Dear Chess Friends, I Seek Your Feedback

Dear Chess Friends, I Seek Your Feedback

May 17, 2016, 7:29 AM |

Dear Chess Friends World Wide,


Following my recent participation at a FIDE Trainer Seminar and qualification as a FIDE Trainer, I've been inspired to consider pursuing advertising as a Chess trainer. This is something I want to explore further as I move on at a different stage of my non chess career. Currently I have 2 students, and I'd love grow that.


I'd love to hear your constructive feedback on the range of matters such as

  • I'm I deluding myself (given my rating/experience and not being a titled player)?
  • Is there a limit to the level I could take a student?
  • What is a reasonable rate to charge?
  • Are my blog entries good/bad and what could be improved?
  • Should I offer the first session free, to show what I can do?
Currently I run a Chess meetup in Singapore with close to 400 members ( 
I plan to post in this meetup the following session. Is it too wordy? What target market does it attract? Is there too much or little content? Is it superficial?


"Do you have a child that would like to improve their chess?

Have you played for a few years and find you're not improving?

Do you find you blunder pieces for no reason and don't know why?

Are you lost for a plan after the opening?

Do you lose games even though you’re up a clear pawn (or two)?

Are you seeking a training program to improve your level of play?

Are you curious as to how good players think about the game?


I am qualified FIDE trainer with 20+ years of chess experience. I have peak FIDE rating of 2175, and a rating of 2200+.


My Chess teaching philosophy is that I do not lecture, but rather guide you to find the answers yourself. A typical session would involve us working through a famous game or position where you are asked to try to find the next move or plan. As a trainer, I would probe and ask you questions that lead you to your own discoveries.


I am a big believer of being active in your own training. Passive learning such as reading a chess book without trying to guess the next move, or watching chess videos (without pausing to solve what happens next) is not the optimal way to improve.


I do not coach by a "one size fits all". I would identify what areas you need to address first. This typically may be sight of the board, tactical vision and patterns, middlegame planning, endgame technique and strategy. I generally advise against serious opening preparation until the 1800+ level.


Chess material I like to work from are the My Great Predecessors series (Kasparov), 1001 Winning Chess sacrifices and Combinations (Reinfeld), Silman's Complete Endgame Course (Silman), Capablanca's Best Chess Endings (Chernev), The Middlegame (Euwe and Kramer).


References from current students is available upon request.


If you are interested in a free no obligation one on one trial lesson then please RSVP and I will send you a private message as to specifically where to meet."