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Kairav Joshi

Target Students:

New to Chess ( <1000), Beginner (1000-1400), Tournament Level (1400-1800), Advanced (1800-2000)

Service Description Price
1 Hour of Live Chess Coaching. The student will receive 1 hour of live coaching in chess.com live chess. $30.00
90-Minute Live Chess Coaching Same as above except the student gets 90 minutes. $45.00
Premier 1 Month Course Do you want to improve at chess asap? Do you have free time this month? This 1 month crash course is for you! This includes 8 one-hour live lessons, 2 one-hour game analysis sessions, 5 correspondence training games, and homework plan for 1 month $270.00
Chess Diagnosis Want to work on chess improvement yourself but don't know what you need to study? In this 90 minute session you will learn what's wrong with your chess and how to improve by yourself! Book recommendations will be given as well as advice on self-study $45.00
Premier 3 Month Course For serious students only. This package includes 20 1-hour lessons and 5 correspondence training games. Homework plan for 3 months provided to students. $550.00

About Me:

I have been teaching chess to youth, teens, and adults internationally for 5 years. Over the last few years, I have established myself as Chess.com's #1-selling chess coach.


I have been inactive in over-the-board chess lately but plan on getting back to it soon. I would like to earn a chess master title in the near future. I am qualified to teach chess to those rated between 0 and 1800 USCF/FIDE.


Here are a few credentials and accomplishments:


- Founder and President of Coeur d'Alene Chess Club (2010-2011)


- Coeur d'Alene Chess Champion 2010-2011


- USCF Certified Tournament Director


- Chess.com Chess Mentor Author


- President of Chess.com University


- Instructor of Chess.com University's best-selling Chess 012, Chess 013, and Chess 014 courses.


- Chess coach of World Youth Chess Championship 2013 contender Rowan James


- Founder of A+ Tutoring in Moscow, ID


How to online lessons work?


I teach chess online using Skype along with the analysis board in Chess.com’s Live Chess server. Lesson topics are often pre-determined and may include game analysis, instruction on a specific topic, and training for improving chess skills.


The best way to learn is from your mistakes so I decide what to teach to a give student based on his/her recent slow games. When analyzing students’ games, I pinpoint reoccurring mistakes and instruct based on what I believe is best for the student. I create a well-balanced lesson plan for regular students and help them improve all aspects of their chess. Additionally, I create opening repertoires for advanced students. Of course, if a given student wants to learn something specific, such as a particular opening or a defense, I will gladly teach that!


I am a flexible and versatile chess coach. I will teach the way the student wants to be taught.


My hourly rate for chess coaching is $30 for new students. These days my time is limited and I primary teach group lessons and chess classes.


Hourly group rates are $15/person for small groups and $10/person for groups with at least 10 students.


If you have any questions or would like to schedule a lesson, please message me on Chess.com.


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Here are two of my USCF rated tournament games against strong opponents:




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  • 4 months ago


    Kairav is a great instructor. He is very friendly and knowledgable. I would highly reccomend him for any beginning players looking for a coach.

  • 7 months ago


    I sent you a message on chess.com. You may register for Chess 013.

  • 7 months ago



    Is anyone interested in answering my question re 013??

  • 7 months ago


    I'll see what I can do, James.

  • 7 months ago


    KJ, Could you set it so that I don't get messages every day about classes pitched to players rated 500 Elo below me?

  • 7 months ago



    I have just read the blog on chess 013 and am interested.   I am new to chess .com and unrated.   I did olay ches at niversity in Ireland and was a member of the university chess club.  I have been away from the game for quite some years now but want to get beck.  Would 013 be beneficial to me and how do I get into the programe??.  The blog mentions Pay Pal.  I can open an account and put money in there but I do not know how long it takes.  Help.  Chuchuileann

  • 7 months ago


  • 8 months ago


    Mr Joshi, I just wanted u to know that although aawwwwratsack claims to be the big baller of chess.com, you're #1 in my book XOXO. He's a meanie-head lacking hair. I know you don't sleep all that much and I just hope it's unrelated to Kojak's bold claims of his ninja-like knight moves or his general athletic ability. Chess is more than just his ability to play up to 15/0 without a single food break or rest.

  • 9 months ago


    25$/h nice

  • 10 months ago

    FM chesskingdreamer

  • 10 months ago

    FM chesskingdreamer

    what in the world is your rating????

  • 11 months ago


    I play otb the first game was a mis-played caro-kan (I spell bad)

    my otb ply is both sides have 90 minutes.I have slow games we can examine?

  • 17 months ago


  • 17 months ago


    I really appreciated your guidance. I liked how passionate, dedicated and focus you have been. I found your advices extremly sharp and i will certainly call for you again in the future. Thank you

  • 17 months ago


    The lessons I've had with Kairav Joshi (GeniusKJ) have been excellent. He has been great at focusing my attention on areas I need to work on and his lessons are always well organized, with clear goals set. As we moved through each lesson he would constantly make sure I was keeping up and understanding how the move or tactical idea related to the strategy or goal we were focused on. When we picked up the next week he'd straight away check that I'd really understood the last lesson (and also that I'd done my homework). He is an excellent chess coach and I'm looking forward to seeing how much better I can get with his guidance.

  • 17 months ago


  • 18 months ago


    Very nice, i wouldnt mind a lesson, im also in idaho, Coeur d'Alene area.

  • 2 years ago


    Grade A coach, 

    He has his methods down pat and can really help you improve.

  • 2 years ago


    genius can i have 2hours for 25 cause im new at this plus i have to search for things to n that will take all of my time up plus if u tell no 1 i want ill even tell u while covering my mouth so no1 can see.

  • 2 years ago




    I beg to differ on the definition of that word, haha.

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