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IM Valeri Lilov

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Service Description Price
30-Minute Trial Private Online Lesson (with Video Recording) This is a one-time discounted option for everyone who wants to try my online lessons with video recording. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $25.00
One-Hour Private Online Lesson (with Video Recording) First lesson comes with a free highly personalized training program based on student's background, style of play, psychology, and learning preferences. ORDER NOW $59.00
Two-Hour Private Online Lesson (with Video Recording) Free personalized chess training program included with first lesson. Homework assignment is included. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $118.00
Online Lessons with Video Recording Package (Video & Annotation Files) First lesson comes with a free highly personalized training program based on student's background, style of play, psychology, and learning preferences. ORDER NOW $325.00
One-Hour Private Online Lesson (without Recording) Free personalized chess training program included with first lesson. No lesson recording. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $53.00
In-Depth Game Annotation This is a 20-minute instructive video lecture on your game of choice. It will provide you an in-depth analysis of your game move by move and as a whole. BUY NOW $16.00
One-Hour Personalized Video Lecture If your schedule is not flexible and you can’t arrange private online lessons easily, these personalized video lectures are for you! CLICK HERE TO ORDER $50.00
Personalized Self-Study Training Program The program provides personalized advice and recommendations for improving students’ self-study habits and optimizing their chess training at home. ORDER NOW $59.00
One-Hour Training Game with Instant Analysis This is a competitive online training game with plenty of time to think on every move. Test your knowledge and skills against a 2400+ rated player! ORDER NOW $55.00
30-minute Rapid/Blitz Sparring (from 3 to 20 min. games) This is a Rapid/Blitz match, accompanied by live analysis. It's a great way to improve your chess while having fun! ORDER NOW $52.00
Personalized Training Package It includes a special recorded lecture, thematic homework assignment, additional training materials, and 24/7 online support. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $29.00

About Me:

I am a 23-year-old International Master and professional chess coach. My FIDE rating is 2438 and I have two IM norms. In addition to giving high quality private lessons, I work as professional lecturer for many popular sites, including Chess.com, ICC, ChessBase, ChessLecture.com, and ChessCube.com. I have extensive knowledge of openings, typical middlegame positions, endgame planning, competitive chess psychology, and many others. Furthermore, I use a new flexible method of teaching that allows each of my students to receive the most important skills they need for the moment to excel in tournaments and casual games, while correctly improving their chess. I believe chess is a good way for anyone to strengthen their character, learn how to make important decisions for limited time, or just have a lot of fun. I welcome you as my student and will do my best to assist you within hours of contacting me! Below, I have included more detailed information on my training methods and services I provide to everyone interested in training with me!

A Personalized Approach to Training...

On this page, as well as on TigerLilov.com, I offer a number of services that my students use to boast their chess training and improve their general playing strength. For each of my new students, I prepare a free personalized chess training program which serves as the main guide for me on how and what to teach this student at any given point, so that s/he improves visibly and steadily over the course of our training. This personalized training program is based on my student’s chess background, sample games, strengths and weaknesses, as well as style and level of play, chess psychology, and learning preferences among many others. When new students enrol to take online lessons with me, I first collect and analyze all the information and sample games they submit via e-mail before I build their personalized training programs and make important decisions on the course of study we are to take, so that we observe the best results and highest performance over the board.

There IS such thing as free training...

While my students work on their personalized training programs with me, they are entitled and often swarmed with a number of free services and complementary training materials I am always happy to provide for free. Being quite ambitious myself, I believe in achieving the desired results rather than performing my job alone. When I teach a student that aspires to improve and does so much to achieve their dream of becoming a master, I want to help them get closer to their goal faster. Here are some of the services I do for free every day:


  • Free Personalized Chess Training Programs for anyone interested in training with me


  • Free Opening Repertoire Screenings


  • Free Recent Games Reviews and Analyses via e-mail


  • Free Thematic Homework Assignments after every lesson


  • Free Bonus Lectures and Training Videos sent by request or whenever I believe a student needs to work more on a given area


  • Free 24/7 Online Support (Skype, E-mail, & Chess.com) for anyone having questions on their chess training and practice, upcoming tournaments and tough matches, recent games and training exercises, or anything chess-related that I can help my students with


  • Free Complementary Training Materials to each of my regular students depending on their training program needs and objectives

Training Focused on Problem Areas...

I am happy to provide training to anyone based on their problem areas in chess. Here is only a short list of the most common topics I cover with my students:


  • Building (or Improving) a Complete Opening Repertoire for White and Black based on Student’s Personal Style of Play and Strengths and Weaknesses


  • Creating an Opening Outline for Smooth Piece Development in Unfamiliar Openings

  • Improving Planning and Evaluation Skills for Better Middlegame Play

  • Mastering Piece Coordination Allowing our Pieces to Interact Successfully and Support our Plan

  • Understanding Middlegame Strategy and Developing a Positional "Sense"


  • Preparing and Leading a Successful Attack


  • Using Prophylaxis and Prevention of Opponent’s Plans and Threats


  • Rediscovering Defense as a Powerful Tool for Saving Hopeless Games


  • Improving Tactical Vision and Calculation Ability


  • Boasting Positional Play and Developing the Right Habits for Quiet Positions


  • Understanding Theoretical and Practical Endgames


  • Correctly Prioritizing Important Chess Principles during a Practical Chess Game


  • 8 days ago


    Just had my first lesson.  I liked the way he immediately zoomed in on a problem which I sort of knew at the back of my mind but I'm now going to be very mindful of!  Can't wait for the 2nd lesson!

  • 4 weeks ago

    IM TigerLilov

    @Chaos-Emperor - I am certainly available to teach and you can read my Step-by-Step Guide to start your training at http://www.tigerlilov.com/howto-first-lesson. I look forward to helping you become a better player!

  • 4 weeks ago


    are you available to teach? i want to get started as soon as possible and i'm able to pay. i'm looking for more than just a few quick lessons; i'd like to be taken on as a student. my current rating is 1704. my goal is to become a CM in as little time as possible. i'm willing to invest a lot of time and effort in this.

  • 4 weeks ago


    hi i just want to say that after just 1 lesson i can tell valeri is an excellent coach. He really cares and takes extra time and care to make sure the student is grasping the material. Ireally like his bonus videos and homework i believe he will really push me to be the best i can be. I highly recommend him as a coach, you won't be disappointed

  • 5 weeks ago


    After speaking to a few chess schools I picked Valeri as my coach because his enthusiasm for you to become a better chess player was second to no one else. Fluent english, video recorded lessons and appropriate chess exercises which match the learners ability (so important) which can only make quick improvements to the weaknesses in your game, my rating improved from 1620 to 1803 in just a few lessons over a period of six weeks. I will continue with the lessons and feel i can become a 2000 rated player in the very near future through his knowledge , instuction and direction. Very highly recommended.

    Alan Dempster

  • 5 weeks ago


    A really nice teacher. Very fluent in English. He also uses the facilities of chess.com very well. I think I have improved just after the first lesson...

  • 5 weeks ago


    "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." - Confucius

    Valeri has been my coach now for a year and I have had around 70 lessons with him- I like the 2hours with Video because I can go back and review his secrets and concepts on the train with head phones. And I can see how my thinking has been shaped and honed from the early beginings. But before I just say how really good he is here is some background. I have always wanted to be really good at chess. So like many I thought the best way to do that was to read a vast amount of chess books. I must have ended up handling over 500 books one time or the other. Yet i never even read a third of them halfway, and the ones I read I never completed. I found the writing styles dry and monotonous. And being a very auditory and Kinesthetic learner the books were a very bad way to develop as a strong player. The books always gave answers but not answers to your question you wanted. 


    Requirement #1 I need a resource that speaks to me and shows me what I am doing wrong 


    So I moved to chess Videos. Now this seemed like a good Idea, It would appeal to the auditory part of me that stayed silent and bored during my period with books. What could go wrong I thought. I invested in a couple of DVDs that were 6hours long. The problem with DVDs was that they were too general, not specific enough and too long. They couldnt look at I was doing wrong and fix the problem. It was more a one size fit all strategy which doesnt work in chess. 


    Requirement #2 I need corrective feedback like a ship that keeps going off-course and the compass putting it back on course.



    So I decided to get a teacher. I did a lot of research looking at price, high rating, age (older meaning experience), and have made chess videos. Let me tell you. I tried some really famous teachers and some high rated teachers. I dont want to reveal their names but I would say that they made Valeri look exceptional (and he is an exceptional trainer). The problem with hiring a teacher is actually difficult. The teachers I had were very dogmatic and inflexible. It was like reading a book of variations when they went through my games. The dont tell you the concept or ideas they just say you do that and black/white is better. It was like they were talking to a 2500plus player. And most of the time it was not how to think but how not to think. 


    Requirement #3 I need a teach with great rapport, good pricing scheme, and who teaches and not preaches 


    Valeri excelled in all three of my requirements. We got together and he spoke to me about my goals and what I would like to achieve. I had a list and we began work. He gave me some tools and secrets that I'm not going to reveal (you will have to talk to him for that!) We got together periodically to reinforce his secret methods and soon I was intuitively playing using this. And let me say its quite powerful. I played a 2300 player and outplayed them to the endgame where it was equal. I played in a fide open and my rating performance half way through was 2150. I was drawing with 2100 players and smashed a 2100 player in 19moves (just ask Valeri)


    My results so far?

    My fide has gone from 1870 to 1930. He reckons my rating right now is around 2150 (takes time for the ratings to catch up!). 

    I have played 10 games this season, and lost only 1.

    I am begining to understand master games

    I believe in myself again and believe I am making rapid progress

    I have real goals that makes me hungry for chess

    All thanks to Valeri!

  • 5 weeks ago


    I have worked with five different chess coaches over the years.  Two of them were full time chess coaches.  Valeri is far better than anyone I've worked with, ever.  

    Valeri has a dedication that goes beyond the time you paid him for.  He takes his time to review your games and comment on them in the PGN files. He tailors his training based on your actually play style. His training is customized to overcome your weaknesses.  

    Working with Valeri is like renting a Toyota and getting a free upgrade to an Audi.   If you take just ONE lesson with him, you'll see what I'm talking about.  Don't try to caculate dollars per hour to get the best deal. There's a huge advantage to working with Valeri.  Your investment will pay off bigger and faster with him.

    Trust me, try one lesson.  You'll be glad you did.

  • 7 weeks ago


    Valeri is an extremely efficient and effective teacher - I have learned a lot more about how to create sound strategic positions and good tactical plans in a very short time. I now feel that I have a much better mental framework for the game than I could gain from books alone. Definitely recommended!

  • 9 weeks ago


    Valeri is really a solid teacher. He is very knowledgeable - and you can have proof of that if you watch any of his ChessBase training - but I think that he really excels in teaching directly.

    I admit that I just have had my first lesson with him, but he made quite an impression to me. I have had many teachers in my life and my experience with him is not the one you would expect from a standard teacher. When a teacher limits himself to transferring information to you, Valeri shines for the relationship he is able to build with his students in no time. You have the feeling that Valeri does not want to simply be your teacher: he wants to be your partner in your goal of being a better Chess player.

    You can trust him to understand your weaknesses, to help you to see them and to point you in the right direction. This is very effective in helping you to really understand the message and to improve your Chess. And he goes much further to that: he does not impose himself to you but helps you to grow and to acquire self-assuredness.

    He is not free. In my ignorance of the market, I found other trainers asking for way less than him: at first this struck me negatively, but talking with him I quickly changed my mind and now I have to say I am happy I did so. I cannot say about the quality of the service offered by those other trainers, but I can definitely say that Valeri does a great job before, during and after the session. He is really available and you have the feeling that he is there for you and only for you. I have exchanged many emails with him and most of them have been answered in less than 30 minutes! Not to mention the quantity and quality of the material that he is readily able to provide to you after your session, for integrating the contents of the session.

    I can say that I have found a mentor and a Partner, someone that I trust to guide me in the long term goal of being a (much) better chess player.

    Kudos, Valeri!

  • 2 months ago


    Professionalism and competence from beginning to follow-through - the website is smooth, intuitive, easily navigable, and answers everything - very intelligent design of services so anyone in any circimstances can find a way to access this training - the lesson scheduling confirmation set up the appointment in Outlook for me, together with reminders as the lesson time approached. The lessons themselves are conducted on Skype and Playchess (other options are available for those with access to other communications/chess platforms) which works extremely well. IM Lilov is quick, alert, frank - which, of course, is important - and, as is mentioned frequently in other comments, engaging and friendly - easy to communicate with. Most usefully though, is that he is able to identify trends and lessons from review of my games and homework and give them back to me as straightforward, logical, actionable ideas and themes. After the lesson relevant and challenging homework exercises arrive via email, as well, often, as other items IM Lilov thought might be of benefit.

    Speaking of actionable, after just my first 1-hour lesson last week, I played several games in which I was able to recognize the opportunity to employ lessons drawn for me from that first lesson and gain clearly stronger positions and clearer paths through over-the-board thinking and planning.

    I'm on board with everyone else here in this comment section: very highly recommended indeed.

  • 3 months ago


    I just finished my first session with valeri,he is a very kind and knowledgeable person, he has a sense of humor that makes it pleasant and like a friendly game. He hooked me up with lots of bonus materials whitch is awesome. My experiance so far has been delightful. I have already booked my next lesson in a couple of weeks.valeri gave me homework and lots of things to do to prepare for our next session.he didnt make me feel beneath him or in secure at anytime. I am looking forward to our next session,and will  continue to us his coaching services

  • 3 months ago


    Valeri Lilov is a professional chess teacher with exceptional skills. He is patient, supportive, and extremely knowledgeable in chess. He has the ability to identify a student’s weak areas and he can show the way to better playing. His English is flawless and he has a good sense of humor. He is willing to answer any questions the student might have. I recommend him very highly.

  • 3 months ago


    Excellent coach and very reasonable prices. Has a deep understanding of the game and is a master at breaking down complicated theory into easy to understand concepts. Has the ability to analyze your games and determine which areas you need coaching on which leads to customized lessons. Also a very strong rated player. Overall excellent experience.

  • 4 months ago


    I've recently have had my daughter, who just turned 7, take lessons with Valeri.  I should have done it a year earlier.  I was concerned whether my daughter really wanted to learn or not.

    As a parent, I just want her to have fun and enjoy the game and I don't expect her to become a great player nor do I expect she will want to keep playing.

     I watched Valeri work with her as he wants the parent listening because he believes it better facilitates the lesson.  He is really good with kids; hence, my realization I should have let her start a year or so ago.  He knows how to make the game fun for kids.

    He is teaching them in a manner that is very suitable for children; he realizes that children learn by playing.  He coaches the moves and gives the same theoretical ideas but keeps the language simple, clear, and consistent.

    If you would like a very strong teacher who is ideal for children that also happens to be very strong at chess, then Valeri is an excellent choice.

  • 5 months ago


    Great chess coach, I have had a great time learning alot of new things on everything i need to know about what I lack in chess. He is also very easy to understand!! Look forward to more lessons 

  • 6 months ago


    Very knowledgeable coach. I've taken two lessons and already feel my thought process has been improved. I was having trouble developing the right plans for the positions I was reaching, so we began working on that first. In addition to the lessons, he provides extra materials on the topics I want to work on. Highly recommended.

  • 7 months ago


    I have just started taking lessons from Valeri, and I am already delighted. His clear and concise instructions, his grasp of chess and ability to convey knowledge to a student (especially someone like me who has a very stubborn mindset when it comes to getting rid of decades of bad chess habits!) are impressive - I look forward to a lasting teacher-student relationship and can only recommend Valeri to anybody who would like to study chess with a real professional.

  • 7 months ago


    The lessons are instructive and organised, like the additional video material on various topics.

  • 7 months ago


    Had first lesson today. In terms of professionality and content, Master Valeri is several orders of magnitude above the typical good chess coach. It's not even close. He should be coaching the coaches. Watch his videos you'll get a feel for how much information he has to share and how gifted he is at sharing it.

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