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Valentin Razmov

Target Students:

Beginner (1000-1400), Tournament Level (1400-1800), Advanced (1800-2000), Expert (2000+)


Service Description Price
Discount for 1st-time students: A turn-based coaching game with ongoing analysis and rich discussion We play an unrated coaching game, 3-5 days per move (or faster, if student desires so), and we discuss strategies, tactics, and plans for each move during the game -- the way an expert player would consider those aspects in his/her thinking $15.00
A turn-based coaching game with ongoing analysis and rich discussions We play an unrated coaching game, 3-5 days per move (or faster, if student desires so), and we discuss strategies, tactics, and plans for each move during the game -- the way an expert player would consider those aspects in his/her thinking $20.00
Discount on two (2) turn-based coaching games A discounted offer on two turn-based coaching games. You can use both games yourself, or you can play one and give a gift to a friend of yours for the other $30.00
1-hour session of rapid/live game(s) with after-game analyses We play rapid/blitz games live (at a pre-arranged time) for 1 hour, using some of that time to discuss briefly after each game $10.00
Brief diagnostic of your chess strengths and weaknesses, and overall recommendations I perform brief analysis of two (2) of your own chosen games, and offer overall recommendations for areas where your focus on improving would be most needed $5.00

About Me:

If you're serious about improving your chess skills, and if your current rating is less than FIDE 2000, USCF 2100, or chess.com 2300, I likely have things I can teach you and would love to work with you.  
Motivation is key to high accomplishment in any field, so if you're motivated to grow your skill set, I am motivated to work with you!

 

Who am I and what you can expect: 

I am rated in or near the top-300 active players on chess.com, within the 2350-2550 rating range on chess.com for over 3 years.  
I play unrated individual coaching games with a number of students, and have experience successfully teaching chess as well as other technical subjects (e.g., in a college setting).  
Feel free to ask my students here on chess.com how they feel about what they are receiving from the learning interactions with me.  You're welcome to join in at any time, too!

 

Coaching approach that works well for my students:

One productive mode of teaching chess that I use is by discussing strategies, tactics, and ideas literally while we play (not only after a game is over), on each move -- as a way to learn by doing in a real setting, effectively simulating how a strong player thinks.  
Here's literally what it looks like -- a full transcript from an actual coaching game with a student of minehttp://blog.chess.com/_valentin_/a-sample-coaching-game-with-a-student

If you like this and wish to experience it, please talk to me.  
The end result of a learning game matters little; the positive learning experience of a student matters a lot.

 

It's fun to learn that way too, and students receive a lot of personalized insights that they can apply to their own experience, and that are applicable to various stages of chess play (opening, middlegame, endgame).

 

You can also visit my blog for some thought provoking, and chess play-enhancing, articles I post.  Not too many, and all worth every bit of their content!

Welcome!

Comments


  • 22 months ago

    Tearsup

    can we play a game now please i really wanne see how i mess up to a pro i play for some months now but ai ja jaaaaai i mess up reel good ... kind regards 

  • 2 years ago

    jason1

    hi im new to chess  but i lmow the basic  i woiuld love tolearn more

  • 3 years ago

    mithilonline

    i seem to be losing a lot.. i hope u can help

  • 3 years ago

    _valentin_

    Yes, I always welcome prospective students who are serious about improving their skills.  Please send me a private message and we can discuss what your interests are, and how I may be able to help you.

  • 3 years ago

    VampireD27

    can i be your student/apprentice?.. i want to improve my chess at your fingertips.. 

  • 3 years ago

    torngaq

    Здравствуйте, а сколько вы просите денег за занятие?

  • 3 years ago

    DeepNinja

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  • 4 years ago

    IM Kacparov

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  • 4 years ago

    _valentin_

    To be a successful coach, one does not need to be above the level of the trainee.  More often than not, trainees surpass their coaches in some aspects very quickly, which is a true joy for a coach to behold and for a trainee to experience as growth.  Ultimately, it's the choice of the person who wants to be coached to pick a teacher they can trust, who has important lessons to teach them.  This is a very personal choice.

  • 4 years ago

    IM Kacparov

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  • 4 years ago

    _valentin_

    I am not sure I understand your question, Kacparov!  Would you clarify?

    I want to coach people who want to be coached and who are interested in advancing their knowledge while working with someone who is experienced at coaching in a variety of domains, including but not limited to chess. 

    From knowing my own appoximate relative strength (in FIDE rating), as pointed out in the main text, I believe that I can be beneficial to people who are near or below that rating.

  • 4 years ago

    IM Kacparov

    I don't understand, why do you want to coach people much better than you?

  • 4 years ago

    _valentin_

    Thank you for asking! 

    I always recommend that we do a free trial coaching "session" -- mostly for you to see if my coaching can meet your needs.  Then, based on how valuable I am (and can be) to you, you can decide what you are prepared to spend on improving your chess.  I am flexible.

    I would suggest the following specific approach to start with:

    • You and I play a game or two, perhaps even a rapid game, to see what level you are presently, and where you need to learn the most in order to improve meaningfully in your play.
    • If you have specific recent games that you want me to go over with you, and suggest improvements to your play (and other relevant comments), I can do that too.
    • If you have areas you already know you want to work on improving in your play, let me know what those are, and I can focus there with higher priority.

    I will send you a private message, to arrange how/when we can play together.

  • 4 years ago

    whittalboy

    I want to learn how to play chess,

    how much do i need to pay to learn from you??

  • 4 years ago

    _valentin_

    I don't have a USCF rating, because I've never played in over-the-board tournaments in US.  I did play in such tournaments a long time ago in Bulgaria (my native country) where I trained with a team, and my rating then was the equivalent of what corresponds to FIDE 1900-2000.

    My sense is that I've become a somewhat stronger player since, but likely not too much stronger.  That is evidenced by anecdotal results I've had recently playing with titled players in rapid OTB games.

  • 5 years ago

    mind_2048

    Hey, I just wanted to say I learnt a lot from your thinking!

  • 5 years ago

    wilt18

    Oh ok Thanks! Just wondering.

  • 5 years ago

    _valentin_

    Thanks for asking, wilt18!  Yes, I presently am playing on those two vote chess games as well -- on the side of Anand in one, and (obviously) on the side of chess.com in the other. 

    I didn't mention those two in my list above, because they are likely not of a recurring type, but if they turn out to be so, I'll list them as well.

  • 5 years ago

    wilt18

    Hey Valentin are you also playing in the Anand game and the Pogninia vs Chess.com game?

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