Testimonials
Read some reviews from happy students
Michael Gearing

"Les coached me for the better part of 10 years. He helped me to improve in many aspects of the game (openings, middlegame, endgame, planning, calculation, tactics, and more). I started out as an enthusiastic kid and through his tutelage went up the ranks to place several times in state and national tournaments. Les is thorough in his preparation and communicates complex strategy simply and clearly. His passion for the game is infectious and he opened up avenues for me to discover and enjoy the exquisite art and beauty of chess, for which I will always be grateful."

Brock McIntyre

"I am privileged to have been coached by Les both as a student of Toowoomba Grammar and later as an adult. Les uses a mix of established chess theory with modern theory to achieve a well-balanced approach that has and still is competitive in the wider Australian chess community. Under the tutelage of Les I have played representative chess in New Zealand in 2006 and placed 11th in the 2014 Queensland Championships. Importantly, Les instils a mentality of hard work, respect and dedication to the game and opponents. It is for this reason that Les remains such a high-quality coach."

Alex Miles

"I played chess from a young age with my father but my game went to another level due to what I was able to learn from Les. With Les we explored all aspects of how I played and the game itself focusing on areas where I need work. We went move by move though many of my games focusing on the ones that I lost so that I could learn. I played competitively for several years and while I don’t play competitively anymore, I still believe that exploring chess in detail helped me greatly especially at an early age. Chess is a great game to improve logical reasoning, memory, concentration and patience (I really needed this). More importantly, I still play socially and enjoy it greatly."

TGS Chess Workshop 2021
From the 14th April to the 16th April 2021, Toowoomba Grammar School hosted a 3 day intensive chess camp/workshop on their campus. Sixty five (65) top juniors (from the primary & secondary school sector) from around the Toowoomba district participated in the event. International master Gary Lane (former Australian/Commonwealth/Oceanic champion & author) along with local professional chess coach Les Lord (& 2 junior coaches) teamed up on behalf of the Toowoomba Grammar School to coach and train these juniors over the 3 day period. The juniors did a combination of comprehensive chess lessons, tournament games, and participated in a "simul" during the course of the chess camp/workshop. Due to the success of the chess camp, it is expected to be an annual event.
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