation charges that could apply for cities further away from Murray.

He has taught chess to students of many ages, from young children to older kids, teenagers, and adults. Instruction is available for those of many different levels of ability.

In general, the following subjects may be covered in various lessons (depending on the skill of the student, for each person is given precise individual attention):

  • Basic tactical awareness
  • Motifs of tactics
  • Strategy as a chess game progresses
  • Opening basics and details
  • Middle-game battles
  • End-game principles
  • Precise methods in the end game


man talks on telephone while playing chess

Jonathan Whitcomb wrote the book Beat That Kid in Chess, which may be the first chess publication using the NIP system of chess instruction: nearly-identical positions. This can make it much easier for a chess player to learn most thoroughly the most important aspect of winning chess: tactics.

To communicate with Whitcomb, and ask questions or make an appointment for your first free introductory meeting, use the CONTACT page or call him: 801-590-9692.



Chess Tutor in Salt Lake Valley

Convenient (at your home or at a nearby library) . . . The following communities in the Salt Lake Valley [Utah] can easily be visited by the chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb . . .

Chess Lessons in Las Vegas

Atanas Kolev is a chess grandmaster with more than 30 years professional chess experience as a chess player and coach in many countries all over the world – Bulgaria, Spain, USA, Greece, San Salvador and so on. [$100/hour]

Chess Lesson Reviews – San Diego, California

(Although the title page mentions St. George, Utah)


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