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Chess Rising Stars London Academy

“Chess teaches children the wonderful skills of problem solving, planning ahead and sportsmanship”

WFM Maria Manelidou, Founder

ABOUT US

Chess Rising Stars London Academy was founded by WFM Maria Manelidou in 2017.
Maria has carefully selected and trained her team of coaches, who bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for chess to their teaching.
We offer individual and group lessons for all levels and ages, both in-person and online. Our lessons will be tailored to your needs and include: openings, tactics, endgames, strategy, tournament skills and sportsmanship.
We will ensure that our students receive the tools and support that they need for their own chess journey. Whether you enjoy casual play or want to compete in local, national and international tournaments, we are dedicated to providing the best quality chess education for you.

WHAT WE OFFER

Private chess lessons for all ages and abilities
We offer in-person lessons across London. Our team of expert chess teachers will provide you with personalised chess training. We also offer online lessons for wherever you are in the world, using Zoom and lichess.org.
Private and school chess clubs
Chess Rising Stars organise termly online and in-person clubs for children. We also run clubs in primary schools across London. Our coaches are all DBS checked and experienced chess teachers.
Chess camps
We run in-person camps for children during the school holidays at Marlborough Primary School. Each child leaves with a badge and a certificate and some will win medals and trophies!

MEET OUR TEAM

Find out about our team of expert chess coaches

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Maria Manelidou

WOMAN FIDE MASTER (WFM), ACADEMY FOUNDER & FIDE INSTRUCTOR
Savvas Manelidis

Savvas Manelidis

Co-Founder & Teacher
Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Coaching Co-ordinator & FIDE Instructor
Marian Petrov

Marian Petrov

GRANDMASTER (GM) & FIDE TRAINER
Victor Vasiesiu

Victor Vasiesiu

FIDE MASTER (FM) & TEACHER
Jerzy_Dybowski

Jerzy Dybowski

FIDE MASTER (FM) & TEACHER
Thomas Villiers Chess Rising Stars

Thomas Villiers

Candidate Master (CM) & FIDE Instructor