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Hello! My name is John Bartholomew. I am a 28 year-old International Master (IM) from the United States. My USCF rating is 2555 and my FIDE rating is 2449 (April 2015). I graduated in May 2009 with my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas-Dallas. As of January 2011, I am a professional player and coach.
I am looking for serious students. Chess is a game that requires a lot of study and dedication. If you are willing to put in the necessary hours to improve, I promise that I will give you my full attention as a coach and mentor. My focus is on developing a strong student-instructor relationship that does not end simply because our weekly lesson is complete.
I typically conduct my online lessons using a combination of Skype + Chess.com or ICC (Internet Chess Club). I also give in-person lessons in Minnesota (St. Paul/Minneapolis area).
ATTN: I strongly encourage prospective students to view a three-part video series I made for Chess.com entitled "Sensing the Critical Moment" (part two and three). These videos and the associated comments give a very good indication of my teaching style and may help you decide whether I am the right coach for you.
In addition, you should definitely check out my YouTube channel! I have hundreds of free instructional videos there that are also representative of my teaching style.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries and rate requests.
Finally, here is a fun interview of me conducted in October 2012.