Target Students:

New to Chess ( <1000), Beginner (1000-1400), Tournament Level (1400-1800)

Service Description Price
Unrated training game We play an Online game, discussing the moves while in progress. $25.00
Coaching session One hour individual instruction emphasizing basic endgames, tactical motifs, or opening principles. $25.00
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. $10.00

About Me:

Over the past fifteen years, I have coached many of the top youth players in my region, including three high school individual champions, two elementary grade level state champions, 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.


For online lessons, send me a message describing your interest. We will discuss payment arrangements and begin as soon as possible.



  • 3 years ago


    Wow. That training game was played way back in 2009. I still remember it. Thanks for teaching me The Evans Gambit. I have used it in my own games with great success.

    Definitely consider Coach Ziryab. I have learned a lot from his excellent instruction.

  • 3 years ago


    j aime jouer chess avec vous

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  • 4 years ago


    Hello,I'm Izwan and i'm new to the chess,i still have a lot to learn...i keep losing to my friends neither to my brother...i need a coach to teach me about chess,tactics,great openings,skills etc...will you be my coach and teach me?and correct my mistake and help to improve my chess playing??

  • 4 years ago


    Can u play a game with me and see where I can improve

  • 4 years ago


    Hi I would like to know whether u can coach me.

    I am 13 and I have an ECF grade of 97 soon to increase to around 110.

    I play in tournaments regularly.

    I would appreciate if u could play me to a game to see where i could improve.

    I will be gratefull for a reply.

    If you could send ur reply to my account.

    thanks a lot

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  • 6 years ago


    Hello Ziryab, I would love to play you an unrated game for coaching. I would appreciate that very much! By the way is the chess ziryab the same as the oud playing Ziryab who was accredited for adding the 6th string to that instrument as well as other contributions to oud music?

  • 6 years ago


    No, you do not need to live in Spokane. I conduct lessons online as well as in person. See services above for fees.

  • 6 years ago


    do you have to live in spokane for the chess lessons and whats your fee

  • 7 years ago


    Hi Ziryab, Ive been looking for a chess coach that I could learn from online. I was wondering if there could be anyway that i could become your student. thanks

  • 7 years ago


    @guildwars We played and finished. I hope you'll remember to watch your back rank.

  • 7 years ago


    can u play me a free training game?

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