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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 Online Chess Coaching Currently Not Available $80.00
1 Hour Online Group Lecture - Small Groups A one-hour online lecture for schools, clubs, or any other organization with 20 or fewer attendees. Contact me if you're interested. $200.00
1 Hour Online Group Lecture - Large Groups A one-hour online lecture for schools, clubs, or any other organization with more than 20 attendees. Rate negotiable. Contact me if you're interested. $400.00
30-Minute Chess Video Designed for schools, clubs, businesses, or any other chess organizations. I will design and record a 30-minute instructional chess video on the buyer's desired topic. Along with video, the buyer will receive reproduction, redistribution, and resell right $200.00
1-Hour Chess Business/Organization Consultation An hour of consultation over phone or Skype. Good for growing chess businesses, academies, clubs, etc. $100.00
20 Minute Chess Coaching and Guidance 20 minutes of chess coaching and guidance. $30.00

About Me:

Welcome to my coaching profile!

I am officially Chess.com's #1-selling chess coach with over seven years of experience teaching youth, teens, and adults internationally.

Experience, Credentials, and Accomplishments:

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

- Coeur d'Alene City Chess Champion 2010-2011

- 2010 Eastern Washington Open Co-Champion

- USCF Certified Tournament Director

- Chess.com Chess Mentor Author

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

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

- Chief organizer for the world's first-ever online chess camp featuring 2012 Vice World Champion Grandmaster Boris Gelfand.

- President and Manager of Chess.com University, the leading chess-teaching organization in the world, and CEO of operating entity Chess University, Inc.

- Founder of tutoring start-up, Pacific Northwest Tutoring.

- Founder at Kairav Enterprises, LLC

- CEO of Chess University, Inc.

- Successful educator and entrepreneur.


I am not accepting new students for one-on-one coaching but I am available for private group coaching.I strongly recommend studying in Chess.com University. These days, I primary teach and run camps, events, and chess-learning programs in Chess.com University.

Recently, Chess.com University launched the world's best chess-learning program - the Prodigy Program. This program is the first of its kind and I strongly recommend it to all players wanting to improve at chess. Follow the link below to learn more about the Prodigy Program:


I don't have much time for one-on-one students right now but if you are interested in taking a lesson, feel free to message me on Chess.com. If I am unable to teach you myself, I will provide recommendations for other coaches or recommend a Chess.com University course or program that would be most useful for you.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a lesson, please message me on Chess.com or send me an email at kairavjoshi@chess.com.


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




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Kairav Joshi


  • 3 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.

  • 3 years ago




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

  • 3 years ago


    I think I played in a Spokane tournament which was during the same weekeend as Boise Champs.

    Boise is a bit far but I'll come down there and compete in the next year or two.

  • 3 years ago


    Why didn't you play in the Idaho State Championship?  

  • 4 years ago


    I hear that it is 2-1 in rated OTB play, but 2-2 in tournament play when you include this little gem. I also understand that your rapid improvement after that game helps explain why you have become a skilled coach.


  • 4 years ago


    Awsome coach:) Recommended!

  • 4 years ago


    I wonder where you heard that! Who tells you these things ziryab?

    Did you also hear that the overall score is still 2 - 1 favoring me? :)

    You saw the game where I got his free queen right?

  • 4 years ago


    I think that 1869 player might have played 16...Be7. But, the critical mistake must have been several moves earlier. I think Black was a bit ambitious. I hear that he did better the next time you played him. Wink

    Nice game by White!

  • 4 years ago


    How does one go about getting an official USCF and/or FIDE rating?

  • 4 years ago


    Chess.com's #1 rated coach for reason guys!!!! In my first lessons I have already greatly approved my endgame and learned important principles. I used to play Tawny (the student who posted below me) and win most of our games. Now, I'm LUCKY to win one. That was enough proof for me to spend the money and take my first lesson. Dont worry about the price, because the way i see it, you could go spend 15 dollars on a book and learn a fraction of what you will learn in one hour with GenuisKJ. 

    I take lessons in person from my local chess club's expert. He doesnt teach me as effectively as KJ does through a chat box. That takes talent, and trust me, he's got it plenty. He knows his stuff and delivers with professional enthusiasm that is easy and fun to learn. 


    If you are looking for a way to improve your game and raise your rating, look NO further because you have arrived. Thank you KJ!

  • 4 years ago


    I'd like to add my comment and express my appreciation for a very gifted chess coach - Kairav (GeniusKJ) who has been coaching me for several months now. I always look forward to our 1 hour live sessions - knowing that it will be jam packed with lots of cool chess moves, neat tactical ideas, and an abundance of chess principles and strategies - all designed to make me a better chess player!

    The lessons (I've had 5 so far) are always professionally structured and well organized (on par with a college course). The homework assignments (chess mentors and video's) strengthen my understanding of the material discussed and also reinforces the concepts presented during the lesson. 

    My present situation regretfully only allows me to take a lesson every 2 weeks - but seriously - I have learned more in the last 3 month's studying with GeniusKJ than I have in years. The benifit of studying with a skilled, motivated chess coach (with an obvious passion and love for the game) has helped me immensely - and has motivated me to study and learn a lot more! Without a doubt - the enthusiasm, knowledge of the game and sense of humor that Kairav demonstrates during the lesson has motivated me to devote as much time as I possibly can to my chess studies.  I would highly recommend this gifted chess instructor for anyone serous about  learning chess.  For myself, all I can say is that it's been truly awesome! Cool

  • 4 years ago


    You've done a lot with me and it's improved my understanding of openings( such as sicilian and king's gambit), development and initiative, rook endgames, opposition.  also my tactics have improved with your coaching. All this is over the course of 6 months approximately.   For what I'm getting, I would pay 100 dollars per hour.  I will be happy to continue working with you.  I've increased in strength too, I started as a 100 or so strength on chess.com when we started and now I'm 1300. 

  • 4 years ago


    your coaching has changed my way of thinking and made me stronger to beat better players and even to not make so many blunders.

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    I found the coaching sessions with Kairav very useful in gaining better understanding of the game. While there are many chess courses on chess.com, having a coach who would guide me in learning chess proved to be invaluable. As an added bonus, Kairav invites his students to join Kairav Chess Academy where there are other resources including a free lesson on Sicilian Najdorf Defence which I found well-presented and very useful in learning this important opening. Having already taken three lessons with kairav, I would highly recommend him for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of chess.

  • 4 years ago


    Our lessons keep getting better and better. I'm looking forward to learning more.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm still in the 1200s but I am gaining so much from your teaching and every note that I take is a step to achieving my goal.  For this, I would like to say that I appreciate this teaching and despite the difficulties of the mail in Canada at this moment, I am happy that you will be patient enough during the time of receipt to receive it.

  • 4 years ago


    Excellent teaching at a reasonable rating. The weekly homework really helps give me something to work on. Rather than spending hours of work on something that isn't improving my game, I have specific things to go over. Highly recommended.

  • 4 years ago


    I usually play blitz, current at the 1300-1400 level. Over the  past month or so Kairav fixed some of my more glaring weaknesses and has given me a far greater understanding and appreciation of the game. He has a good sense of humor and is very active and accessible on the site. Note: "for best results" you actually have to do homework once in a while.

  • 4 years ago


    I needed a coach to improve my chess game. I've found is Kairav ​​Coach. Difficult things to understand are now much easier. Thanks Coach

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