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Founded by NM Ian Harris, RedBandit Chess is a company providing a variety of chess related services, including private classes/lessons, school programs, and tournament services.  


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Private classes or lessons are typically held online using Zoom.  In some cases lessons can be held in-person.  Adult only classes that run for 6-8 weeks at a time run periodically throughout the year. 


1-on-1 Private Lessons: $100/hour

Group Classes: Rates Vary

*A convenience fee may apply to in-person lessons

**Cancellation Policy:  No charge for lessons cancelled at least one day in advance.  50% charge for same day cancellations.  No show lessons will be charged the full price for the lesson. 


NEXT EVENT: RedBandit Chess Scholastic Tournament - Saturday, March 25th! - DETAILS

Scholastic Programs

RedBandit Chess seeks to partner with schools, libraries and other community organizations to bring the many benefits of chess to their students.  Over the years NM Ian Harris has worked with dozens of organizations and thousands of students.  Programs include instructional and play time, and can be customized to the needs of the organization.  RedBandit Chess in-person scholastic classes are available in Fairfield County, CT.  

School Programs

Events & Tournaments

RedBandit Chess produces aims to produce events of the highest standards.  One unique feature of our upcoming scholastic series (right) is that parents of children in grades 2 - 8 may drop off their children at the event!  We will provide plenty of staffing and supervision of players between rounds.  

These four upcoming scholastic tournaments feature an incredible venue for chess at the Chess Club of Fairfield County, discounts for siblings, and a special gift for anyone that registers for three or more events!  Click on an event for more details.

Upcoming RedBandit Chess Events

RedBandit Chess Scholastic

Saturday, March 25th


RedBandit Chess Scholastic
Saturday, April 29th

RedBandit Chess Scholastic

Saturday, May 20th

RedBandit Chess Scholastic

Saturday, June 17th

Partner with RedBandit Chess to run a smooth and high class scholastic or open tournament!  


  • Senior TD (USCF Certified)

  • Over 570 tournaments directed including multiple state championships

  • DGT Board Expert

Upcoming Affiliated Events

2023 CT Speed Chess Championships

Saturday, Feb. 11th


Sunday, Feb. 12th

2023 CT Scholastic TEAM Championships

Saturday, Mar. 4th

Norwalk Knights Spring Championship
Saturday, Mar. 18th

Basic TD Service includes: 

  • Providing all necessary equipment for generating and posting pairings/results.  

  • Monitoring of the event for fair play and conflict resolution

  • Consultation on event format & details

  • Sets and clocks (limited supply)

  • Promotion through RBC emails and social media

  • Submission of rating reports

Additional Services Upon Request: 

  • US Chess Federation targeted email announcements

  • Online registration through RBC website

  • DGT Boards (4) for local and online display of top games.  Stream them live to viewing screens, your personal website, and/or online to and

  • Giant Chess Set & Board

Available Services


Where to find me?!

Free weekly Twitch stream with my student Omar "ChessVonDoom" Mills.  We stream most Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST.


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Contact Info

(203) 981-7252

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About Me


Ian Harris

National Chess Master
(Peak USCF 2364)

Professional coach with 12 years of experience

Senior Tournament Director (USCF Certified)

CT State Chess Assoc.
Coach of the Year

Red Bandit Chess
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