Membership Fees

Up-front and save or a convenient plan

Joining a NZ Chess Academy training squad is a significant commitment to chess. It involves a number of activities designed to rapidly improve your skills. 

The fees are the same no matter whether you join a Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 squad. To get the most out of the academy, we recommend the Gold Member option, however other options are available too. If you are interested in making an enquiry, just fill out our enquiry form and we will be in touch with you.
We can arrange for your membership to be paid through a convenient weekly, or monthly, direct-debit. Membership runs from February to December and each year.
If paying weekly payments are due each week. Note payments are not based on attendance but rather on membership.
If paying monthly, 11 monthly payments are required.
Players may withdraw from the Training Squad at any time subject to 7 days written notice and in some cases a cancellation fee. No refunds will be given.

For most Squad Members this will replace the regular school club or after-school club that you attend - most likely you're one of the better players in that class anyway and it's time to move on to the next challenge.

The Training Squad is designed for students that are highly passionate about chess, and ideally for those who are prepared to make a full-year (52 week) commitment.

Acceptance into a squad is based on our opinion of an applicant's current ability, positive attitude and future potential. Not all applicants will be offered a place in the Squad. No appeals will be considered, our decision is final. A maximum of 12 players will be accepted into each squad.

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Your Training Squad Uniform must be worn to all Squad-Coached tournaments (weekenders, Junior and Regional events).

Membership Fees

Bronze Member

Silver Member

Gold Member

Pick and Choose

Weekly In-Person Squad Meets
(75 min) 

ü Not Available Individually
24/7 access to in-person lesson archives * ü ü $15/week
Quarterly Progress Assessments ü Not Available Individually
Weekly Online Lesson with an International Master
(45 min, recorded for later review) **
ü ü ü $5/week
24/7 access to online lesson archives ü ü ü $5/week
Email and messenger access to your Head Coach ü ü $5/week
Phone access to your Head Coach ü Not Available Individually
Coaching at Weekender Tournaments ü ü $50/day
Coaching at NZ Junior Champs ü ü $100/day
Training Squad Uniform

$40 Hoodie
$25 T-shirt
$15 Cap 

KINGS CARD gives you 10% off EVERYTHING
(Sarapu Cup, Chess Sets, Books, Clocks and more) 
ü ü Not Available Individually
Weekly

$8 /
week

$12 /
week

$33 /
week

Or Monthly

$34 /
month

$52 /
month

$127 /
month

Or a Lump-Sum Payment $349 /
year 
$499 /
year 
$1299 /
year
* In-Person lesson archives include hundreds of professional videos, self-study puzzle worksheets
** Weekly Online Lessons are run term by term