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Chess used to be seen as 'geeky' and as something to be ashamed of being good at. Not now, though! Times have changed and now it is quite rightly seen as a positive thing to be studious and to have talents. So if you are good at chess or think you will be then that's something to celebrate and going to classes is a great way to nurture that skill.
Even if it was uncool, what does it matter when you are doing something you enjoy for yourself and for no-one else?
But, no matter how much of a natural you are, chess is not a game that you can pick up a piece of and just play. Everybody has to study the game of chess and spend time learning the names of the pieces, rules and strategies not to mention practising with an opponent as much as possible to keep building and improving.
Chess classes are available in the city for children and adults across the board, even those with a rating of less than 1200 (which means they are novices). You can find out how the rating system works in our How To Play Chess section below.
Pick a professional coach to help you learn chess the correct way. Superprof will help you to find the most relevant tutor: we put together all the chess teachers in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. You can sort them easily using the website's filter features, then when you've narrowed down your criteria you can read each tutor's biography to find out a bit more about them and their teaching methods to see if they're the right match for you. Your private chess tutor will have had significant experience in the game and will be able to offer you their wisdom on the subject.
Whether working remotely at home or face to face in a classroom, take advantage of the close supervision of having a qualified tutor in Edinburgh. Improve your performance, boost your confidence, refine your strategy and learn about the next steps for you from an experienced chess guide.
If you aren't content with just learning how to play the game and want to truly master it, then a tutor could help to nurture you and point you in the right direction of suitable competitions to help you evolve and grow as a chess player. Who knows, they may even be able to guide you along the way to bigger success in the chess world!
Chess is, by definition, a board game as it is played on a board with two opponents. However, chess has also been recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a sport, and thus the game is technically an international competitive sport, with players from many countries participating in major chess tournaments and events.
That said, chess has just fallen shy of being regarded as an Olympic sport, so you won't see any medals being given out for this discipline at the next summer or winter Olympics. You might, however, be able to take part in a competition near where you are in Edinburgh.
Chess is played on a square board comprising of 64 squares in an 8x8 grid formation. One player controls the 16 white pieces and the other the 16 black pieces, of which there are one king, one queen, two knights, two rooks, two bishops and eight pawns, and the objective is to checkmate the opponent's king. The game can end in several different ways, including in a draw.
On average, each game of chess lasts between 10 and 60 minutes. A rating system is used in chess to estimate the strength of each player based on their previous performance, which goes from below 1200 (novice) to over 2700 (super grandmaster).
Chess has been around for over 1500 years and international chess has a long history in Scotland too, dating back to the medieval era. Chessmen can be seen at the National Museum of Scotland and also the British Museum. What's more, Edinburgh Chess Club is said to be the second oldest chess club in the world, formed in 1822 and starting off with 31 members.
So, there you have it, chess is in Edinburgh's roots and heritage so it seems a great place to learn to play the game!
You can find out what classes and groups are available in your local area of Edinburgh by visiting your local library, checking out noticeboards in shops and advertisements in magazines or newspapers. What's more, you can use the Internet and social media sites to look for suitable classes near you and to find yourself a private tutor, if you prefer a one to one experience. With Superprof, you can learn about chess and how to play the game with the help of a professional chess player or someone with vast knowledge of the sport.
Private chess lessons in Edinburgh are an effective way to learn to play chess fast. There are lots of chess tutors covering the area who can teach beginners through to highly rated players. The tutors can come to your house or they might have a suitable room set up at their place. Failing that, you can also learn online by using the advanced tools and apps at your disposal thanks to the modern Internet. The average cost of chess lessons in Edinburgh is £25 per hour.
There are plenty of different types of tutors: students looking to earn some extra cash, hobbyists, qualified teachers, competition winners etc. Private tutorials are the best way to learn how to play chess.
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