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goforchess Academy is a top level FIDE accredited chess Academy offering the following services:

  • Primary and High Schools

  • Grade 1's and 2's

  • Pre-Primary School Chess Course

  • Group Chess Coaching

  • Private Chess Coaching

  • Teachers Chess Workshops

  • Corporate Team Building

Primary and High Schools Chess Coaching

  • For Primary and High schools nationwide!

  • Chess Coaching at your School or Online

  • Either as a school subject or an extra-mural activity

  • Structured coaching following a syllabus for each level.

  • Designed to fit your school’s needs and aspirations.

Contact us to discuss the best coaching option for your school.
Cost: Our base rate is R640 per hour (per coach)

Grade 1's and 2's Chess Course

  • In situations where schools don’t provide grade 1 and 2 chess, we offer bridging chess coaching for this age group.

Cost: Rate dependent on numbers and conditions.

(Depending on the model, we will invoice either the school or individual parents.)

Pre - Primary School Chess Course

  • Covering the rules of chess and all chess concepts.

  • Discovering the power of numbers through chess.

  • Explore the natural link between chess and mathematics.

  • Improve visual memory and pattern recognition.

  • Learn to plan, think ahead and improve concentration.

Cost: R975 per pupil per term (10 sessions)

Group Chess Training

  • Choose whatever sessions you prefer

  • Booking is essential (at least 3 hours before)

  • Click below to navigate through the Payment Options and Schedule.

Option 1:
R300 per session
Option 2:
R900 per month for one session per week
Options 3:
R1800 for 8 sessions paid in advance
(Valid for 3 months)


3 30pm




3 30pm


9 30am


10 30am


10 30am

Private Chess Coaching

  • At goforchess Studio or by arrangement at your house.

  • Arrange a time slot to suit your schedule.

  • Rates negotiable with coach.

  • Connect with your favourite coach here:

About me
Andile Nyathi
073 972 5689
Andile is an experienced beginners coach at goforchess Academy and also coaches at various schools. Contact him to arrange private lessons.
Basil Wolk
074 383 2882
Basil is an apprentice chess coach with a small following of private pupils(face-to-face and online). Contact him to arrange a free introductory lesson.
Bonisani Nsibande
061 270 2628
Bonisani is a top level chess player and coach, with extensive experience coaching schools and private pupils. Contact him for to arrange private coaching to suit you.
Clyde Wolpe
061 034 2885
Clyde is the Director of goforchess FIDE Academy. He’s a FIDE Instructor, a former SA Chess Champion and author of ‘The Power of Chess’. Clyde specializes in producing young chess champions and would love to be part of your chess success story.
Daniel Cawdery
082 963 8293
Daniel is an International Master and South Africa’s highest rated chess player. He is the 2022 SA Open and Close Champion. Daniel is a FIDE Chess Instructor and has been the national coach at 4 Olympiads. Daniel has produced a long list of junior national champions and continues to do so.
David Mendelsohn
083 457 4776
David is a consistent performer on the SA tournament circuit, and has also been awarded colours by Tshwane Chess Union. David coaches at numerous schools and has a strong following of private pupils.
Eric Mpathi
076 243 9192
Eric is a qualified chess arbiter with great success as a coach at SAJCC. Eric coaches at numerous schools and privately. Contact Eric for private coaching.
GM Miloje Ratkovic
+381 64 5223187
Miloje is a young Serbian grandmaster operating mainly from Singapore. Miloje has a law degree and is a full time chess coach. Check out his lichess profile here:
Jaheim Netshakhuma
082 934 3602
Jaheim has over 20 years experience as a schools and private chess coach. He has coached many top juniors and looks forward to connecting with you.
Leon Sithole
072 784 6804
Leon is a highly experienced chess player, tournament organizer and coach. Leon has had great results in tournaments and has coached many young players to success.
Mothupi Lekgau
074 917 6444
Mothupi is one of the top chess players and coaches in South Africa and has been awarded SA Colours for chess. Mothupi is a qualified FIDE Chess Instructor and has had excellent results with his pupils competing at National level.
Otto Sitholi
064 072 3618
Otto is a schools chess coach with a small following of private pupils. Contact him for a free introductory private session at goforchess Studio.
Ray Magagula
071 701 1989
Ray has coached chess at school level for over 20 years; and has a strong following of private pupils. Contact him to arrange private lessons.
Sanele Mthombeni
079 638 9477
Sanele is an up-and-coming young coach and arbiter. Sanele coaches at schools, goforchess Studio and privately.
Sipho Tshawuzana
060 374 3874
Sipho specializes in coaching young kids, providing excellent analogies to ensure their love and connection to chess. Sipho coaches at various schools for goforchess Academy.
Thabo Gwangwa
079 275 0845
Thabo runs numerous goforchess Academy workshops and projects and coaches at many local schools. Thabo has a strong following of private pupils and would love to welcome you into him "team".
Waldo Jonker
083 266 6333
Waldo is the head chess coach at various Johannesburg schools, and an accomplished top level tournament chess player. Contact him to arrange private lessons.

Teachers Chess Workshop

Workshops @ goforchess Studio:

  • Last Friday of every month.

  • 9am to 4pm

  • Cost: R1800 per delegate (booking essential)

  • Includes drinks, snacks and course material

Corporate Team Building

  • Maximize the power of your workforce using chess strategies.

  • The power of chess in business and life.

  • Develop a chess thought process for broader decision making

  • Use Priority Thinking to eliminate unnecessary analysis.

  • No discussion without implementation.

  • Understanding the difference between strategy and tactics.

  • Using chess analogies and applications to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs in business.

Training takes place at your premises.

Cost: we will quote you based on your specific requirements/structure/numbers etc.

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