Chess coaches

Dagne Ciuksyte

Dagne Ciuksyte

I started playing chess at the age of 6 (I believe you can never be too young or too old to learn!). During my professional chess career, I have achieved the titles of Woman Chess Grandmaster and International Master (with one Grandmaster norm) as well as an ELO rating of 2450 at the peak time of my chess career. I have played for Lithuania’s and England’s Women National Team at The World Chess Olympiads and the European Team Chess Championships for more than 10 years.

Now, having a family of my own, I’m concentrating on sharing the chess knowledge I gained with my students.

Currently, I am a leading chess coach at Cambridge Girls Chess Initiative:

My chess articles:

My fees are : £25 for a one-off guidance lesson. If you book 5 intensive and enriching chess sessions in bulk for £100 it will come as £20/an hour!

Neil McDonald

Neil McDonald lives in Gravesend in Kent, England. Between 1994 and 1998 he won eleven international all-play-all events and was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1996. He is a regular chess coach of England junior players, having acted as the trainer of  David Howell when he came second at the European Under 12 in 2001 and more recently Akshaya Kalaiyalahan when she won Bronze at the European Girls Under 18 in 2018. He also teaches at the English Chess Academy. Neil became a FIDE trainer in 2017.

He has written numerous books on openings, endgames, tactics and strategy as well as biographies of famous players. He acted as an openings expert on for 18 years. Neil offers chess lessons on Skype and in person to players of all ages and all levels. Please contact him with enquiries by email.

Neil McDonald

Charlotte Ciuksyte

Although I started chess from the age of four, I have been around chess since I was born. Having come first in many Junior tournaments, I came second or third in a few others. I have had experience in teaching beginners in our Parent and Child Training Events and individually. I can introduce your child to many chess variants once they have mastered the basic skills of chess. As a bonus, I can teach your child the basics of speaking French while teaching chess.

My fees are : £10 for a one-off guidance lesson or £40 for 5 lessons in booked in bulk (it comes as £8 for an hour of junior to junior chess coaching).