"The chess world does not need another chess coach, it needs a better one" - IM Vitaly Neimer
Each student will be designed with a powerful chess program tailored for his needs.
Students can learn chess for fun or become chess professionals. The program encourages students to actively participate and explore all aspects of the chess game. While the focus on content is important, I encourage critical thinking, problem solving, thinking ahead, understanding other perspectives and developing persistence and determination.
Analysis of Tournament Games
After a student comes back from a tournament, the games are being thoughtfully analyzed. Based on this analysis, I gives suggestions on how to work further to get better results in the next tournaments.
Feedback and Suggestions
I send regular feedback and reports. These include training programs, report of student’s performance during sessions and suggestions for improvements.
Correct Thinking Process
It is vital to embrace a correct thinking process early in the stages of learning chess. I will teach the student how to construct his/her plans and moves correctly during the game in an efficient manner.
Chess Opening Theory
My goal is, to help the student understand the opening ideas, so they can profitably use them in their games. Each student has its own style of game, therefore it is necessary to tailor a specific opening repertoire for each personality.
Tactics and Puzzles
One of the world champions once said that chess is 99% tactics and I agree. Tactics and combinations are the basic building blocks to a chess game which need to be trained daily. Throughout the program, each student will receive puzzles to do during and after the lesson.
Strategy and Planning
During our sessions, the students will be mastering the evaluation of the chess positions, the setting of goals and long-term plans.
Throughout the program, we will transfer what we the student has learned to the chess board. Depending on the strength of the player, we will begin with the coach suggesting moves and explaining ideas. Our end result is to have the student play on their own with minimal assistance from the coach. We will always analyze the game move by move to see what improvements the student could make.
Each student will receive material in the form of homework. This will help the student practice the skills they need to become a great chess player. Homework may also come in the form of a PDF files or html pages. Homework gives additional examples of the themes or ideas learned in the session.
Chess Principles and Rules
Beginning chess players discover very quickly that learning how the pieces move is only the tip of the chess playing iceberg. It's usually after several moves of a typical chess game that the question arises, "What now?" Students will learn the must principles and rules they should play by.
An endgame is when there are only a few pieces left. The endgame has its own special rules and principles which are not to be ignored. We will study endgame theoretical positions, practice positions and explore many useful tips.
Visualization and Calculation
Quick calculation skills are necessary for timed games. I will teach the student the best methods and ways to improve their imagination for efficient move calculation.
Software and Technology
My goal as a coach is to introduce the student to the tools which will allow them to train themselves. Those tools include chess databases, engines, online training and playing.