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

CCL Chess Camp 5 – An Emphasis on Endgames

Saturday and Sunday      November  1st – 2nd
(with extended times, now going until 5:30 PM)

This is the second in our series of Tag-Team chess camps.  There will be two International Master chess coaches giving the lessons, moving from group to group.  There is a greater value in this approach as the students can learn chess from two different accomplished coaches, who each have their own perspective on the game.   It is the CCL way to provide the very best in everything that we do.  In these camps, there will be a U-1400 and an O-1400 group, with 6 periods across the two days.   Please pack a lunch to eat during a game playing break in the middle of the camp.  These camps are only open to CCL, Pre-CCL, and the Mulligan Chess Clubs members.

Space is limited to these camps and they are both first come, first serve.

Date:  November  1st – 2nd (Saturday – Sunday)
Time:  9:30 – 5:30, total of 16 hours (two hours longer than previous camps)
Place:  Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center; 4900 Sinclair Road; Columbus, Ohio   43229
Salon AB and Salon C


This section will have an emphasis on bishop vs. knight endings (both when the bishop is superior and when the knight is superior) as well as bishop of the same color endgames.   The endgames will be studied through the analysis of complete games, to help to fully see the flow through all parts of the game.


This section will have an emphasis on rook endgames and endgame piece activity.  The endgames will be studied through the analysis of complete games, to help to fully see the flow through all parts of the chess camp.

Registration is now open

50% discounts to 2nd child from the same family and to participants coming from outside of Ohio.

Cost per camp:

If paid by 9/30/14
One day = $104
Two day = $192 ( just $12/hour )

If paid between 10/1 and 10/25
One day = $112
Two day = $208

If paid on or after 10/26
One day = $120
Two day = $224

Registration with credit cards online at http://cclchess.com/payments-chess-camp/ ‎ or with check via mail to:

Alan Casden
7520 Deer Crossing Court
Worthington, Ohio   43085

Any questions can be addressed to:

(614) 561-2718