Bruce Till

Target Students:

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

About Me:

I am a long time chess coach in Maryland, but I lived in New Jersey for my first 25 years.  My approach to chess coaching is to improve your chess skills (like every other coach), but I also emphasize improving your chess mindset, that is, thinking like a winner, not being fearful while playing, being alert, maximizing the opportunities in your position.  I believe you can significantly improve your chess results simply by improving your attitude during the game and by focused study of chess skills.


  • 4 years ago


    Hi, would you be interested in teaching a 10 year old girl? My daughter improved from 570 to 1090 in six months (Apr to Oct this year), but is feeling quite a bit of resistance now. She goes to Churchill Road Elementary (McLean VA) and attends chess camp and chess club provided by David Mehler. We got her a 14 year old student coach 3 months ago in Vienna but the traffic is bad so we would like to find someone who can offer online course and occasional in-person courses. Thank you!   -- Jiamin Xing

  • 4 years ago


    Sir I have been playing chess for a few months. I am good at opening and checkmating but have problem with middle play and analysing opponents moves. Please help me

  • 5 years ago


    i know the moves.. but i dont know how to analyze my opponent's moves...

  • 5 years ago


    Hi Bruce.

    I just clicked the link to your website and it seems to be an advert for a weight loss program in Chinese!

    I Googled your name and got the same result.

    Just thought you might like to know!


  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    do  you play correspondence chess on chess,com

    by croftonBikeMan; margin-left: 4px; font-weight: bold; background-position: 50% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;" title="Premium Member" href=""> - 51 days ago
    Bowie United States 
    Member Since: Oct 2008
    Member Points: 33

    i  do not want to pay lessons 


    do you play correspondence chess at all

    like to improve my game and trying to see how to stop making mistakes i do a lot

    been playing serious 2 years 

    no tournaments just friendly games

    if you like to teach me online  let me know

  • 5 years ago


    Born in 1949.  My father taught me chess when I was six.  Have studied chess off and on since that time; but only now, in retirement, do I have the time to devote to it.  I am only interested in studying chess endings as they are the foundation of positional chessplay; the rest of it can wait (with age comes patience).  What can you do for me?  A brief comment will suffice to let me know.  I have no desire to do anything more than to learn how to solve the riddles of chess and peer into the essence of the game I'd love to study in a serious vein.  I'm convinced that chess is a language of some kind.

  • 5 years ago



    Thinking about studying chess more. there are a couple of openings that I have trouble dealing with. Let me know if you think you can help me.



  • 6 years ago


    i only know moves but i have no plans, can you teach me please

  • 7 years ago


    i reall y suck can you help me i know i can do it

    Money mouth

  • 7 years ago


    Can you coach me I'm in despreate need of a coach and will work all day and night if I have to to get better I always admired your way of teaching please coach me.

  • 7 years ago



  • 7 years ago


    i realy suck in chess can you teach me i want to become a chess master

  • 7 years ago



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