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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


    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!

  • 3 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!

  • 3 weeks 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.

  • 6 weeks 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

  • 6 weeks 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.

  • 7 weeks 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.

  • 3 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.

  • 3 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 

  • 5 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.

  • 5 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.

  • 6 months ago


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

  • 6 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.

  • 7 months ago


    I started out with tiger 11months ago with an elo of 1000 with that time frame I have jumped to 1700 great coach. He really takes an interest in your learning. I have gotten results from day 1

  • 7 months ago


    I had my first lesson today. I loved that he explained everything in a clear manner, and he is very knowledgeable. I had watched (and own) several of his Chessbased videos, and he's one of my favorites. Not only was he able ot explain things easily-but, also he provided additional information in .DOC format, and additional training + homework. He's deffinitely a very proffesional trainer. I would definitely recommend his services to any improving player.

  • 8 months ago


    Great chess coach, 5/5. Funny and very kind. Not to mention talented. Noticed results immediately after first lesson. You get a sense that he is invested in your improvement, and he takes the time to go over key problems that recur throughout your games. I'm looking forward to becoming a much better player as a result of these lessons.

  • 10 months ago


    In my opinion, the best chess couch around. I have talked to a few coaches on here, Valeri is really easy to talk to, very responsive, and has a great personality, which I have found pretty rare in people. (His english is perfect too!) The lessons I have gotten are the 30 minute lessons, usually we go over games I lost, and he very clearly points out the reasons I lost, the positional elements of the game, the possible tacics against me I let a possibility on accident, and ever since I have been having lessons, I notice alot more while I play. I started chess a year and some months ago, and have lessons every couple weeks with him, and I'm over the 2000 rating area right now, and climbing still hopefully haha. He gives homework positions ater lessons for you to work on, which is really nice, and best of all, if you know you are weak in a certain area, like tactics, or planning, or even something specific like closed positions, certain opening structures, he will help very much. Even sends videos on openings which I found pretty nice of him. Recommended!

  • 10 months ago


    The prices are high though

    I agree with AnnaTheRaja

  • 11 months ago


    Vedant goswami, max elo 2317. Its 3200 per month

  • 11 months ago


    the prices are truly high for indian rupee.

  • 11 months ago


    very helpful instruction today.  insightful, to the point; as well as gaging where i am in developement of my game.  thank you.

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