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Welcome to Grandmaster Mac where we provide online chess lessons, chess coaching, school chess programs and chess classes for kids and adults.

Learn to play chess with us here at Grandmaster Mac Chess Academy. We offer top notch online chess coaching , online chess lessons, chess classes and other services such as  chess school programs.  In addition we are a chess academy that offers affordable and effective online chess coaching and chess classes for kids and adults! Stay up to date on chess classes information and to find the class that is right for you.

Our instructors are all grandmasters and they keep up a library of chess lessons and chess videos which is updated daily with important chess topics such as chess openings, novelties, famous games and much more.

Jay Pathak
GM Mac is the best at coaching and ensuring that kids enjoy learning and playing the game of Chess. He tries to keep things simple for kids to understand. He provides right level of focus on every student and challenge his students to go an extra mile. I do recommend him based on his coaching in last six months of so to my loved one.
Ryan Thompson
I have had Mac for 5 years, and in that time, I have seen great growth in my chess. I started around 1600 with him, and I managed to get up to 2000. My openings have diversified and solidified while being open to play some fun sidelines. But I think the most important part was he was a positive and fun coach and always found a way to make chess great. I love to go to chess lessons to learn more chess and solve puzzles. Overall, I would recommend my coach and my friend, Mac.
Andrea Damon
My son has been taking chess lessons from Mac for 1.5 years as either private lessons or part of his group virtual summer camp program. Lessons with Mac are something my son looks forward to all day! He often starts the lesson with a new tactic or skill he wants my son to work on, then they often review one of my sons recent games and discuss different moves and ways he could have played, and then ends the lesson by playing a game. The group lessons were a fun experience where in addition to the new tactics that were taught, my son also had the opportunity to play against other kids roughly his age/ability in quick games in a tournament style. He was always so excited for every win and seeing where he ranked at the end of the class. I am very glad to have found Mac as a coach, he is patient, has taught my son a lot about chess, and most importantly helped my sons love for chess grow!
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“Many have become chess Masters, no one has become the master of chess.”

Siegbert Tarrasch

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A Chess Academy where you learn chess from grandmaster and a great place to learn to play chess online.

Although it is true that no one has become the Master of Chess, that hasn’t stopped us from trying.  Grandmaster Mac chess academy is the place to learn to play chess and offers top quality and affordable online chess coaching.  Effective chess coaching and training is the key to playing chess well and Mac knows it.  Mackenzie Molner has built a team of dedicated and skilled chess enthusiasts with whom we help advanced tournament players hone their skills and give beginner players a solid foundation as they learn chess and discover their passion for the game. Get chess coaching from grandmasters here at

The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background.

The academy Mac built is more than just a chess school.  It’s a community of people who come together to learn to play chess online, have fun and (of course) taste victory as often as possible. Headquartered in New Jersey we most frequently teach in Summit, Chatham, Montclair, Millburn and Short Hills. We are currently expanding to cover all of Northern NJ and New York City.

Online Chess classes for kids and adults have proven to boost concentration, logical reasoning, critical thinking and show other benefits as well. With our grandmaster chess lessons and other chess classes students will be not only enjoy chess but be engaged in the process of learning.

Chess has been around for well over 1400 years and it’s popularity is ever-increasing.  More than just a fun game, studies show that learning to play chess in schools and academies – particularly at a young age – helps develop critical thinking skills, logical reasoning, thoughtfulness, patience and a dedicated work ethic.  Chess continues to benefit the brain even in old age and regular play helps keep the mind sharp. That said, once you fall in love with chess it will be a passion you keep the rest of your life.  Our team at Grandmaster Mac chess academy is excited to share our passion with you. Learn chess from grandmasters!

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Online Chess lessons , Online Chess Coaching & Chess Classes for Kids

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Private online chess coaching and online chess classes are the most effective way to learn to play chess online. At Grandmaster Mac chess academy we offer private coaching, both in-person and online. This style of coaching provides a direct, focused and customized course of action tailored to the needs of each individual student so growth is optimized.

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School Programs & chess classes for kids

Our after-school programs are designed to meet the goals and objectives of the schools we work with. Whether the goal is simply learning chess and having fun or competing at a local, state or national level, Grandmaster Mac chess academy has the instructors and material to create fun and effective chess classes for kids. We will bring all of the equipment needed for a chess class in school, including pieces, boards, clocks and printouts.

Critically analyzing your own play with the help of a grandmaster chess coach is the best way to improve your chess.

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Group chess classes are a great alternative to private chess coaching in order to learn to play chess.  They provide cost effective and more social alternatives to private lessons that are great for a students still building their foundation. Online chess lessons begin with in-depth analysis of grandmaster chess so students can visualize the game’s ideas. This is followed by games between students reviewed by the instructor so they can correct any errors. Using this method, the students learn chess from examples of top-level play and their peers, resulting in a fun and rewarding class. Click here to learn more about our online chess lessons.

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Other Chess Programs

If what you would like does not fall under any of the other listings, don’t hesitate to contact us!  We are happy to help create a customized chess lessons, chess coaching or any other type of chess classes for kids just for you!

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Online Chess Lessons & Chess Videos designed to help you learn to play chess online.

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Check out our library of chess lessons and chess videos designed to give you the most valuable lessons on your road of chess improvement and help you learn and improve your chess. When it comes to learning chess, there is no substitute for knowledge and experience. We update our library with new lessons on different important topics regularly. Stay tuned at Grandmaster Mac Chess Academy for new chess lessons and chess videos.

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About Mackenzie Molner

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Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner

"We may all learn from Morphy and Anderssen how to conduct a King's side attack. Perhaps I myself may not have learnt enough. But if you want to learn how to avoid such an attack, how to keep the balance of the position on the whole board and how to expose the King and invite a complicated attack that cannot be sustained in the long run, then you must go to the modern school for information."

Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner is known to his friends and students as just Mac and was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. He learned to play chess at the age of seven when he caught the chess bug while at summer camp. When the games continued at home, his parents realized they needed to find Mac some new competition or they would never be allowed to leave the chess board.

"There are two classes of men; those who are content to yield to circumstances and who play whist; those who aim to control circumstances, and who play chess."

Classes and tournaments eventually followed. His talent attracted the attention of Michael Khodarkovsky, an internationally renowned chess coach and his expertise helped Mac break evolve into the fierce competitor he became.  Backed by his new coach, he continued to achieve individual and team success throughout his scholastic career. Mac won the K-3 state championship in third grade, a national team championship in 8th grade, first place in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, and many other strong finishes at the state and national level.

“First class players lose to second class players because second class players sometimes play a first class chess game”

Mac was a full-time student at New York University, but academic studies did not slow down his chess career. He was invited to play in the World Junior Championship held in Yerevan, Armenia in 2007. Quickly becoming known for his daring, tactical games, he earned the title of International Master while still in college.  He continued to play professionally and moved to Arizona.  For several years he headed after-school programs and privately coached a wide range of players.  Mac continued to see personal success in his own career, achieving the grandmaster title.  Competing in prestigious tournaments such as the US Championship, With his coaching, students and school teams also saw enormous success!  Mac coached the World Youth Team in the UAEwhere one of his students won the Gold Medal with a nearly perfect score.

“That’s what Chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one”

In 2015 his school programs took 1st in the State Scholastic Championship in all divisions, grades K-1 through K-9.  He recently returned to his hometown, leaving Arizona with an even more thriving chess community than he had found there.  He is excited to continue teaching online and in-person chess lessons, playing and building a chess community in the area in which first learned to move the pieces.

We started offering online chess classes for groups. Group classes are an effective and affordable way to improve your game. We keep classes to a maximum of 10 students so we can ensure the best learning environment for all. A range of topics are covered, giving all students an opportunity to learn and improve their play. Instructors are some the USA’s top players. Make sure to register for group chess classes before they fill up!

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