Your question about Internet versus face-to-face lessons is especially meaningful in today’s chess environment. The Internet Chess Club (Editor's Note: The Internet Chess Club's sister service, World Chess Live (WCL) has recently partnered with the USCF, and now offers free six-month memberships to USCF members.) has excellent tools for chessboard communication and Skype eliminates the expense of long-distance calls. An abundance of teaching talent can be found on the ICC, reducing the disadvantages of living outside the chess hotbeds. I can recommend lessons over the Internet for teens and adults.
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