About Us

About Us

Founded in 2001, Dark Horse Chess is a Melbourne-based chess coaching organization involved in running a wide variety of chess-related activities. In particular, we specialise in providing high-quality individual chess coaching as well as fun and engaging lunch-time chess classes in primary and secondary schools across Melbourne.

Dark Horse Chess prides itself on two key things:

  1. A very high-quality private coaching program with a stellar record of success. Click here to find out more about our personal training and results.
  2. A school-coaching program that is taught by really friendly, enthusiastic, coaches who not only are good at chess, but work fantastically with young people and large groups – two skills very different skills!

Dark Horse Chess have a strong tradition of excellent performance in the annual Australian Junior Chess Championships. In 2018, students coached by we took out the Australian Girls Champion Title (Cassandra Lim), U16 Girls Title (Jody Middleton), and U14 Title (Kayson Wang), and in 2017 we took the top title of Australian Junior Champion (Ray Yang).

Other notable results include taking out 6 of 12 national titles (half!) in the 2015 Australian Junior Chess Championships!

We have coached many schools to victory in both the Victorian and Australian Primary and Secondary Schools Championship.

National winning teams we have coached include Presbyterian Ladies’ College (2016, 2017), Deepdene Primary School (2010 and 2011), Scotch College (2008, 2009 and 2011), and Balwyn High School (2006 and 2007).

Our Services

Private Coaching
One-on-one and small group training are two of the best ways to learn more about chess.
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School Coaching
We offer fun and engaging classes at schools that run throughout the term.
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Meet Some of Our Team

Chris

Chris

Coach
FM Chris Wallis has offered private coaching since 2010, and has also coached at many schools; in particular, helping Deepdene…
Nicole

Nicole

Coach
Nicole has been playing chess since Grade 5, after joining her school chess club. She found it was a unique…
Denise

Denise

Coach
Denise has been playing chess since 2007 and began coaching for Dark Horse Chess in 2016. She enjoys teaching through…
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What People Say

Dark Horse Chess has coached our Senior School chess team since 2004. They have always done an outstanding job, and accompanied our team to the Australian Schools Teams Championships as it achieved first place in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Michele Linossier, Chess Coordinator, Scotch College Chess Coordinator Scotch College

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We look forward to hearing from you!