Target Students:

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

Service Description Price
New to chess and Beginners complete game plan and pattern thinking processes to win by strong endings knowledge $25.00

About Me:

Experienced Chess Coach.  Primarily working with beginners up to Candidate Masters.  Virginia State 2010 K-5 Scholastic Coach of the Year.   Results?  - best with daily study by students - you set your own speed.  Learn Chess the economical way - via internet and/or with personalized study.  35 years coaching.  

    "Chess Understanding, derived from within, comes best."


contact:   message me at  if interested.  available via analysis in live chess, or via skype. 

One user asked:  What can i expect to learn from you?

You will learn to think, plan, anticipate opponent's moves, form alternate plans, and find ways to seize advantages or recover from mistakes.  

   What I do not teach:  I do not teach anyone to become a "clone" of my style of play, nor would that be good, as most of my students have the potential to add what they get from me, to their own individual genius to become a much better player than I'll ever be.  That is fine with me, and I will not load anyone's wallet for long-term lessons commitment.  You study at your own speed, and learn things as your time allows, not dependent on my time or availability to answer your questions, you will be expected to seek answers you can play and work with, at your level.


Proven techniques:   initial training consists of 3 basic lessons  in one package - you learn the fundamental chess concept; applications to ensure you understand how to win, using that concept; and some game planning concepts.  Typically, my students don't need a lot more one-to-one tutoring, to continue their growth, as I provide them with suggested materials to study - all at their own speed.


 Lessons package - (only one $25 charge) will cover as much as a student can absorb, plus materials via email - to study further and enhance the lessons.  total lesson time, generally 1 1/2 to 3 hours times for the one payment,   plus at least 30 hours self-study materials to work with at your own absorption speed.

Additional lessons available if interested and after demonstrated ability to apply the techniques in the first lesson.


message me directly for payment instructions.  Thanks.


  • 6 months ago


    Hi friend, I like your teaching options and I am in the USCF. My rating is so low at around 1300. I play better and have played better. My best Tournament play was in 2012 when I was originally ranked at 2000. After that, the best game I played, in terms of gained points was probably against an expert. I got a draw. I have solid knowledge and need to improve my mid-game and think that I can make a payment for the lessons; I feel that I need to talk with you some more, so that you can get a better knowledge of my skils, so that you may be able to tell me what you can hellp me improve on. Great meeting you today and expect a message from me.

  • 19 months ago



  • 4 years ago


    Hey Bruce!

    Just wanted to thank you for the lesson!

    All the info that you gave me is gonna keep me busy for quite a while,and you really helped me to look at chess in a way that I never before saw.

    It was great and will be recommending you to anyone who wants a great chess coach for a great price!

    Thanks again for the great lesson,


  • 4 years ago


    Got bumped by the server so this is the second go.]

    Thanks mate, I am an old hand at Tactics Trainer; I think this is day eight :)

    Thanks from me and thanks from them; a lot of effort you have put into helping people on there way with this wonderful game. Thanks from us; thanks from me, you da man.


  • 4 years ago


    Hello, Bruce, I would like to start learning from you.  Please email me and tell me hoe to pay you with a credit card.

  • 5 years ago


    you guys dont read

  • 5 years ago


    Interesting .

  • 5 years ago


    The $25 is for the first 'extended' lesson.   I tend to avoid more than the basic material setup as i do not want anyone to think I'm here to chew up their 'wallet' in endless lessons over several years.   You can learn far more from specific books and from a little guidance and then unleash your own initiative and creative talents.  You will soon find that you can easily handle a game with me, but that is mainly why I do not play against my students - either I am ahead of them or they will crush me, and either way, we (you) don't learn as much as interactive discussion and game analysis.


    my own play is often erratic - any more, since I had a medical problem.  However, that does not prevent me from guiding others to deal with the variety of stresses they will encounter.


    if you want to see a summary of what we will cover, ask, and I'll send it to you via email.   Then you can see the lesson material there.   I cover the material, whether it takes 2 1 / 2 hours or 5 hours or even longer.  although I don't like taking longer, by conducting the lesson - one-to-one - I can go at the student's speed of comprehension.

     If necessary for your needs/schedule, the material can be broken into 'segments' and part presented at each meeting - no additional charge for that, you pay for the material to be covered, not for the time involved.

    thus far, all those who tried this haave really liked it.  see notes posted by satisfied students.   I try to equip my students to identify their own shortfalls, and to eliminate their need for repeatedly paying a chess coach for lessons - as I give them a 'variety pack' via email and let them study at their own speed.  Those who follow the directions do quite well, often experiencing a rating rise from 800 to 1800 in less than 4 months - but OTB involves other features that a student (player) needs to understand and work to overcome the negative features there.  the program I use - program of study and development, that is - equips students to deal with all the facets.



  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    Can you train me

  • 6 years ago



    and how is this done

  • 7 years ago


    hey there...if this is free, can you turn me into your apprentice?!

    i've been playing for 6 months now...hope that helps..


  • 7 years ago


    please help me to improve my chess skills

  • 7 years ago


    hi there.   I'm looking for a coach for my 8 yr old son, who's been learning chess at home for about 6 months now.  We live near Herndon.  Can you let me know more info and your rate..  thanks

  • 7 years ago


    how much do you charge? please send mesage

  • 7 years ago


    WHat is your rate of improvemnet

  • 8 years ago




    HOPE  ALL IS  WELL                                TONY FROM  JERSEY SHORE

  • 8 years ago


    hello there i was wondering if you could coach me because i need to learn some new skills but i want to learn from a professional such as yourself how much do you charge for lessons? please message me back if you have room for one more student thank you (p.s. i live in Manassas too so ill be close to contact )

  • 8 years ago


    Bruce, my old coach moved to AZ.  Do you have room for one more?  Please let me know.  JIm

  • 8 years ago


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