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Sarah Hegarty - Chess Teacher.

Nurturing talent and ability, whilst still making learning chess fun.

My new married name is Sarah Longson but I will continue teaching under my maiden name; Sarah Hegarty.

Currently based in Cheadle but conduct a lot of teaching online via skype...


Having climbed the chess ladder myself from a young age I have an excellent knowledge of how to succeed at chess and a real passion for teaching!

Originally from Surrey I have played competitive chess since the age of 7 when I became UK U7 Girls Chess Champion. I then appeared on Blue Peter with the then current world chess Champion, Gary Kasparov. Years later I became the UK U18 Champion.

So what are the reasons to start playing chess, like me?


 A little more about me...

I have represented England at the World and European Chess Championships since the age of 10 and now I represent England at the Adult Chess Olympiads.


My most notable performance for England was when I scored 7.5/9 and was unbeaten at the 2010 Chess Olympiads in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. More recently I have taken a break from chess to pursue a career as a lawyer.

The future - I teach.

Once I finished law school I became British Ladies Chess Champion 2013, which just pushed my passion to the extreme. I have over 10 years coaching experience and have coached the England Junior Team at the European Schools Chess Championships in Prague 2012 and Serbia 2013 and at the World Championships in November 2015..


I will be coaching England’s top juniors at the World Chess Championships in Greece in later this year. I regularly coach 4 members of the England team via skype and have recently started coaching some talented young players in Cheshire.


I live in Cheshire  with my husband, Alex Longson who is a very strong chess player. I now teach chess to others - and hope to allow them to enjoy it as I do.  (July 2015)

Why should you learn to play Chess?

Improve concentration & memory


Achieve Critical thinking skills & cognitive function


Build your confidence & make new friends


Compete... Win trophies & awards


Travel the world and gain experiences


Learn healthy competitiveness


Boost your CV and develop a more analytical mind


And most importantly... Have lots of fun


Why not contact me to find out more?!

Sometimes speaking, whether face-to-face or over the phone can be the perfect way to reveal if Chess is the thing for you. Just click the button to the right....

My Qualifications & Experiences.

I am qualified as a Women's FIDE Chess Master & English Chess Federation Accredited Coach.

CRB Checked, and have a BSc in Chemistry and Law. (University of Bristol: 2:1).

Legal Practice Course: Achieved a Distinction.

 References are always available upon request.

Coached the England Junior Chess Team at the European Championships in Prague 2012 & Serbia 2013. Coached the England Team at the World Championships 2015.

Official English Chess Federation Coach for the ECF Academy; http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Academy_Prospectus.pdf - for England's most talented junior players.

I also coach four members of the England team regularly as well as county players and beginners.

10+ years experience in the field.


With the World Champion - Magnus Carlsen (Baku 2016)

Leif winning a prize at the Vienna Chess Competition for an excellent performance.





October 2016:

Leif Hafstad has just returned from Russia where he was representing England at the World Youth Championships.

September 2016:

This month I will be started a local junior chess club in Cheadle.

I have just returned from representing England at the World Chess Olympiad in Baku. It was my third Olympiad for England and a great experience to play alongside the strongest players in the world!

August 2016:

It has been a busy summer.....

British Championships

Congratulations to Laura Davidson who won the British U14 girls title (a year young). Joe Birks came 2nd= in the U9s ( a year young). Ethan Gardiner scored 4.5/6 in the U8 section narrowly missing out on 2nd place and Vedh Vinayak scored 3 in the U9 boys. I also achieved 2nd place in the British Women's Championship.

Gibraltar Junior Chess

Congratulations to Cassie Graham who came shared the U16 top girls prize at the Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival

Vienna Open

Congratulations to Leif Hafstad who won the U14 top boys prize at the Vienna Open and gained 152.8 rating points with a 1913 rating performance!

European Youth Chess Championships

Laura Davidson and Giulio Sahinoz  represented England at the European Youth Chess Championships in Prague.

July 2016:
I have just returned from coaching at the European Schools Chess Championships in Greece. It was a great event and my students all worked extremely hard!  Congratulations to Joe Birks who won the U8 Gigafinals with 6/6. Ethan Gardiner (U7) and Vedh Vinayak (U9) came 2nd in their respective age groups and qualified for the Challengers.

May 2016:
Please see below for Megafinal Successes! May has also been an exciting month for me as I have become the Director of Women's Chess in England; I am really hoping to make English chess a much better place for females. http://www.englishchess.org.uk/about/ecf-officials/

April 2016: 
Congratulations to Joe Birks (U8) and Laura Davidson (U13) for winning the English Youth Grand Prix! http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/play/english-youth-gp/ winning £100 and a place representing England at the World or European Youth Championships!

Well done to everyone who attended the English Chess Federation Academy Weekend in April; I was coaching and really enjoyed seeing so many talented, enthusiastic players! (http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Academy_Prospectus.pdf)

March 2016: Cheshire and North Wales and Lancashire continue to do well at county level with Lancashire U9s winning their zonal ahead of Nottingham!  Serjey Karjakin (Russia) won the Candidates Chess Tournamane and will challenge Magnus Carlen in New York in November

February 2016: Cheadle Hulme School took part in their first team competition at Bolton. They finished 5th and Ethan Gardiner was their top scorer and winner of a best game prize.  A great experience and the boys enjoyed themselves. This was the first competition for everyone apart from Ethan!

Over half term I ran some training camps which were great fun; it's great to have so many talented and enthusiastic young players!

I also did some training with the Cheshire and North Wales County Team followed by a simultaneous display.

Joe Birks became U8 West of England Champion with 6/6; a fantasic achievement!



February was also the month I got married to Alex Longson; a very strong chess player. Our wedding was chess themed and was attended by close friends and family including 2 Grandmasters and one international master.