Online Junior Chess Club

Online chess classes delivered by professional coaches for young chess players who know the rules and want to take their game to the next level – being school champion, winning tournaments, representing the national team and beyond.

The Chess Parent’s Dilemma

Are you experiencing any of the following:

  • Your son / daughter knows the rules but not sure where to go from here
  • No school club for them to play at – or they have outgrown existing teachers
  • You either don’t play at all or only to a basic level – you would love to help more but don’t know how
  • Confused at all the online options and conflicting advice
  • Frustrated because you know they would really take to the game if only you could find the right help?

Trust me – you are not alone! The chess scene can be confusing and a little bit scary for new chess parents. Lucky for you then that you have found us – and we can’t wait to help.

Who we are and how we can help

We are Sarah and Alex Longson – a husband and wife team based in Cheshire with our two young children Isabelle and Tobias. We definitely know where you are coming from – as juniors we have both represented our country at chess, we have coached young chess players of all levels (school beginners through to European champions), organised the UK’s largest chess tournament (UK Chess Challenge) and are parents ourselves. Sarah, 2013 British ladies champion, regularly appears on TV and radio to discuss the latest chess developments.

Having heard from so many frustrated chess parents we set out to build a chess club that we would have loved as budding junior players but one that was also super convenient and accessible for modern day busy parents.

We asked ourselves what if…

  • Young players could receive expert chess tuition from the comfort of their own home
  • Classes were actually designed with young people in mind
  • There was a structured learning pathway players could follow
  • Classes were first and foremost fun as well as being educationally rich
  • The whole experience was super-easy for parents

All this could be delivered at a fraction of the cost of private 121 coaching

Introducing the Online Junior Chess Club

The Online Junior Chess Club is the place for young chess players to learn, practise and play. 

The Online Junior Chess Club helps students:

  • Learn about the heritage of the game and its fascinating history
  • Develop practical winning strategies that will help them achieve tournament success
  • Get experience playing peers of a similar ability
  • Meet interesting players and coaches who will share their insights and experiences
  • Build the confidence and resilience required for chess success (AND to enhance prospects in other areas of their lives) 

For parents you will:

  • Feel assured you are giving your loved one the best chance of chess success
  • Be proud of their progress
  • Gain some precious minutes back in your life due to our effortless booking system  

What makes us different?

Unrivalled experience

England internationals as juniors – we now run the UK’s largest chess competition and the English Chess Federation’s flagship training programme (oh – and we’re parents as well)!

Our own curriculum

All our content and materials are produced in-house giving us full control over the content and delivery so we can tailor it to the relevant audience.

Partnership with the ECF and Chess Trust

Partnered with the English Chess Federation to run the ECF Academy training programme and with the Chess Trust to run the Accelerator Programme. Both part of the official England Junior Development Pathway.

Diverse range of classes

Keeping things fresh and catering for different learning styles.

Technology pioneers

We’re always tinkering with new software and chess platforms to enhance the experience both for students and for parents.

We really care !

We just love what we do and want to share our passion with our students.

Our coaches

We are proud to offer a super strong line-up of professional coaches including:

Sarah Longson

Sarah Longson

Head Coach

Head coach and 2013 British Ladies champion. Level 4 English Chess Federation Coach

Brandon Clarke

Brandon Clarke

International Master

Brandon Clarke – International Master and 2021 British Rapidplay champion. Over 10 years of chess coaching experience

Alex Longson

Alex Longson

Content Creator

FIDE Master, former England junior international. FIDE Trainer.

What Our Members Say

Since 2020 we have welcomed over 500 students to the club and we are really proud of their achievements – no matter how large or small.

Our students have:

  • Represented the national team
  • Won British Championships
  • Won UK Chess Challenge events
  • Won school competitions

They have also

  • Learnt how to spot checkmate patterns quickly and consistently
  • Gained bragging rights by beating family members for the first time
  • Found competitive success outside of physical sport
  • Learnt how to be still and concentrate whilst battling ADHD
  • Developed reserves of resilience

Runner Up – European 2021 U8 Blitz and Rapid

British Under 12 Champion

Milo has really enjoyed taking part and has improved so much that he has now managed to beat his dad at chess for the first time! He celebrates his 7th birthday tomorrow and had a homemade chess birthday cake with chocolate chess pieces that he wanted to show you. Apparently I set the board up the wrong way round though!

Katja

Parent

Jamie LOVES the Battle Royales. His pleasure and excitement levels are really high! I hope you are proud of yourself too as not everyone can capture Jamie’s attention and keep him interested as you have. I am so grateful for all you have done in the classes.

Tess

Parent

As a teacher myself, I know how much work it takes to plan, find resources and produce good and engaging lessons, and you have certainly done this. Many thanks !

Pilar Navarro

Parent and teacher

Giya also wanted to let you know that she performed 3 fork moves in the chess MEGA tournament today that she had learnt in your Tuesday lessons, which I have attached to this email. She says that this really helped her to come 5th and is really happy about it.

She also says that your lessons are always packed with information and tactics and is always looking forward to them!

Sree

Parent

What do members receive?

Live online chess classes

45 minute interactive group sessions hosted on Zoom by one of our qualified professional coaches (Sarah herself runs many of the classes). Attending these regular classes provides a thorough chess education for students.

The classes take place on weekdays during term time after school and can be booked in advance using our booking platform. Classes are categorised by topic and by ability level. The number of classes you can attend depends on the pricing plan you select. Summaries of the classes are held in the “Chess Improvement Vault” (see below).

Tournament games against other members

Tournaments games take place on lichess.org following the classes (and at weekend)  with players able to practise their new skills against other students of similar ability. Allows students to hone the theoretical skills gained in the classes.

Chess Improvement Vault

Lessons, tips, software walkthroughs and parent guides. Especially useful for players tackling a new subject and need to refresh their memory or top up their knowledge. It also means if you miss a live session you can replay a summary at your convenience (unlimited access to lesson summaries).

Bag of Goodies

A welcome pack of goodies including branded chess stationary and a lucky dip gift.

The welcome pack is sent to all members signing up for an “Achieve” or “VIP” membership.

What are the Different Types of Classes?

Interactive Lessons

Our main staple class – students examine a new topic by analysing a game with the coach and being set questions to test understanding.

Quizzes

Real time quiz using our preferred quiz platform Quizizz. Students love the leaderboards and competitive aspect.

Sarah's Sizzlers

2013 British Ladies Champion Sarah Longson analyses one of her best games and students have the chance to play along and see if their moves matchup!

Checkmate Challenge

Very popular class which is all about application. Guided by the coach students tackle checkmate puzzles at the edge of their current comfort zone with the challenge to get a large winning streak.

Battle Royale

This one is all about fun and teamwork. Two teams go head to head in a team battle with running commentary from the coach.

Beat the Coach

Students get to challenge the coach in a ‘simul’ – ie the coach plays several opponent’s at once.

How it Works

1) Sign up and receive your welcome pack and instant access to our training vault (videos, pdfs etc).

2) If in doubt as to what level your child is or what sessions to do we’ll help to assess and recommend a schedule

3) Review our calendar and book your classes from our booking platform. Each class uses up a ‘credit’. The number of credits you have depends on your pricing plan.

4) Attend the classes on Zoom (full training provided if you haven’t used Zoom previously)

5) Join the tournaments on lichess (full training provided)

6) Submit questions via email or WhatsApp

14 Day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee

When you join the Online Club you are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don’t feel like you’ve received value and you decide you want to cancel any time within the next 14 days, just let us know what the problem is by email. If we genuinely can’t resolve your problem then we’ll send you a prompt refund. No hassles, headaches or hoops to jump through.

We’re confident that you and your child will enjoy the Online Club. In the unlikely event that you are not completely satisfied then we’ll refund you without any fuss – we won’t make you beg or invoke any silly rules or conditions.

Make Your Winning Move !

Join the Online Junior Chess Club today and receive these great benefits:

  • Expert tuition from professional coaches
  • Wide range of classes to suit different abilities and learning styles
  • Tournament games against peers of similar ability
  • Access to our Chess Improvement Vault
  • Welcome bag of goodies

Prices starting as low as £99 for a 12 week term – around £8 for a weekly chess lesson from a professional player PLUS all of other membership benefits

Classic

Weekly Lesson
£99/Spring Term (3 months)
  • Classes (12 credits / 1 per week)
  • Unlimited tournaments
  • Access to the Chess Improvement Vault
  • -Goody Bag
  • -Bonus 121 coaching session

VIP

Unlimited
£199/Spring Term (3 months)
  • Unlimited Classes
  • Unlimited tournaments
  • Access to the Chess Improvement Vault
  • Goody Bag
  • Bonus 121 coaching session with Sarah

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Online Club suitable for my child rated xxxx…?
A: The Online Junior Chess Club is suitable for a wide range of ratings from approximately 800 – 1800 (based on ECF ratings). Students should at least know how the pieces move and a good grasp of checkmate. If in doubt get in touch and we can carry out a quick assessment.

Q: How do I decide which classes to attend? 
A: All of our classes are allocated a ‘level’. Members will be sent a guide when signing up explaining which levels will be appropriate for their child. If in doubt we can jump on a call to explain.

Q: Do you offer a free trial?
A: We don’t offer a free trial but we do offer a no fuss 14 day money back guarantee. Also – if you want to give just one of our live sessions a try you can book these individually via our events page

Q: When are the classes?
A: Weekdays during term time from 4.15 to 5.00pm and 5.15 to 6.00pm (10 per week).

Q: When are the tournaments?
A: Weekdays during term time from 6.00 to 6.45pm and weekends from 12.30 to 2.00pm. Some tournaments will be restricted to certain rating bands to ensure players play other players of similar ability.

Q: Which tournaments can I play in?
A: You can play in unlimited tournaments except those tournaments which are restricted by rating bands – this will be advertised on the tournament booking page on lichess.org.

Q: Do you follow a set curriculum?
A: We have developed our own unique curriculum and all of our lesson plans are custom designed.

Q: What happens if I miss a class?
A: A recorded summary is made of each class and will be available in the vault. 

Q: Are the classes 1-2-1?
A: The classes are in groups which helps keep the cost down.