Welcome to CCL

We are:

  • a truly individualized approach to chess instruction
  • specializing, but not limited to, the advanced chess student
  • all coaches have earned at least a national Master’s ranking, many with International titles
  • the home of the top young chess talent in Ohio
  • where improvement is about more than just becoming a better chess player
  • over the board locations are in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas
  • Internet lessons provided around the globe, primarily by our sister group Online Chess Lessons
  • Math, Piano, and other prodigious activities are now a permanent part of CCL.  This area is being led by Harvey Friedman, one of the top mathematicians and prodigies of our time.  Click on ChessMath & Strategic Piano for more details.
  • Restructured Pre-CCL program.  Please click on Pre-CCL for more details.

All of the coaches in this program work together. Often a student works with multiple coaches simultaneously. This is a team effort, where our motto is, “The kid always comes first.” I believe that our work is of value and all of our services are totally guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with any of our services, there is no cost. Take your time and click on all of the sections on the left. If there is anything that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. The legal name of CCL is ‘Columbus Chess Lessons LLC’ as Columbus, Ohio is our city of origin.

Click here to view some games by CCL players

Goran’s Group is also offering high level Internet based chess instruction to adults.

Latest News

Aristo Liu becomes the 12th CCL graduate!


  • Congratulations to our latest and 12th CCL graduate, Aristo Liu.
  • Aristo earned his graduation at the Parma July 8
  • Aristo is one of our younger CCL graduates, obtaining this difficult mile mark at just 11 years of age.
  • The CCL graduates have been rolling in recently.
  • What is a CCL graduate?  It is an honorary degree that we give to any CCL player who has worked their way through the ranks while in CCL and has made a USCF experts rating (>= 2000).   This group is becoming a who’s who of the top young talent around.  It entitles them to lifetime membership in CCL, based on good behavior, without the requirements of taking lessons.  They are allowed to receive email spam from me for the rest of their lives!!
  • CCL graduates are (in order of obtainment):
    • John Hughes
    • Walker Griggs
    • Maggie Feng
    • Rahul Ramaswamy
    • Annorjan Naguleswaran
    • Luke Xie
    • Chris Shen
    • Noah Keating-Adams
    • Sam Massick
    • Anagh Kulkarni
    • Vikram Srivastava
    • Aristo Liu