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WGM/IM Dorsa Derakhshani

Woman Grandmaster/International Master
Teaching Rating Range:
All Levels!
Accepting Students?

$100 / one-hour lesson

$800 / 10 one-hour lessons

Lessons Offered Via:
Zoom, Google Meet

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About Me

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from SLU where I completed my Bachelor of Science degrees in biology, health sciences and health care ethics. I'm now in Medical School at Mizzou! I've been playing chess since I was 6 and got my Fide Trainer title at 18.


I enjoy encouraging students to think more critically about any position and improving their analytic and reasoning skills. I do that through analyzing games, showing you puzzles, and finding you the most suitable opening to your style.

Good Student Match:

Anyone who loves chess and is ready to learn. I teach nationally and internationally, so just reach out on what works best for you! I do mainly online lessons since I no longer live in STL, but I still do come to Saint Louis every month.

Playing Experience:

I scored my first national gold in girls under 8 back in Iran and have competed on their national team. After winning the Asian Youth Championship 3 times, I moved to Europe for a year to play for different leagues, and I have been to 35 countries to compete. I moved to the USA for college, and now, I represent the USA in tournaments and got bronze in the USA women's championship 2020. I was the captain of SLU's women's team, and we have gained many collegiate awards for the university. Now I am on the Mizzou chess team.

Teaching Method:

This depends mostly on what the student wants and how much time they have for chess on their own. I try to be flexible with my methods and adapt to cater to each person's interest in chess.

Other Resources:

I've been working for the chess club since 2019 and some of the recorded lectures on our youtube channel playlist could help introduce my teaching style:

Check out my new book here: