New to Chess ( <1000), Beginner (1000-1400), Tournament Level (1400-1800)
|1 hour private lesson
||60 minute private lesson with specific training plans tailored to your needs
|90 minute private lesson (recommended)
||90 minute private lesson / training session for any playing strength
|1 hour of blitz games
||1 hour of blitz / bullet games followed by brief analysis
|10 hours of private lessons
||10 hours of training sessions, split up however you like! If you want to train for one hour one day, and 9 hours the next that is fine! Can be spread out however you prefer :)
I have been a chess teacher for over 14 years. I am currently employed as a trainer for the Chess Emporium located in Phoenix, AZ. I specialize in teaching students rated between the 1200-1800 skill range (regardless of age), emphasizing strong positional foundations.
I particularly enjoy helping an individual build their opening repertoire, but I can also facilitate growth in EVERY aspect of the game. Needless to say, my focus as a coach will depend on your personal needs.
As a scholastic player/young adult I took lessons with GM Kaidanov and GM Wojtkiewicz, and have also had the pleasure of working with GM Yermolinsky and IM Daniel Fernandez. I have many chess accomplishments. Among my best results were:
-1st Place K-12 section of the 1997 Pan-American Intercollegiate championships
-6th Place 1998 National High School Championships (JV section)
-2nd place in the 1999 All-America Cup blitz tournament
-Multiple state championships (KY) 1997-2000
-Most recently, 1st place in the 2011 US Amateur West blitz tournament.
English is my native language. I have very flexible hourly rates, and my rates are negotiable for younger players. Feel free to contact me with any questions :)