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 $28.00
One-Hour Private Online Lesson (without Recording) Free personalized chess training program included with first lesson. No lesson recording. CLICK HERE TO ORDER $56.00
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 $62.00
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 $124.00
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 $342.00
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
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
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 $57.00
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 $15.00
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
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 25-year-old International Master and professional chess coach. My FIDE rating is 2438 (Classical) and 2515 (Online). 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


  • 6 weeks ago


    I started working with Valeri 6 weeks ago, and what a difference!  For me, its how he explains things that really helps.  He breaks things down so its easily understood.  Valeri is always available to answer questions, and explain things im having a hard time understanding.  Valeri tells me what i need to hear, not what i want to hear.

    I played a tournament game over the weekend, and for the first time, I had a clear idea on what to do from beginning to end.

  • 7 weeks ago


    Way too expensive for me but comments and your free videos make me feel you're a great coach. I will surely be your student in the near future :)

  • 7 weeks ago


    My go-to coach from today! Very patient and explained concepts in a crystal clear manner. Simply gets embedded in your system. He had sent me homework over a week ago and spent days pondering over it. Had to tell him that i couldnt think beyond the first move. From thereon, Mr. Lilov made simple suggestions (instead of deep calculations) which made you think that the moves were right there. 


    Kudos!! Keep up the good work.

  • 3 months ago


    I took lessons from Valeri a few years ago and recently started back up with him after taking a break from playing.

    He offers to record each lesson so you can go back and review them afterwards.

    Before I started taking lessons I was skeptical as I had read some chess books and thought I had 'knowledge.' I was wrong. I was making several mistakes in both my thought process and play that I wasn't even aware of.

    I highly recommend him to anyone who would like to improve their play and knowledge of chess.

  • 3 months ago


    It isn't easy to keep my daughter's attention when it comes to lessons, but I noticed she was having fun learning from Lilov.  In fact, she liked it so much she offered to pay for the next lesson. Smile

  • 4 months ago


    Valeri LIlov is an exceptional chess coach.  He has a great body of knowledge that he wants to teach, but first learns your needs before deciding what needs to be covered at each point in time.  He began by reviewing my recent games and first analyzed the games with me and he developed lessons from my mistakes and weaknesses.  He listened to my thought processes and taught me new structured approaches to thinking.

    The homework assignments and later review are very instructive.  They are opening my eyes to understanding chess in a new way.

    He is brutally honest, but candidly funny.  I enjoy our time together.  

    He works very fast because there is so much he wants to cover and also takes the time to answer any question carefully.

    I had access to so many chess books and videos before that I didn't know how to proceed to continue my study.  Valeri Lilov recognized my needs and pointed me to the right materials, as well as teaching me new ways to approach study in different media.  He has given me videos to review and references to great books.

    He is Bulgarian, but speaks better English than I do.

    I can't recommend him more and look forward to many more sessions in the future.

  • 5 months ago


    Just started my first lesson with IM Valeri today, and what a blast! I'm already working on the homework assignment, and looking forward to the next session already!

  • 8 months ago


    i like his style of teaching us. He is a wonderful one of the best coaches ever

  • 8 months ago


    Valeri was a good instructor. He asked questions instead of spilling information at you. I like how he gives homework and personalized training programs instead of just coaching you for a few minutes and calling it quits. Keep up the good work!

  • 8 months ago


    I have only had one lesson with Valeri but I feel as though I have a better idea of the game and what I should be looking to do in different parts of the game. Overall he is very patient and a great teacher. I would definitely recommend.

  • 8 months ago


    Though I have had just a few lessons with Mr. Lilov I can already tell he is a very good and patient teacher, Has been very easy to communicate with via email and has always answered questions promptly. I am enjoying my lessons and look forward to many more as I look to excel at this complex game. 


    Very highly recommendCool

  • 10 months 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!

  • 10 months 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.

  • 13 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.

  • 15 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.

  • 15 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!

  • 16 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.

  • 17 months ago


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

  • 18 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!

  • 20 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.

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