IM Stupavsky Zdenko

Target Students:

All Skill Levels

About Me:



here is a serious coach! If you don't trust me then just take a look at my reviews! :)

1h Game Analysis ( annotated ) - $20/h

1h Game Analysis ( non-annotated ) - $15/h

When it comes to the game analysis, the issue is quite simple. We will meet on Skype to have a chat about your game or games. Your understanding of P structures will be corrected, understanding behind moves improved, and you will get lots of tips for further improvement. I don't use an engine with doing such analysis, my goal is to eliminate the mistakes that you make by correcting your logic behind those moves and this certainly cannot be done by saying "Oh, this is bad since your opponent is now +0.53 ahead due to some long line".


Of course, if you choose the second option, the analysis with annotations, you will get the chat on Skype plus a file with explanation in PGN or any other format.


When it comes to training, I’ve developed my own system that is based on playing training games. I play against my students a lot, and I provide them with information during training games, not after. So, when a student commits a mistake I start challenging student’s views by asking questions, and by doing so, I slowly guide the student to the right solution. The questions help me to find leaks in student’s thinking process and understanding thus I will have an easy time identifying and curing weak spots. If I spot a huge leak then I will create a program to eliminate that problem.

I'm an opening specialist and I can teach the following openings:


- White:


  • English Opening 1.c4 - Pretty much every single reply, Botvinnik System, Symmetry, Reversed Dragon, Reversed Grand Prix Attack etc.
  • 1.e4 - Italian ( Max-Langels Attack, Hungarian Defence, 4.d3 lines, Evans Gambit included ), Scandinavian, Pirc, Caro-Kann, French, Alekhine etc. If you are interested in Sicilian then I can teach you Alapin variation and Fiachetto lines ( g3 systems ) as a reliable reply to every system.


- Black:


  • Against 1.d4 I can help you with King's Indian, Benoni, Chigorin.
  • Against 1.e4 I can help with Sicilians ( especially Najdorf, Dragon, Accelerated Dragon, Scheveningen, 2..g6 systems ) and French.


My opening files:


- French:


  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7
  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7
  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
  • 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6


- HyperAccelerated Dragon:


  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.dxc5
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.d5
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c3
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c4
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Nc3


- Chigorin:


  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.cxd5
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.e3
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3


- KID's and Benoni's Structures:


  • Mar-del-Plata
  • Plans with g4 for White
  • Symmetry
  • Fiachetto King’s Indian Structure
  • 4 Pawns Attack ( without d5 and with d5 leading to Benoni )
  • Sämisch-like Benoni Structure
  • Fiachetto Benoni Structure
  • c4-e4 vs d6 Structure


- King's Indian:


  • Sämisch Variation ( both 6.Be3 and 6.Bg5 )
  • Classical Variation
  • Fiachetto Variation
  • Averbakh Variation
  • 5.h3 Variation
  • 4 Pawns Variation and its deviations


  • 18 months ago


    I've recently purchased the HyperAccelerated Dragon file from IM Stupavsky, and am very happy with my new repertoire! IM Stupavsky lays out very clearly and thoroughly the pawn structures associated with each variation, the plans for both sides, ideas behind each move and corresponding games to help me see how the plans are carried out till the end. I also like the fact that his repertoire does not get me into much-analyzed theoretical positions like the Yugoslav Attack, and is still packed with novel and sound lines (I checked with Stockfish 6). What makes me appreciate the repertoire even more is his responsiveness to my questions. When I asked him about a specific White response that was not covered in the repertoire, he took time to update the repertoire for me. This gives me a lot of confidence to play his recommended lines!

    In short, I highly recommend IM Stupavsky's services to anyone who is looking to improve his/her games. I'd definitely work more with him in the near future to improve mine!

  • 19 months ago


    Zdenko is a first-class coach. I would recommend him to anyone wishing to improve their chess skills. He has a deep understanding of strategy and positional play, and will help you harness the ideas behind your favourite openings. Unlike other coaches, he does not focus on long, complex theoretical lines that average players like myself will have a hard time memorising. Instead, he concentrates on explaining the strategic ideas and plans that are embedded in each position, helping you improve your sense of analysis and understanding of the game. More importantly, he has a capacity to "put himself in your shoes" and analyse your games from YOUR perspective, so you can understand the reasoning behind your errors and why you chose the wrong plan, rather than simply pinpointing what you should have done. As he once said to me, "a lost game is not a big deal, but a lost lesson is".

    I should also point out that Zdenko is a straightforward, friendly guy who does not "impose" his knowledge on students, but rather shares it with them in an entertaining and instructive way. I take a weekly lesson from Zdenko, and it’s worth every penny of it. 

  • 20 months ago


    Hi, My Name is Anthony McQueen, and I am interested in taking lessions by you. let me know what I need to do to get started!!!

  • 3 years ago


    Here are my thoughts on Stu's coaching: He is very professional, and everything he does is fair and really tries to accommodate you. In regards to his teachings, I personally feel that anyone of his skill level can teach a chess player to improve. However, he taught me things that made an immediate impact in my game. For example, after one lesson, I gained 60 rating points in a day of playing without even doing anything else other than implementing what I learned. At first, I thought that having personal live lessons would be more beneficial, but now I know the difference is negligible. I undoubtedly feel that his services are underpriced. I would NOT recommend him to my friends for the fear of losing many games to them, but to all those that I would not play in the near future, hire him.

  • 3 years ago


    Stu is a great coach. He has been able to change the way I look at the game and evaluate positions and I now see many other consequences and advantages of playing different moves in different positions. Without a doubt my understanding of the game is deeper than it would be without his advice and the game analysis he provides is very thorough and in depth and includes all of the ideas behind the move recommendations. My game has improved tremendously through his coaching.

  • 3 years ago


    My Chess has improved magnitudes since studying with Stu, he's concise (no-nonsense) with his teaching, and finds the best level of study for you (and tells you where you're going wrong; something which has been incredibly beneficial). He also has a good sense of humour, which makes remembering his advice very easy, and his book recommendations have been invaluable. I'd definitely recommend Stu as a Coach.

  • 3 years ago


    I have had several lessons with IM Stupavsky, sometimes chess theory and sometimes games analysis. In all lessons I have found his explanations to be clear and that he gives thorough answers to my questions. In addition he has taught me things I have not found in any book. I am happy to recommend him as a chess coach.

  • 3 years ago


    I've learned a lot with my training session with IM Stupavsky. He is really fun to study with. He really gives a good lesson (KID against london) which almost explain everything on how to play with equality and eventually for advantage for each variations. Really good teacher/coach.

  • 3 years ago


    Definetely I recomend Stu.He is able to find the level of explanation that the student needs and to find what the student needs to learn

  • 3 years ago


    Another great class with STU.Besides being clear and having a good way of teaching, he reveled a good hability of FINDING what I need to learn and teached a lot during some games that we played together.

    I recomend to everyone!

  • 3 years ago


    Did my first class with STU and my experience was amazing.Good speach pace, lots of tips and made it quite clear how I could have won 3 games that I had lost

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  • 4 years ago


    I have just started taking lessons from IM 'Stu' Stupavsky Zdenko. At the moment, he is teaching me the English Opening. First off, he examined some of my own games where I played the English. He then made tremendously helpful recommendations of where I went wrong in the opening and in the ensuing middle game. Coach Stu not only teaches theory, but he also explains the reason behind the moves. The lessons are very reasonably prized. He speaks english fluently, and he communicates very clearly. I give Coach Stu my highest recommendation. 

  • 4 years ago


    I've taken a few lessons from IM Stupavsky and I will continue to take many more.  He is very professional and provides a well balanced approach of master instruction, student thought, and gentle critique.  IM Stupavsky is concerned about your thoughts and feelings on positions and games of instruction.  He is able to dive into your mind and see inconsistencies in your thought process through feedback you provide.  When I have a miscalculation of a tactical nature, he is always courteous and careful to go over the mistake in question to my satisfaction.  I feel like I have grown by understanding plans and subtle positional nuances.  I am better able to weave tactical justifications of plans based on the features of the position.  Conversely, by appreciating the clarity in positions through strategy, I find myself not needing a tactical justification in some positions.  He blends these two fundamental aspects very well.  In addition, his 2 hour opening package is outstanding.  I was riveted the entire time.  I am still a new student of his and we have many more avenues to explore such as endgames, visualization,  and I look forward to his guidance.

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