IM Valeri Lilov

Target Students:

All Skill Levels

Service Description Price
30-Minute Trial Private Online Lesson (with Video Recording) This is a one-time discounted option for everyone who wants to try my online lessons with video recording. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $25.00
One-Hour Private Online Lesson (with Video Recording) First lesson comes with a free highly personalized training program based on student's background, style of play, psychology, and learning preferences. ORDER NOW $59.00
Two-Hour Private Online Lesson (with Video Recording) Free personalized chess training program included with first lesson. Homework assignment is included. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $118.00
Online Lessons with Video Recording Package (Video & Annotation Files) First lesson comes with a free highly personalized training program based on student's background, style of play, psychology, and learning preferences. ORDER NOW $325.00
One-Hour Private Online Lesson (without Recording) Free personalized chess training program included with first lesson. No lesson recording. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $53.00
In-Depth Game Annotation This is a 20-minute instructive video lecture on your game of choice. It will provide you an in-depth analysis of your game move by move and as a whole. BUY NOW $13.00
One-Hour Personalized Video Lecture If your schedule is not flexible and you can’t arrange private online lessons easily, these personalized video lectures are for you! CLICK HERE TO ORDER $50.00
Personalized Self-Study Training Program The program provides personalized advice and recommendations for improving students’ self-study habits and optimizing their chess training at home. ORDER NOW $59.00
One-Hour Training Game with Instant Analysis This is a competitive online training game with plenty of time to think on every move. Test your knowledge and skills against a 2400+ rated player! ORDER NOW $55.00
30-minute Rapid/Blitz Sparring (from 3 to 20 min. games) This is a Rapid/Blitz match, accompanied by live analysis. It's a great way to improve your chess while having fun! ORDER NOW $28.00
Personalized Training Package It includes a special recorded lecture, thematic homework assignment, additional training materials, and 24/7 online support. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $29.00

About Me:

I am a 24-year-old International Master and professional chess coach. My FIDE rating is 2438 and I have two IM norms. In addition to giving high quality private lessons, I work as professional lecturer for many popular sites, including, ICC, ChessBase,, and I have extensive knowledge of openings, typical middlegame positions, endgame planning, competitive chess psychology, and many others. Furthermore, I use a new flexible method of teaching that allows each of my students to receive the most important skills they need for the moment to excel in tournaments and casual games, while correctly improving their chess. I believe chess is a good way for anyone to strengthen their character, learn how to make important decisions for limited time, or just have a lot of fun. I welcome you as my student and will do my best to assist you within hours of contacting me! Below, I have included more detailed information on my training methods and services I provide to everyone interested in training with me!

A Personalized Approach to Training...

On this page, as well as on, I offer a number of services that my students use to boast their chess training and improve their general playing strength. For each of my new students, I prepare a free personalized chess training program which serves as the main guide for me on how and what to teach this student at any given point, so that s/he improves visibly and steadily over the course of our training. This personalized training program is based on my student’s chess background, sample games, strengths and weaknesses, as well as style and level of play, chess psychology, and learning preferences among many others. When new students enrol to take online lessons with me, I first collect and analyze all the information and sample games they submit via e-mail before I build their personalized training programs and make important decisions on the course of study we are to take, so that we observe the best results and highest performance over the board.

There IS such thing as free training...

While my students work on their personalized training programs with me, they are entitled and often swarmed with a number of free services and complementary training materials I am always happy to provide for free. Being quite ambitious myself, I believe in achieving the desired results rather than performing my job alone. When I teach a student that aspires to improve and does so much to achieve their dream of becoming a master, I want to help them get closer to their goal faster. Here are some of the services I do for free every day:


  • Free Personalized Chess Training Programs for anyone interested in training with me


  • Free Opening Repertoire Screenings


  • Free Recent Games Reviews and Analyses via e-mail


  • Free Thematic Homework Assignments after every lesson


  • Free Bonus Lectures and Training Videos sent by request or whenever I believe a student needs to work more on a given area


  • Free 24/7 Online Support (Skype, E-mail, & for anyone having questions on their chess training and practice, upcoming tournaments and tough matches, recent games and training exercises, or anything chess-related that I can help my students with


  • Free Complementary Training Materials to each of my regular students depending on their training program needs and objectives

Training Focused on Problem Areas...

I am happy to provide training to anyone based on their problem areas in chess. Here is only a short list of the most common topics I cover with my students:


  • Building (or Improving) a Complete Opening Repertoire for White and Black based on Student’s Personal Style of Play and Strengths and Weaknesses


  • Creating an Opening Outline for Smooth Piece Development in Unfamiliar Openings

  • Improving Planning and Evaluation Skills for Better Middlegame Play

  • Mastering Piece Coordination Allowing our Pieces to Interact Successfully and Support our Plan

  • Understanding Middlegame Strategy and Developing a Positional "Sense"


  • Preparing and Leading a Successful Attack


  • Using Prophylaxis and Prevention of Opponent’s Plans and Threats


  • Rediscovering Defense as a Powerful Tool for Saving Hopeless Games


  • Improving Tactical Vision and Calculation Ability


  • Boasting Positional Play and Developing the Right Habits for Quiet Positions


  • Understanding Theoretical and Practical Endgames


  • Correctly Prioritizing Important Chess Principles during a Practical Chess Game


  • 7 weeks ago


    Coming from a 2100 USCF player, I've really enjoyed youtube videos by IM Valeri Lilov and I encourage anyone reading this post to check them out. I've recently had the chance to have one session with him where he reviewed some of my games from a weekend tournament and he explained everything very clearly with lots of practical advice. It's obvious that IM Lilov is a strong player, energetic coach, and passionate about chess and his students. Looking forward to working with him even more!

  • 7 weeks ago


    Today, we got our first lesson, actually he is my first chess coach ever. Before lesson i had no idea about what to expect but i can tell you what i feel. All my life i was alone in my chess struggle, being valeri's student makes me feel i am not alone anymore. After started lesson i couldnt understand when it finished, it was like in a breath while it seemed so quick, i took general notes about what we discussed in lesson, list was so long i couldnt imagine we discussed all of the things just in one lesson. After lesson, he sent me recording of our lesson, other videos that he thinks help me with my weaknesses, homework, and detailed explanations about how i should do my homework which is written just for me. If you thought quality lesson with friendly mentor was the best thing i got you were wrong. The best thing is i can ask whatever question i have in my mind to him, just like he is my friend. Thank you Valeri, Kaan.

  • 5 months ago


    A perfect coach. He quickly identifies your weak and strong points and makes you a better player from the very first lesson. He also goes beyond the call of duty making himself available to answer questions, make training plans and provide homework and helpful materials.


    All of this is done in a friendly manner and it is a pleasure to learn from him. If you are willing to work hard, he will go out of his way to support you.

  • 6 months ago


    Thank you for a great lesson today.   You hit every point I've been struggling with, and the tools and teachings you offered are exactly what I need right now.

    I would recommend IM Lilov without hesitation.

  • 6 months ago


    Let me be frank.  I have spent alot of time doing self-study with chess, and have a fairly good technical knowledge.  I was rather skeptical that a chess mentor would do more than a re-hash of what I already know.

    But I was mistaken.  He was able to look at my games and see where I was having trouble putting theory into practice.  I thought I simply had poor skills in tactics, but he showed me that my biggest problem was in planning and how to implement that plan.

    He has given me confidence with an understanding of how to manage the game -- transitioning from the opening to the middle game.  He has given me some excellent assignments to help me to  improve.

    Just amazing!

  • 8 months ago


    Valeri is a wonderful coach, very knowlegeable, competent, and professional. I started trainning with him, first , he analysed some of my games in order to know my level, and the way of thinking during the game, he discoverd some of my points of weekness, gave me some ideas of how to overcome them, and started to plan with me on how he will improve my game. He is a very organized coach who knows exactly what you need to be a better chess player.

  • 9 months ago


    good job- good lessons- good exercises-always available via e mail

  • 9 months ago


    Just had my first teaching session with Valeri, and it was excellent. He is very patient and knowledgable, and explains concepts very clearly. I am looking forward to working with him to improve my game!

  • 11 months ago


    This is the coach that everybody is looking for. Valeri took a few minutes to understand my aims and on the other end my major difficulties. With its unique capacity of walking in our shoes and with its vast chess knowledge in all complexities, we start my journey of chess improvement. For the first second I felt that I had found one of the best. If you want to really improve your chess Valery Lilov is certainly the best choice.

  • 12 months ago


    Just had my first lesson.  I liked the way he immediately zoomed in on a problem which I sort of knew at the back of my mind but I'm now going to be very mindful of!  Can't wait for the 2nd lesson!

  • 12 months ago

    IM TigerLilov

    Thank you for the positive feedback! I always try my best :)

  • 12 months ago


    hi i just want to say that after just 1 lesson i can tell valeri is an excellent coach. He really cares and takes extra time and care to make sure the student is grasping the material. Ireally like his bonus videos and homework i believe he will really push me to be the best i can be. I highly recommend him as a coach, you won't be disappointed

  • 13 months ago


    After speaking to a few chess schools I picked Valeri as my coach because his enthusiasm for you to become a better chess player was second to no one else. Fluent english, video recorded lessons and appropriate chess exercises which match the learners ability (so important) which can only make quick improvements to the weaknesses in your game, my rating improved from 1620 to 1803 in just a few lessons over a period of six weeks. I will continue with the lessons and feel i can become a 2000 rated player in the very near future through his knowledge , instuction and direction. Very highly recommended.

    Alan Dempster

  • 13 months ago


    A really nice teacher. Very fluent in English. He also uses the facilities of very well. I think I have improved just after the first lesson...

  • 13 months ago


    "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." - Confucius

    Valeri has been my coach now for a year and I have had around 70 lessons with him- I like the 2hours with Video because I can go back and review his secrets and concepts on the train with head phones. And I can see how my thinking has been shaped and honed from the early beginings. But before I just say how really good he is here is some background. I have always wanted to be really good at chess. So like many I thought the best way to do that was to read a vast amount of chess books. I must have ended up handling over 500 books one time or the other. Yet i never even read a third of them halfway, and the ones I read I never completed. I found the writing styles dry and monotonous. And being a very auditory and Kinesthetic learner the books were a very bad way to develop as a strong player. The books always gave answers but not answers to your question you wanted. 


    Requirement #1 I need a resource that speaks to me and shows me what I am doing wrong 


    So I moved to chess Videos. Now this seemed like a good Idea, It would appeal to the auditory part of me that stayed silent and bored during my period with books. What could go wrong I thought. I invested in a couple of DVDs that were 6hours long. The problem with DVDs was that they were too general, not specific enough and too long. They couldnt look at I was doing wrong and fix the problem. It was more a one size fit all strategy which doesnt work in chess. 


    Requirement #2 I need corrective feedback like a ship that keeps going off-course and the compass putting it back on course.



    So I decided to get a teacher. I did a lot of research looking at price, high rating, age (older meaning experience), and have made chess videos. Let me tell you. I tried some really famous teachers and some high rated teachers. I dont want to reveal their names but I would say that they made Valeri look exceptional (and he is an exceptional trainer). The problem with hiring a teacher is actually difficult. The teachers I had were very dogmatic and inflexible. It was like reading a book of variations when they went through my games. The dont tell you the concept or ideas they just say you do that and black/white is better. It was like they were talking to a 2500plus player. And most of the time it was not how to think but how not to think. 


    Requirement #3 I need a teach with great rapport, good pricing scheme, and who teaches and not preaches 


    Valeri excelled in all three of my requirements. We got together and he spoke to me about my goals and what I would like to achieve. I had a list and we began work. He gave me some tools and secrets that I'm not going to reveal (you will have to talk to him for that!) We got together periodically to reinforce his secret methods and soon I was intuitively playing using this. And let me say its quite powerful. I played a 2300 player and outplayed them to the endgame where it was equal. I played in a fide open and my rating performance half way through was 2150. I was drawing with 2100 players and smashed a 2100 player in 19moves (just ask Valeri)


    My results so far?

    My fide has gone from 1870 to 1930. He reckons my rating right now is around 2150 (takes time for the ratings to catch up!). 

    I have played 10 games this season, and lost only 1.

    I am begining to understand master games

    I believe in myself again and believe I am making rapid progress

    I have real goals that makes me hungry for chess

    All thanks to Valeri!

  • 13 months ago


    I have worked with five different chess coaches over the years.  Two of them were full time chess coaches.  Valeri is far better than anyone I've worked with, ever.  

    Valeri has a dedication that goes beyond the time you paid him for.  He takes his time to review your games and comment on them in the PGN files. He tailors his training based on your actually play style. His training is customized to overcome your weaknesses.  

    Working with Valeri is like renting a Toyota and getting a free upgrade to an Audi.   If you take just ONE lesson with him, you'll see what I'm talking about.  Don't try to caculate dollars per hour to get the best deal. There's a huge advantage to working with Valeri.  Your investment will pay off bigger and faster with him.

    Trust me, try one lesson.  You'll be glad you did.

  • 13 months ago


    Valeri is an extremely efficient and effective teacher - I have learned a lot more about how to create sound strategic positions and good tactical plans in a very short time. I now feel that I have a much better mental framework for the game than I could gain from books alone. Definitely recommended!

  • 13 months ago


    Valeri is really a solid teacher. He is very knowledgeable - and you can have proof of that if you watch any of his ChessBase training - but I think that he really excels in teaching directly.

    I admit that I just have had my first lesson with him, but he made quite an impression to me. I have had many teachers in my life and my experience with him is not the one you would expect from a standard teacher. When a teacher limits himself to transferring information to you, Valeri shines for the relationship he is able to build with his students in no time. You have the feeling that Valeri does not want to simply be your teacher: he wants to be your partner in your goal of being a better Chess player.

    You can trust him to understand your weaknesses, to help you to see them and to point you in the right direction. This is very effective in helping you to really understand the message and to improve your Chess. And he goes much further to that: he does not impose himself to you but helps you to grow and to acquire self-assuredness.

    He is not free. In my ignorance of the market, I found other trainers asking for way less than him: at first this struck me negatively, but talking with him I quickly changed my mind and now I have to say I am happy I did so. I cannot say about the quality of the service offered by those other trainers, but I can definitely say that Valeri does a great job before, during and after the session. He is really available and you have the feeling that he is there for you and only for you. I have exchanged many emails with him and most of them have been answered in less than 30 minutes! Not to mention the quantity and quality of the material that he is readily able to provide to you after your session, for integrating the contents of the session.

    I can say that I have found a mentor and a Partner, someone that I trust to guide me in the long term goal of being a (much) better chess player.

    Kudos, Valeri!

  • 14 months ago


    I just finished my first session with valeri,he is a very kind and knowledgeable person, he has a sense of humor that makes it pleasant and like a friendly game. He hooked me up with lots of bonus materials whitch is awesome. My experiance so far has been delightful. I have already booked my next lesson in a couple of weeks.valeri gave me homework and lots of things to do to prepare for our next session.he didnt make me feel beneath him or in secure at anytime. I am looking forward to our next session,and will  continue to us his coaching services

  • 14 months ago


    Valeri Lilov is a professional chess teacher with exceptional skills. He is patient, supportive, and extremely knowledgeable in chess. He has the ability to identify a student’s weak areas and he can show the way to better playing. His English is flawless and he has a good sense of humor. He is willing to answer any questions the student might have. I recommend him very highly.

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