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Chess Gaja(formerly known as Chess Gyaan) is a leading online chess academy for all student levels led by Grandmaster Priyadharshan Kannappan.

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Varied modes and methods of training for every individual based on their playing strengths and levels

Personal Training

Have 1-1 world-class training sessions from our coaches, where you will get personalized attention, guidance and handholding in every step of your chess journey.

GrandMaster Group Class (NEW COURSE!)

Weekly session with GM Priyadharshan Kannappan. Only 6 students in a group allowing the students to get personalized attention in a group setting.

Adult Group Class (NEW COURSE!)

A class that's designed for adult learners who know how pieces move and a few basic strategies. Join the course and beat your work stress by increasing your focus and concentration!

Why you should choose Chess Gaja?

We focus on the learning process and not the short term results. Therefore, we handhold you throughout your chess learning journey by offering

Tailor made homeworks

Homework will be provided on a regular basis based on student's level of play

Study schedule

A personalized timetable will be provided on what you should study in your own time and how to study.

Game Analysis

The sessions will primarily focus on improving your middlegame, endgame and analytical knowledge. We will focus very little on your opening knowledge, as it’s not the most important thing for players up to 2200 rating level.

Play Games

Play games online with other Chess Gaja students and also with trainers. Analyze your games regularly to measure improvement.

Participate in Tournaments

We will help you with tournament preparation, and you will also be able to join the online tournaments conducted by the Chess Gaja team.

Unique training modules

The first few sessions will be spent in understanding your game and playing style, and based on that. After that, we will create a working plan working on your strengths and weaknesses.


For the last 5 years, I have worked under GM Kannappan and thoroughly enjoyed it. With his help, I was able to break 2000 FIDE. His kindness and dedication towards me have helped me grow as a player. GM Kannappan supports his students in any way possible whether it’s preparing for the next round opponent or answering late night questions. He has helped me create a strong repertoire and targeted my weaknesses in each lesson. My tactical play, positional thinking, and endgame skills showed growth over time through my results at tournaments. Our lessons start out with positions that showcase a specific motif or theme then onto top-level games where I apply the specific theme/motif when finding moves that the super grandmasters played. His unique approach and easygoing attitude keep me engaged and passionate about chess. I am very lucky to meet GM Kannappan and I highly recommend him to everyone of all playing strengths.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Still have a question? Reach out to us: [email protected]

I am just starting to learn chess, can I learn in ChessGaja?

We have coaches who cater to students of all chess levels starting from Absolute Beginner to IM strength

How many lessons a week would be the most optimal?

We strongly suggest that you learn minimum 2 hours a week from our trainers and outside of the training you should spend a minimum of 1 hour a day working on your own to see some substantial chess growth in few months.

Why should I start my classes with junior coaches at the start and not right away with a GM if my rating is anywhere below 1500 ?

We strongly believe that the junior coaches can more lucidly explain the concepts and ideas that are faced by the players below U1500 rating level and this way we also ensure that the student gets the most value for the money spent on the training. The moment, the junior coach feels that you have stepped up your game, you will be moved to the next level of training with a stronger coach.

Do you offer trial classes?

We only offer 2 hours of PAID Trial classes with our coaches before you commit to our class packages.

What payment mode do you use?

International Students - We collect only using our RazorPay payment gateway

Indian Students - You can do payments directly to our company bank account

How to schedule classes?

Reach out to us and we will help you schedule the sessions with your favourite instructor.

I want to cancel a scheduled class?

You can cancel the scheduled private sessions up to 8 hours before the scheduled start time. Read more about our refund policy here -

Validity of 1-1 class payments

The payments you have done for our class packages are valid for 6 months from the date of receipt.

Is online sessions as beneficial as in-person lessons?

Majority of modern-day chess training happens online, and there are a lot of benefits of having online sessions like 1)Convenience 2)Flexibility in timing 3)Distance not an issue 4)Advanced tools and annotations that can be shown on a digital board, which is not possible on a physical board. We believe online sessions are equally or even better than in-person sessions

Still have a question? Reach out to us: [email protected]

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