IM Petronijevic Zoran

Target Students:

All Skill Levels

About Me:

Hi, I am an IM and professional chess coach.

Author of CD CAR0-KANN B13-B14 published by Chessbase.


Training focus:


    Special training methods based on analysis of students’ games and individual approach to every student. Making a complete player (opening repertoire, middlegame, endgame, preparation for tournaments, psychological preparation etc.) 

    Opening preparation (general principles of playing opening, as well as creating a repertoire that suits player's style of playing). In particular: The Caro-Kann, The French Defence, The Sicilian Defence, The Pirc Defence, The Queen’s gambit…


    Deep analysis of games with recommendations how to correct bad chess sides and improve good chess sides.


    Endgame preparation.


  • 5 months ago


    Here's my review of Zoran as a teacher and coach.


    1. Dirt cheap--in a good way. No one else reviewing thus far has put a number on his rates (is it taboo or something?), so I won't either, except to say that even FMs charge 2-3x what he does, and this guy's got a 2400+ rating.

    2. Homework. Some teachers just go over your games for the whole lesson, or play over a master game for you. Thanks, but I've already got Stockfish and more games collections than I need. Zoran actually brings you through concepts and then--wonder of wonders--gives you practice material afterwards. +1 for that.

    3. Endgame skills. The guy literally wrote an entire encyclopedia on pawn endgames alone. I went from hating them to liking them, and that's no mean feat.

    4. Language. Obviously he speaks Serbian, and his English is good also. That's enough for me; you'd have to ask him how his Russian is.

    5. Insight into International-level Competitions. Probably not important for 98% of you, but I'm closing in the FM title [OTB, guys, don't look at my casual online performance here as any indication! Smile] and I'm young enough to shoot for more, so working with someone who has that perspective is a good thing. I doubt I'd get the same level of instruction from some local NM who's barely stronger than I am.


    1. Annotating your games. After every major tournament we go over my games, and his annotations are a little too sparse for my taste, and they aren't anything I couldn't get from an engine anyway. I want someone to suggest alternative plans and critique the finer points of style, not do basic blunder-checking.

    Other notes:

    1. He usually does lessons on the playchess server, but if you don't have an account there, it's no problem, just ask him about it.

    2. He'll go over opening theory with you if you request it (and especially before major tournaments), and he'll suggest lines on the spot as you work together to build a repertoire. He won't just give you some canned lines that you may or may not like, and if a line you want to play doesn't work well, he'll show you why.

    3. Often he arrives 5-10 minutes late for a lesson... BUT he often stays 30 minutes beyond the end time, so you're actually getting more lesson than you should. (I suspect he's only ever late because the last lesson ran over so much... he really loves what he does Smile .)

    4. I improved 300 ELO points in a year and a half with him (for reference, my age range is 18-25 and I'd been playing chess for a few years before this). I can't say whether it was because I finally got serious about chess, whether it was because I got a coach, or because Zoran is so good, but it's something to think about anyway.


    Conclusion: Recommended, fully!

  • 12 months ago


    Hi to all chess enthusiasts,

    My name is Miro, Zoran has been my trainer for many months and i can happily say that starting lessons with Zoran was the best thing i could have done for my chess improvement.

    Now my playing strenght has improved hundreds of ELO points and i do easily beat players that before i wasn't even dreaming of. ( only two weaks ago i got my best win ever against a player of 2120 points in a league game).

    If you want to improve and are considering to get a coach i would definitely recomend Zoran as :

    his rates are very reasonable (other masters would charge you double or more for same service) and we always go over time as Zoran  absolutley wants to finish the topis and make sure that i understand it..

    he analyzes my games and adjusts our lessons to work on my weaknesses   ( not an easy task :-) ) and sends me homeworks as well

    Zoran is a full time coach and i really think that he enjoys what he does which is most important..

    He makes me work very hard in every lesson and i'm really looking for our lessons!!

    If you have any questions just contact me or check out my profile or better contact Zoran as he is very friendly and competent person...

    I can honestly say that as a trainer Zoran is ideal, there might be better players out there but it doesn't mean they better trainers ( on the contrary).

    Have fun and fight ( on the board )

  • 18 months ago


    Здраво Зоране, да ли бисте хтели да ми будете онлајн тренер?

  • 2 years ago


    Me too.

  • 2 years ago


    I am very happy to have Zoran as a coach :)

  • 2 years ago


    Zoran is my chess coach since more than a year and has become a good friend. He helped me to improve my play and my understanding in every area of the game. He is a very devoted coach who works hard for his students and always answer to questions - and mine are many. He has a deep understanding of chess (both middlegames, endgames and opening) and you can be sure you'll learn whatever is your level if you choose him as your coach. He is a very kind person and lessons with him are a pleasure. Also as we are friends he not only try to help me in chess but also in life! I am happy to have found a great coach and I recommand you Zoran as your future coach. 

  • 2 years ago


    I have taken close to 30 lessons with Zoran and would like to say that if you want to improve your chess he is the man. Zoran will always be on time and will send you the lesson afterwards. He has an extremely reasonable rate and can help you with any aspect of your game.

  • 3 years ago


    Hello Everyone,


    I just wanted to give my 2 cents about IM Petronijevic coaching abilities etc. I have taken over 30 hours of lessons so far so I feel that I can give a reasonable opinion on his services.



    1. Zoran is a passionate teacher who gives his all for his students. I know that he takes his time in preparing his lessons for each individual student. Not one lesson is canned, each lesson that he provides is chalk full of good ideas.Also Zoran always goes over time on each lesson. I can attest to this. Zoran & I usually do a 2 hour lesson once a week & at the minimum I would say the lesson actually lasts up to 2.5 hours. Zoran never rushes you during the lesson & always asks if you have questions & makes sure you understand the topic

    2. Being a titled player obviously Zoran is strong in all facets of the game. His endgame skill in particular is very strong. If you are looking to improve your endgame play, I can assure you that you need to look no further than IM Petronijevic. He is simply the best.

    3. Zoran is a very positive fellow, Some teachers get frustrated when students do not understand a certain topic etc.. This has not been my experience with Zoran. He is positive & will explain to you his thoughts & do everything he can to help his students understand what he is trying to convey. I believe this is most important when trying to learn.

    4. Affordability. Zoran's lessons are quite affordable when compared to other teacher on, playchess, ICC etc.. You will not find a better bang for your hard earned $ than IM Petronijevic

    5. Accessibility. Zoran is always accessible in between lessons to answer any questions or to talk with. He will answer any questions that you have.

    6. Lingustic Ability. Zoran is fluent in several langauges. For his English Speaking students, Zoran's command of the language is fine.



    1. Zoran does not use Skype. Some students may prefer Skype & this may bother them a bit. On the other hand, Zoran is a really fast typer & he also goes over the alotted time for the lesson so this does make up for it.

    2. Slowness with homework. Zoran always gives homework & a CNV or PGN file with a review of the lesson. Sometimes Zoran is a little slow in getting this to you. Usually takes a couple of days. If you remind him, he will send it right away though. He has a lot of students online so sometimes he gets backed up.




    I give IM Petronijevic my highest recommendation. He is a good instructor & a good person. If you listen to his teachings & apply them, I can assure you from my own experience you will show tremendous improvement over time. If anyone has any questions about IM Petronijevic please drop me a line & I can answer them.

  • 3 years ago


    What's striking about Zoran's approach is that he is really dedicated to make you progress and find the chess player in you.

    His high level of chess technique and culture really helps us to learn, progress and reach our best level.

    He's great with high level players and excellent for us middle players that want to progress simply because we love chess.

    So thanks for being there Zoran !!!

  • 3 years ago


    This is my review for Zoran Petronijevic. He asked me to write something, but I could write whatever I wanted, and I'm not getting anything extra for it (it's just my real opinion).

    So I am 30 years old, but have only been playing official chess since last year. Zoran has been my coach since January and it looks like I will be jumping almost 200 rating points on the next list from 16 to 1800. Zoran has played a really big part in achieving this.

    He is a professional(it's his full time job) and very experienced coach. He will first look at your games and find out your strenghts and weaknesses and than will help you improve both. Of course he is no magician, and getting better in chess is never easy, but if you listen to his advice and take his lessons seriously, you will for sure improve. 

    His method consists of analyzing your own games and than he also has a huge amount of lessons on almost everything you can think of (openings/endings/and a fantastic selection of instructive games about other topics). He also lets you learn actively, meaning you have to search for moves and he will give feedback on your suggestions, a very good way to learn.

    Of course, he is a human being and not perfect so there are also some lesser points. He doesn't use skype, so every communication goes by typing. This means that lessons probably are at a slower pace than someone who uses skype, but I think the time he takes for a lesson makes up for this. I would say I rarely had a lesson during just 1 hour, 1,5 hour is probably the average time for our lessons. Also, it happens that he is a bit late for a lesson(like 10 minutes), although this might just be because I tend to take lessons in the morning (european time).

    If you are wondering about his pricing, I can tell you it is very reasonable and you will have to look long and hard to find other coaches of his level working at his rate. 

    So all in all, Zoran is a really good coach for a really good price. And if you follow his lessons, it's almost a certainty that you'll be a better player with a greater appreciation for chess than before.

    I can also tell you that working with a coach is just the best and probably fastest way to improve in chess. 

  • 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

  • 3 years ago


    hi i am in the 1100 so ,i dont know if i am in the target range but i know the basic rules about chess but not good strategy i just memorise other people and try to use that

    please help (i might not be able to pay) it would really help thanks

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    Zoran is not only my teacher, he is my trainer and mentor. I have classes with him since a few months ago, but the chess knowlegde that I have now improved a lot since I knew him. 

    He have amazing teaching skills and he is very good annalyser too. 

    Other thing I like him is that he don´t impose his style of playing to his students, on the contrary, he helps you to develop your style of playing. Now I´m not more a passive player, I fight for the initiative too. This was my real style of playing, I only didn´t knew that.

    He knows the classical games (Petrosian, Karpov, etc) very well but the moderns by Carlsen, Kramnik, Nakamura, etc too, and he divides his own annalysis and impressions of the games with you.

    If you want to improve your chess habilities choose Zoran as you chess trainer and you will be the right way for sure. 

  • 4 years ago



    I would be interested in having private coaching. Can you explain how this takes place and what the cost is?

    Thank you

  • 4 years ago


    Review of Zoran Petronijevic

    Zoran Petronijevic is a great coach. In this review I will explain to you why in 5 ways. First I will explain why you should listen to my advice. Next, I will tell you why you should choose Zoran over the many other coaches out there. Then, I will give you specific reasons why Zoran's lessons are so great. Fourthly, I will tell you how my results as a player have improved since working with Zoran. Lastly, in an effort to be totally honest with you, I will let you know any possible negatives.

    1) How can I help you choose the best coach?

    When you find a review from somone that has only taken lessons from one coach, it doesn't give you enough information to make a decision. They might give a positive review, but they wouldn't know how their coach compares with other coaches in quality and price. So you would know they are good, but you wouldn't know how they compare to others. I have taken lessons from many coaches from national master all the way up to strong grandmaster, and coaches from all price ranges. So I have a lot of experience in selecting a coach. Finding the right coach takes time and money, and I hope I can help you make the right decision right away. When I selected my first coach I thought I would just go after the best coach possible. I got a strong GM coach who was towards the top of the pay scale for online coaches. Of course he was good, but it was very costly. After a couple years I had to stop taking lessons due to financial reasons. After a few years without lessons I decided I wanted a new coach. I contacted many coaches in the price range I was comfortable with. I took a few lessons from each of them so I could find the best combination of coaching skill and affordability. I found a couple decent options but continued my search looking for just the right one. As soon as I found Zoran I knew he was the right one.

    2)How does Zoran compare to other coaches?

    In this section I am going to compare Zoran to other coaches by quality of instruction and pricing. I will go into specific details about his lessons in part 3.

    I know that most people's concerns with getting a coach is the price. There are coaches who charge 50 dollars/hour and even more as you go up the rating ladder of coaches. You can contact Zoran for specific pricing, but I can tell you that his prices are extremely reasonable for his rating level and experience as a coach. Is it possible to find a cheaper coach? When I searched for coaches, I found a few, but not many! Some of the cheaper coaches were also IM's like he is, but in those cases their teaching ability was noticibly lower quality than Zoran's. There are also some cases of cheaper coaches that are much weaker in chess understanding than Zoran. So of all the coaches that I contacted that I considered "cheap", Zoran was the most experienced and best teacher by far.

    How about his coaching ability? He has at least 25 years experience as a coach and it really shows. He is very well organized with his lessons and he really knows how to teach. Lessons with the other coaches I tried didn't impress me because I didn't feel like I needed to pay a strong player to teach me what they were showing me. For example many of them would do opening lessons. I don't need to pay a titled player hundreds of dollars just to learn theory, I wanted to improve my chess understanding first. With Zoran he will make sure you have a good chess undeerstanding and knowledge before building your opening repetoir. Also by not building you an opening repetoir immediately he can get to know your style and choose the best repertoir for you later. With other coaches there were also some lessons where they would show some random position and show you what to do. Ok, that's helpful but it didn't seem very systematic. It was just bouncing around from topic to topic. Zoran is an experienced coach so he seems to have figured out the best order to show topics. On this way I feel like I am learning without having any gaps in knowledge.

    3) What makes Zoran's lessons so great?

    Now that you know why Zoran is better than other coaches, it's time for me to tell you why in more detail. As I already mentioned, he is an experienced coach so he has developed a good structure for the lessons. Does that mean he just has stock lessons that he gives everyone? Not really. He does have stock lessons for topics that are relevant to anyone, such as pawn endings. He probably shows those lessons to all of his students. However, he also personalizes the lessons to the needs of the student. For example, If you need to work on defense, he will show you games that will improve you in that area. Also, if you would like specific lessons you can request them. When I first started he asked me what I wanted to do. I told him that I would just trust him and allowed him to teach me anything he liked. He saw my games so he knew what I needed to do to improve. So I started to follow his recommended lessons for me. However, whenever I wanted to I could request a specific lesson. For example if you have a tournament coming up you can have him help you prepare. Or if you would like to learn a certain opening. Or if you want to work on a particular part of the game such as endings, etc. So there is a general structure to the lessons, but you have control over what you want to learn. He also makes analyzing your own games an important part of your chess routine. He will analyze your games for very reasonable fee. I haven't been able to find anyone that will do it for less than him, and he does an excellent job. You just send him your tournament games and he will send them back to you in chessbase files. They include a lot of word annotations, variations, and arrows and circles to illustrate key ideas in the game. This is a great resource to utilize in addition to regular lessons. I think this is one of the best values for your money in chess!

    Some other points. With most coaches being from a country that you're not from, sometimes they have trouble communicating quickly in english. Zoran is from Serbia but he speaks English perfectly fine, I've never had trouble understanding him. There's another issue that I find important. With a lot of coaches, at the start of the lesson they will chat with you and ask you about your life, and as soon as your 1 hour is up they immediately stop the lesson and stop in the middle even if you're not quite finished. Then you a bit ripped off since you spent 5 minutes of your lesson chatting and they wouldn't even stay 5 more minutes to finish the lesson, and now you payed to chat with them. This makes me feel like they are doing lessons just for business and really aren't interesting in teaching you. At the start of the lesson Zoran will also chat with you and see how you are doing, but this won't come out of your lesson time. If you hit the end of the lesson and you're not quite finished, he will stay and finish the lesson with you. If you ask a question at the end he will answer it instead of waiting until next time when the clock is running. So you can really tell that he is interested in teaching his students. This is more than a job to him, it is a pleasure for him to teach his students to play better chess.

    4) What has Zoran done for me as a player?

    Since individual results will vary, I won't say too much about my acomplishments. I'll just say that in working with him for a couple years I've increased several hundred rating points. When I started working with him I hadn't won any of my local tournaments, and shortly after working with him I got my first win. Now I have at least 10-15 tournament wins! I'm not even a particularly hard worker, this was done with Zoran's help and minimal effort. You can achieve even more if you work harder than I did. With Zoran your potential is only limited by the amount of work you are willing to put in. You can achieve whatever level you want with him if you work hard enough! 

    5) Are there any negatives?

    When Zoran asked me to write a review of him he asked me to be completely honest and if he did something bad I should say it. I thought about this for a while and I could only think of one thing and it's not even that bad of a negative. Earlier I mentioned that Zoran will annotate your games. They are a great value for your money and are very high quality, however the slight negative is that sometimes they can be a little bit slow to get back to you. After you see his analysis you will see how great it is and then every time afterwords you will be eagerly awaiting it. After I send off my games I can hardly wait to see his analysis of it and I find myself checking my email constantly waiting for it to appear, and sometimes when it is taking a while it is hard to be patient. It's like a kid a week before Christmas trying to wait to open presents! To be fair, many times he is very fast with them, this only happens occassionally. Also, one of the main reasons why they can be delayed is that he works really hard on them, and you can easily tell that by looking at the end product. He really takes his time and makes sure his analyis is good before giving them back to you. So I always prefer quality over speed, so that's why I said that this negative is not even that bad. I had to try really hard to find a criticism of Zoran, and honestly this is the only one I could think of. Like I mentioned above, having Zoran analyze your games is the best value for your money in chess! When I only have enough money for lessons or game analysis, I always choose game analsis. So don't let this scare you off of this service, it's great!

    So let me summarize my 5 points. (1) I am very qualified to give advice on choosing an instructor as I have tried many coaches of wide skill levels and prices. (2) Zoran compares very favorably to other coaches. He has the teaching ability of a high priced instructor and the price of much weaker coaches. Zoran is by far the best value for the money, no doubt about it! (3) Zoran's lessons are great as a result of his many years of coaching experience. He has a good lesson structure for the basic core knowledge, as well as giving the student individualized lessons when necessary or upon request. (4) Zoran has helped me greatly as a chess player. He has improved understanding a lot, and my rating and results have been great since working with him. (5) Zoran is not perfect and has negatives, but I could only think of one, and one that was very minimal. As you now know there are many more positives, and I didn't even put them all in this review since it is long enough already!

    So I can highly recommend Zoran Petronijevic as your chess coach! You really should give him a try for a few lessons. At the very least contact him and see what he has to say! If this review sparks your interest in Zoran and you contact him, please let him know that Scott's review is what brought you to him. I am not receiving any compensation for referring students. However, after all the great things he has done for me, I would like to repay the favor to him by helping him get a new student. So I would appreciate it if you mention me when contacting him so he knows that this review was your reason for contacting him. Thanks!

  • 4 years ago


    I am another one of Zoran's happy and satisfied students. Currently i am just shy of 2200 elo and I know that Zoran can help me reach my chess goals and deepen my understanding. I have tried many different coaches, and have never stayed with them beyond a few lessons. However, since meeting Zoran, I have been his student for over a year and still plan on having him as my coach. He is simply a fantastic teacher who genuinely cares about his pupils- something that was missing from the other coaches. He welcomes email questions outside of lesson time, and has often gone over the alloted lesson time in order to finish a topic and make sure I understand the lesson. Zoran provides homework material as well as files for what he taught that lesson and additional study material/annotated games. This really is excellent value considering his already very reasonable rates for a teacher of his experience and level. Zoran also gave guidance on what to study and how to study outside of his lessons for the keen student that has plenty of time on his hands.

    Prospective students need not worry about language proficiency- Zoran is very fluent in English- which is not always the case for some other European coaches I have worked with in the past. Zoran's chess knowledge is very deep and I know he can teach me lots- I just try to absorb as much as possible. He also has discussed with me tournament psychology and guidelines when at the board, which has definitely helped my results. 

    In short, Zoran was the first coach (after much shopping around) that was everything I was looking for. He is genuinely interested in his pupil's chess development, and not simply trying to make money by giving you test positions you can get out of a book (really, some onlien coaches jsut do that all lesson!). Zoran engages you in his lessons and he understands pedagogical methods well. He was able to identify my weak areas and my strengths to devise a lesson plan. I highly recommend Zoran to everyone and am confident he will not disappoint you. 

  • 4 years ago


    Zoran is the greatest teacher I have ever known. He is always fun and informative. I trust everything he tells me. He knows his stuff and can make it so even I can understand it. He has really helped my chess game and my appreciation of chess. Thanks Zoran.

  • 4 years ago


    Zoran is a fantastic teacher. He is always on time, answers all questions during and after lessons and actually cares about your progress in chess. His prices are also very reasonable and he regularly goes over the allotted lesson time until he has finished the topic completely.

    He is extremely experienced as a chess coach and this is evident from his teaching style. One of his best qualities as a coach is his unfailing honesty – unlike some coaches who guarantee an improvement of X rating points in a year, Zoran never makes such ludicrous and dishonest claims.

    If you are looking to improve your chess, you could do a lot worse than investing in chess lessons with IM Petronijevic!

  • 5 years ago


    This is a very good coach for a very reasonable price. He doesn't do it only for the money, he really loves chess!

    Very good to prepare any opening you would like and even better in middlegame and endgame in wich he really is an expert. He is also much better then his 2405 rating. He doesn't plays much games anymore, otherwise certainly above 2550.

    Very often he finds much better moves then any engine would find!

    He will make your understanding of chess much better and after certain lessons, your results and rating will certainly increase!

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