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"We learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favourable change, and that of persevering in search of resources." --Benjamin Franklin

I enjoy chess and believe it to be a useful tool for expanding the intlellect and keeping the brain active and healthy.

You can learn the basics of chess in a single session and hone your skills over a lifetime. chess is played all around the world, and each country has its own variations in style and technique. There are also hundreds of variant rulesets.

Here's the pattern I use for teaching chess:

  1. Starting Out

    • The Ten Moves
    • Queening
    • Zones of control, or protection
    • Check and checkmate

    • Forking
    • Sacrifices
    • Gambits
    • Variant games
  2. The Study of Chess

    • Aiming for endgame
    • Notation
    • Guided practice
    • Game analysis
    • Practice sessions...


I believe in making sure an exchange is mutually beneficial. To ensure you get the best value on my services, I like to negotiate non-package rates on an individual basis, at the end of the first session.

Prices are dependent on number of sessions, subject matter covered, etc.

A usual rate for services in this category is $18/hr.

Discounts are available. Ask how to get up to 50% off. Ask about a limited number of no-cost lessons.

Lincoln Sayger's Lessons operates mainly in Okaloosa County, Florida. In-person lessons outside the county require a travel surcharge.

Learn-together Program

Sometimes, a companion along the path of learning is sufficient. If you need help with something I haven't listed (and something I don't know very well), I offer a special program for that. Subject to my approval (for example, I won't attempt things where lack of expertise could be physically dangerous), I'll learn along with you, and you get a greatly reduced rate.

About LSL

Lincoln Sayger has a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of West Florida. Since 2002, he has taught children and adults in many subjects.

To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to
This page was last updated on 2015.11.27b.