IM Igor Khmelnitsky

Target Students:

All Skill Levels

Service Description Price
30 min Q&A Introductory session using Phone or Skype + or ICC $44.95
Book: Free w/ session Chess Exam You vs. Fischer Order Introductory session and get my $22 book free (pay for s/h). Not offered without a session. Non-US shipping is extra $15 $4.95
Book: Chess Exam You and Training Guide Award winning complete self-assessment and training guide. Recommended before 1st session. Non-US shipping is extra $15 $19.95
Books: Non-US shipping Non-US shipping is extra $15 per book $15.00
Book: Tactics - Chess Exam You and Training Guide Tactics Complete Tactical self-assessment and training guide. Recommended for self-study. Non-US shipping is extra $15 $17.95
Book: Chess Exam You vs. Fischer Match your wits with Bobby Fischer and learn more about your strength and weaknesses. Non-US shipping is extra $15 $14.95

About Me:


Yermolinsky, Alex (w) - Khmelnitsky, Igor (b)

1996 US Closed Championship


My Publications:  award winning Chess Exam

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Born in Kiev, Ukraine

My father Naum taught me Chess at age 6. My mother Polina brought  to the "Avangard" chess club when I was 9. I participated in several individual and team events on local,  regional and National level. Member of Ukrainian Junior team along with current super GMs Vassiliy Ivanchuk, Boris Alterman and others... Thanks to M. Gorbachev's policies, in 1989 I played my first tournament abroad. Currently I live and work in the suburb of Philadelphia - "The City of Brotherly Love!" and a home of the World Open  

The Player The Coach The Writer



International Chess Master (since 1991)

Highest Fide Rating 2495; Highest USCF Rating 2644;



International Tournament Results

Winner or shared 1st Place in Major International Tournaments

Europe  -

1989 - Ruse Open (Bulgaria) 

1990- Crancal Open (Germany) 

1990- Shibenik, Porech Opens  (Yugoslavia)

1990- L'vov Invitational Stein Memorial (Ukraine)



1992, 1993, 1995 Liberty Bell Open

1993 Philadelphia Open

1995 PA State Co-Champion

2001 National Congress

Several times NJ Open Champion

Participant of 1995 and 1996 US Championship (top 14 US players Invited).

Participant of 2001/2002 US Championship



Playing and Beating World Elite GMs

I have Victories in a tournament game against the following Grandmasters:

Alburt, Alterman, Aseev, Bologan, Brodsky, Garcia, Golod, Golubev, Gurevich D., Dlugy, Ivanov A., Komarov, Michalchishin, Maximenko, Palatnik, Ruban, Romanishin, Svechinikov, Shabalov, Wolf, Yermolinsky and others



Play over some of my most important wins against GMs, games from the recent events, my best games ever!


Coaching Experience:

  • 1989 - 1991: Assistant Coach of Ukrainian National Junior Team. Among the members current Super GMs - Ivanchuk (UKR), Alterman (ISR), Komarov (UKR), Savchenko (UKR)

  • 1991: Second of  Lidia Semenova WGM former challenger to the Fide Women World Championship

  • 1991 - Present - Personal Instructions in Philadelphia Area; Group Lecturing; Internet Training.

Check my training methods, examples and offers and comments from my students.



My new book "Chess Exam and Training Guide: Tactics - Rate Yourself and Learn How to Improve" (2007) generated a lot of positive feedback  More information


Press Release (11/2006) from Kasparov Chess Foundation: The three-volume curriculum, titled Teaching Chess Step by Step, features a Teacher's Manual (336 pages), Exercises (160 pages) and Activities (48 pages). Authored by notable chess educators Igor Khmelnitsky, Michael Khodarkovsky and Michael Zadorozny, and editorialized by Pete Tamburro, the materials provide teachers with mechanics to lead a group of beginning students from the rudiments of chess rules to the ability of playing a full game in a competent manner. Combined, they bring a 21st Century approach to teaching one of the oldest strategy games in existence.

My contribution was writing the Exercises book. I am very pleased with the final product. Schools can get the books free, so please pass the information.


My book "Chess Exam and Training Guide: Rate Yourself and Learn How to Improve" (2004) is a big hit with players and experts. Winner of the 2005 Cramer Award - Best Chess Book by Chess Journalists of America. Made the "Short list" - top 3, in 2004 Book of the Year voting by the readers of Translated into Russian and French. More information ChessExam-cover.jpg (39225 bytes)


I am a contributing author to Wall Street Journal bestseller  Masters of Success Proven Techniques for Achieving Success in Business and Life (2004).  More information


Over the years my work has been published in various chess media. Among them are most prestigious publications – Chess Informant, New in Chess, ChessBase, 64, Chess Life, Chess Today and others.





  • 3 years ago


    My name is Favour. I came across your profile in website and found you interesting so i had to contact you. You can reach me through this e-mail

  • 4 years ago


    Hey! I have your Chess Exam: You vs. Bobby Fischer downloaded on my kindle. I like how you ask a lot of positional questions because I'm a complete moron when it comes to position. 

  • 5 years ago


    Hi;  I am always looking to improve my game, however, I only play random chess 960...can you still help my play??

  • 5 years ago


    heellooo,,,do you have a fritz 12?

  • 5 years ago


    i need your my position is very law,i want to increase my talents.i hoping you are teaching me

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  • 5 years ago


    Are you POKEMON_MASTER ?Is that you ?or someone else

    this guy is genius!!!

    if its not  you who is  POKEMON_MASTER


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  • 6 years ago


    Здравствуйте! Огромное Вам спасибо за книгу шахматный экзамен, периодически проверяю свой уровень и надо сказать достаточно точно отслеживается прогресс и недостатки. успехов.

  • 6 years ago

    IM IgorKhmelnitsky

    Thank you all for your interest. I suggest you start with my books, complete the exams, the contact me.

    Best of luck!

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  • 6 years ago


    Can you coach me? I would like to become the best of the best!

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  • 7 years ago


    Hello I am in need of some coaching if you could (I dont havr money to pay) help me in my chess improvement.Smile

  • 8 years ago


    can you coach me i live in philly i want to get better

  • 9 years ago


    sir i want to be one of yours hundreds student..!!!!!
  • 9 years ago


    Hello Igor im a High school student that is really intrigued by chess and i am currently rated 1140 by USCF and I go to tournaments.  My rating on this site is 1540 and i really want to up my game.  I are very determined to become a great player and if you can coach me online that would be great thanks.
  • 9 years ago

    IM IgorKhmelnitsky


    This is a great site for fans. Before you ask me to coach you, please read my books.

    Register on my site if you'd like to stay in touch.


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