New to Chess ( <1000), Beginner (1000-1400), Tournament Level (1400-1800)
|Unrated training game
||We play an Online game, discussing the moves while in progress.
||One hour individual instruction emphasizing basic endgames, tactical motifs, or opening principles.
|Checklist of Checkmates
||Instructional pamphlet describing 37 basic checkmate patterns, arranged into six groups for easy learning. Also contains 139 exercises with solutions. 82 pages. Sent via email as PDF file.
Over the past thirteen years, I have coached many of the top youth players in my region, including three high school individual champions, one elementary grade level state champion, Idaho state girl's co-champion, and several elementary players near the top of their age group. My teams have been the top or near the top in eastern Washington.
The instructive game below was played OTB against a top local player (another Chess.com coach). I gave him a bit of informal coaching a few years ago when he was beginning his rapid ascent into A Class, and likely soon expert and beyond.
The following game is an example of a coaching game. I played a reckless, but potentially dangerous attack. As the game proceeded, our conversation discussed the tactical threats and positional ideas. The student won.
In addition to online lessons, I give lessons in person in the Spokane area--contact me through email.