Personal Training

Why take on personal training?

Chess is now enjoyed by thousands of children across Australia in in-school programs. Of this group a growing portion wish to take their interest in chess a step further. Just as with activities like music or tennis, one-on-one and small group training are two of the best ways to learn more about chess. An experienced coach can help children develop skills and iron out the weaknesses in their game. Since 2001 Dark Horse Chess’s personal training program has consistently been Australia’s best at helping children reach their full potential at chess.

While countless students of our program have competed successfully at state and national level, four stand out as exceptionally notable success stories. All of the following players joined our program a considerable time ago and have remained members of it ever since.

Christopher Wallis (age 21) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2307.
2006 and 2007 Victorian Junior Champion, 2006, 2007 and 2010 Box Hill Chess Club Champion. =1st, 2010 Victorian Championship.

Name Commenced Training Rating pre-training Rating now Increase
Christopher Wallis January 2002 928 (March 2002) 2307 +1379

Zhigen Wilson Lin (age 19) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2314.
Ranked #5 in Australia Under-20, 2003 Australian Under-10 Champion, Australian representative to the 2006 World Under-18 Championship, 2007 Australian Under-16 Champion.

Name Commenced Training Rating pre-training Rating now Increase
Zhigen Wilson Lin August 2003 1258 2314 +1056

Eugene Schön (age 17) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2223. 
Ranked #6 in Australia Under-18. =3rd in the 2009 Australian Open Championship. Note that is the adult national championship, not the junior national championship!

Name Commenced Training Rating Rating now Increase
Eugene Schön August 2003 853 (March 2004) 2223 +1370

Karl Zelesco (age 12) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2187.
Ranked #1 in Australia Under-14 and #1 in Australia Under-13. Improved 1117 rating points in nine months, topped the Australian Chess Federation’s ‘Most Improved’ list for two quarters in a row, and achieved the biggest ever improvement in the history of that list (+594 points).

Name Commenced Training Rating pre-training Rating now Increase
Karl Zelesco April 2009 487 (Sep 2009) 2187 +1700

What are the applicable fees?

As of 01/01/2019, our standard coaching fees are  as follows:

½-hour $50.00 $32.50 each
¾-hour $57.50 $42.50 each
1-hour $65 $52.50 each

Some of our coaches maintain separate fee schedules, which are viewable upon request. Payment is made on a class-by-class basis and there is no commitment to attend future classes.

What format do the sessions take?

We recommend a weekly 45-minute or 1-hour class. However, we are flexible to the needs and timetables of the children and their parents.

How can I enroll my child in the program, or find out more information about it?

Please call Vanja Rozenblat on 0447557047 or email admin AT to enroll your child in our program, or to ask any questions about it. You can also find more information in our FAQ.