NM Bill Richards

Target Students:

All Skill Levels

About Me:

Top selling coach on chess.com for last two+ years. They stopped recording this in March 2013 when I outsold all coaches on this site my first 10 months of activity to move up to number 4 overall among titled players. I now have over 30 recurring students taking private lessons. In addition I teach 8 weekly seminars to nearly 100 students. I seriously doubt any coach here has close to the number of students I have.


Note: I have limited availability  so message me before you send any payment...


 Here is a list of other coaches I can recommend: 




My private instruction rates are $25 per hour, or $100 for 5 hours. Online games, $40, includes video after. $50 for a vote chess game vs. your group, 3 days time.


If you find value in my free videos, feel free to make a donation. Thanks.


Paypal to aww.rats1@yahoo.com


Over 10,000 students have started this program. One of the largest and best in the world!  I have more students than any other coach on this site, and it isn't close. http://aww-rats.webs.com/ 



Note, my online lessons course is free! Donations accepted, referrals are most welcome. This is one of the best programs to learn to play chess at a high level, period. See the link in my website above.


Essentially, I teach you how to teach yourself to be a better chess player. I'll show you how I did it, so you may as well. I believe I can get any dedicated student at least up to my level. Beyond that, well, that's up to you, but you will be ready to proceed!


My program is entirely online through English language videos viewable on YouTube. See my website link above, and read it thoroughly. My weekly course kicked off April 6, 2012.


I have been teaching chess individually and in groups since the 1970's and have had plenty of successful students.


I will play online, rated, at least a 7 day turnaround for moves. Video made after game. Fee is $40.


Join my group! It's growing fast! http://www.chess.com/groups/home/nm-aww-rats-free-video-lessons


A few things about me:


USCF: http://main.uschess.org/msa/MbrDtlMain.php?11047769


FIDE: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=2004097


About 5 games from Life Master title. Stopped playing OTB in 1996.

Winner, Herman Steiner Brilliancy prize, 1990, US Amateur Team Championship West. This game and a photo of my team is in May 1990 issue of Chess Life: 


Annotated here, by IM Jack Peters: http://www.chess.com/blog/aww-rats/my-brilliancy-prize-win-from-1990-us-amateur-team-championship-west


Twice qualified into ICCF World's Championship cycle.

1/2 IM norm, ICCF.

Gold Medal, Team USA, PATT#3, ICCF: 



My game with former World Chess Champion Tigran Petrosian from 1982:



5 time Riverside, California Club champion: 1979, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993. Crosstable for latter event, my performance rating was 2425: http://main.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?199307162750.3-11047769


  • 4 weeks ago


    Hi Bill!  I was a member of the old Riverside Chess Club back in the late seventies to eighties.  I remember you winning our club championship on many occasions.  I wonder whatever happened to our club trophy?  It had the names of many great players including GM Larry Christiansen...

  • 18 months ago


    NM, I have been tempted for quite some time to get a lesson or two, Just not sure if I have the financial capabilities quite yet (still waiting on a job) and also the time. 

  • 18 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    yes, 5 hours over multiple sessions, usually lasting 1 hour each

  • 18 months ago


    $100 for 5 hours? does this mean 1, 5 hour session, or could it possibly be a total of 5 hours over multiple sessions?

  • 20 months ago


    Just had my first lesson today, Cant wait for the next one.

    Very profeesional and the rates are insanly cheap. Records his lessons and sends it to you for later review. 

  • 23 months ago


    I would like to thank Bill not only for being the best coach I ever had but also for being so profesional and fare. After a couple of classes with him and a few videos of analing my games. I was able to play a tounament where I won 3 games, drawed 3 and lost 2. But one of my lost games was on the last round and I made a begginers mistake. I had the game won with one extra Knigth and gave a rook for free. Other wise I would have won 4 drawed 3 and lost only one game, something I had never able to achived in the more of 15 years I have been playing chess. Also my online and live rating has gone up by more than 250 points. THANK YOU COACH.

  • 3 years ago


    i think your website is down

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    I have had 10 lessons. let me tell you, the first time he introduced me to several openings such as the grunfeld and KID. he helped me build a solid opening repertoire and increased my tactical awareness. thanks to him i got from 1200 to 2000 in less than a year. this guy is worth your money and i can tell you from experience. though it may cost a bit, it sure beats studying for 10,000 hours. thanks for helping me in my chess career

    -Bob from Nevada

  • 3 years ago


    I have to say, that was a very strong first lesson that demonstrated your vast experience and expertise. Very influential coach with reasonable prices, I highly recommend him for anyone looking to improve his or her game :) Here's to more lessons down the road!



  • 3 years ago


    hi i am in the 1100 so ,i dont know if i am in the target range but i know the basic rules about chess but not good strategy i just memorise other people and try to use that

    please help (i might not be able to pay) it would really help thanks

  • 3 years ago

    NM aww-rats

    I use Skype for lessons and make a recording for all students to have a permanent copy.

  • 4 years ago


    Thank You so much Bill I submitted a payment, and really looking forward to even more great stuff. I opened a you tube account.

        My screename on you tube is chickychessgirl  (office_chick007)  https://plus.google.com/109673108675012436218/posts     

  • 4 years ago


    Great lesson, clear and precise explanations and suggestions, would highly recommend!

  • 4 years ago

    NM aww-rats

    Do you want something mailed to you in the USA? Then order priority mail! It kind of says that in the box.....

  • 4 years ago


    What is priority mail for?

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks so much aww-rats for doing my game! I highly reccomend you and your videos!

  • 5 years ago

    NM aww-rats

    jdkudoson, or Jesse...Happy to meet you!

    It's all pretty easy!

    At the top of this page is a link to my site at blogspot. 

    Read what I have posted, and start the lessons any time. They are all on YouTube and conveniently linked on my site. Work on your schedule. Four lessons are posted now, #5 will follow soon. I have videos posted of games from on online chess league with playes of all strengths, you may find these in my YouTube channel, and you're welcome to subscribe to it. I offer suggestions and strategies for people to learn from. Also, follow me on Twitter, I tweet when I have news or video updates.


    This should get you off an running! Welcome aboard!

  • 5 years ago


    Hi my name is Jesse and i have been playing on and off for a few years. i have not played a lot of games yet and i get beat frequently but trying to learn. i played in my first tournament last Sunday but the other 5 players were way better than me. i had fun and made some nice acquaintances from my club the Fresno chess club. they told me i should join chess.com and get learning. i am probably rated at 800 to 1000 so far. How do i take your lessons. very new at this.

  • 5 years ago


    Your first lesson was great!  I look forward to future additions.  I have set aside a donation for you.  Thank you for your work.

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