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IM Stupavsky Zdenko

Target Students:

All Skill Levels

Service Description Price
E-mail Game Analysis Done by e-mail, $10 per game $10.00
1h Session Online coaching $20.00
1h Opening Lesson Teaching openings $25.00

About Me:



IM Stupavsky at your service Smile


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I’m an inactive player, but I’m really fond of a chess coaching. Coaching is an enjoyable experience, and every coach has a different system of teaching, so naturally, over time, I’ve developed my own system that is based on playing training games. I play against my students a lot, and I provide them with information during training games, not after the games. So, when a student commits a mistake, I start challenging student’s views by asking questions, and, by doing so, I slowly guide the student to the right solution. The questions help me to find leaks in student’s thinking process and understanding thus I will have an easy time identifying, and curing weak spots. If I spot a huge leak then I will create a program to eliminate that problem.


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I'm an opening specialist and I can teach the following openings:


- White:


  • English Opening 1.c4 - Pretty much every single reply, Botvinnik System, Symmetry, Reversed Dragon, Reversed Grand Prix Attack etc.
  • 1.e4 - Italian ( Max-Langels Attack, Hungarian Defence, 4.d3 lines, Evans Gambit included ), Scandinavian, Pirc, Caro-Kann, French, Alekhine etc. If you are interested in Sicilian then I can teach you Alapin variation and Fiachetto lines ( g3 systems ) as a reliable reply to every system.


- Black:


  • Against 1.d4 I can help you with King's Indian, Benoni, Chigorin.
  • Against 1.e4 I can help with Sicilians ( especially Najdorf, Dragon, Accelerated Dragon, Scheveningen, 2..g6 systems ) and French.


My opening files:


- French:


  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7
  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7
  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6


- HyperAccelerated Dragon:


  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.dxc5
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.d5
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c3
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c4
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Nc3


- Chigorin:


  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.cxd5
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.e3
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3


- KID's and Benoni's Structures:


  • Mar-del-Plata
  • Plans with g4 for White
  • Symmetry
  • Fiachetto King’s Indian Structure
  • 4 Pawns Attack ( without d5 and with d5 leading to Benoni )
  • Sämisch-like Benoni Structure
  • Fiachetto Benoni Structure
  • c4-e4 vs d6 Structure


- King's Indian:


  • Sämisch Variation ( both 6.Be3 and 6.Bg5 )
  • Classical Variation
  • Fiachetto Variation
  • Averbakh Variation
  • 5.h3 Variation
  • 4 Pawns Variation and its deviations


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So, I have a lot to offer, and I can surely help you to become a stronger player. I particularly emphisise the importance of pawn structures; if you want to make progress, you must understand typical plans, and common pawn structures. I want my student to understand, that’s my main goal. Student will get material in a written format too, so one will have something to refresh your memory with.


I charge $20/h unless we do opening lessons, in that case I charge $25/h.


  • 3 weeks ago


    Stu is a great coach. He has been able to change the way I look at the game and evaluate positions and I now see many other consequences and advantages of playing different moves in different positions. Without a doubt my understanding of the game is deeper than it would be without his advice and the game analysis he provides is very thorough and in depth and includes all of the ideas behind the move recommendations. My game has improved tremendously through his coaching.

  • 6 weeks ago


    My Chess has improved magnitudes since studying with Stu, he's concise (no-nonsense) with his teaching, and finds the best level of study for you (and tells you where you're going wrong; something which has been incredibly beneficial). He also has a good sense of humour, which makes remembering his advice very easy, and his book recommendations have been invaluable. I'd definitely recommend Stu as a Coach.

  • 9 weeks ago


    I have had several lessons with IM Stupavsky, sometimes chess theory and sometimes games analysis. In all lessons I have found his explanations to be clear and that he gives thorough answers to my questions. In addition he has taught me things I have not found in any book. I am happy to recommend him as a chess coach.

  • 2 months ago


    I've learned a lot with my training session with IM Stupavsky. He is really fun to study with. He really gives a good lesson (KID against london) which almost explain everything on how to play with equality and eventually for advantage for each variations. Really good teacher/coach.

  • 5 months ago


    Definetely I recomend Stu.He is able to find the level of explanation that the student needs and to find what the student needs to learn

  • 5 months ago


    Another great class with STU.Besides being clear and having a good way of teaching, he reveled a good hability of FINDING what I need to learn and teached a lot during some games that we played together.

    I recomend to everyone!

  • 6 months ago


    Did my first class with STU and my experience was amazing.Good speach pace, lots of tips and made it quite clear how I could have won 3 games that I had lost

  • 6 months ago


    salutation, stupavsky!  my name is matthew french. i may not have a very impressive rating at the moment (fluctuates between 1500 and 1600 blitz), but i'm eager to learn the game better and improve my play. chess is something of an addiction for me: i like to come home after work and lounge from the couch studying past games and reading up on my favorite players. it's something i would eventually love to get a title in (this is something i'm determined to accomplish), so please believe me when i say i take it seriously and i'd love all the guidance i can possibly get. as i live in windsor, ontario (the unemployment capital of canada, basically) i don't get a lot of hours at my job, but i could still pay . i would be a very dedicated student - as i said, i spend a lot of time actively pursuing the game. i'm prepared to spend hours upon hours daily on bettering my game. 

  • 6 months ago


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  • 12 months ago


    I have just started taking lessons from IM 'Stu' Stupavsky Zdenko. At the moment, he is teaching me the English Opening. First off, he examined some of my own games where I played the English. He then made tremendously helpful recommendations of where I went wrong in the opening and in the ensuing middle game. Coach Stu not only teaches theory, but he also explains the reason behind the moves. The lessons are very reasonably prized. He speaks english fluently, and he communicates very clearly. I give Coach Stu my highest recommendation. 

  • 22 months ago


    I've taken a few lessons from IM Stupavsky and I will continue to take many more.  He is very professional and provides a well balanced approach of master instruction, student thought, and gentle critique.  IM Stupavsky is concerned about your thoughts and feelings on positions and games of instruction.  He is able to dive into your mind and see inconsistencies in your thought process through feedback you provide.  When I have a miscalculation of a tactical nature, he is always courteous and careful to go over the mistake in question to my satisfaction.  I feel like I have grown by understanding plans and subtle positional nuances.  I am better able to weave tactical justifications of plans based on the features of the position.  Conversely, by appreciating the clarity in positions through strategy, I find myself not needing a tactical justification in some positions.  He blends these two fundamental aspects very well.  In addition, his 2 hour opening package is outstanding.  I was riveted the entire time.  I am still a new student of his and we have many more avenues to explore such as endgames, visualization,  and I look forward to his guidance.

  • 24 months ago


    I've trained and continue training with IM Stupavsky, and he is amazing!  His explanations are very clear and his lessons have helped me improve my game quite a lot!  I'd highly suggest anyone who's looking to improve their game at an extremely affordable price to consider IM Stupavsky for their primary chess coach!

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