Chess tutors.........

Knight_nite

Hello all,

I wondered if anyone could help me please, Ive been playing chess for a couple of years now and quite frankly Im not very good, Ive only played once over the board and other than that my only chess experience is internet based.

So I am looking for a chess tutor local to me who I can sit down with, learn from and hopefully improve.

I live close to Oswestry, in Shropshire England, its a long shot I know, however Ive been looking for sometime now so thought it has to be at least worth asking.

Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

Best regards,

Willy..............

williamn27

I suggest you try Tactics Trainer and Chess Mentor first.

Any British wants to teach this knight?

baptistpreach
I checked over a couple of your games, and 2 things will do wonders for you. First, get a good beginning chess book and second, tactics trainer. Since you've got a paid membership, you can do as much as you'd like, but make one change. Don't move until you're sure you've found the solution. No matter how long it takes you. You need to teach your brain to spot tactics, and that alone will add several hundred points of strength to you.
Knight_nite

Thanks very much for the advice, I do work through the tactics trainer, but will focus more on it in the future.

 

Many thanks again for your replies.

 

Willy..........

Knight_nite

I'm still looking for a tutor, many thanks.

Knight_nite

Keep trying, maybe one day.......

Sai

I am teaching chess to one Australian guy from home from the Philippines. Would that works for you?

 

 

username234326

I have had the same problem concerning tutors. I'm not a spring chicken and have played chess for most of my life but I don't really suppose I've ever got above "Muppet" ranking. Now I have all the time I need in order to study this game. I can study 16 hours a day, 7 days a week if I want to. The problem is, although I want to learn, I don't really know how to learn! People say "Practice makes perfect" but they are wrong. It's correct practice that makes perfect!

 

I have gone through tactics training on this site but, tbh, it hasn't helped much because I don't really know what I'm looking for or how to approach the puzzle in front of me. Then I discovered ChessNetwork's 'Beginner to Chess Master' series and his latest video is about tactics. I learnt more from that one video than I learnt from many hours doing tactics on here. The reason why? He showed me what to look for and how to spot if it's likely that tactics are available. If you want to take a look at the video it's on YouTube. Just search for "beginner to chess master #27" and you'll see what I mean. This is the kind of tutor I have been looking for.

 

I have tried to find a tutor. I've placed ads and I was prepared to pay a decent amount for the right kind of tutor but guess what? None were interested in teaching me and the only reason I can think of why they weren't interested is that I'm not an 8 year old chess prodigy with a chance to become a world champion. It's a shame really as I have so much time available now and a huge desire to learn as much about this game as I possibly can but with its generic coaching style I don't think this site can do it...not yet anyway. I need one-on-one tuition....at least to start with....before I consider studying and playing online or even otb. Unfortunately no one wants to teach me. frustrated.png

Sai
FF12GM wrote:

I have had the same problem concerning tutors. I'm not a spring chicken and have played chess for most of my life but I don't really suppose I've ever got above "Muppet" ranking. Now I have all the time I need in order to study this game. I can study 16 hours a day, 7 days a week if I want to. The problem is, although I want to learn, I don't really know how to learn! People say "Practice makes perfect" but they are wrong. It's correct practice that makes perfect!

 

I have gone through tactics training on this site but, tbh, it hasn't helped much because I don't really know what I'm looking for or how to approach the puzzle in front of me. Then I discovered ChessNetwork's 'Beginner to Chess Master' series and his latest video is about tactics. I learnt more from that one video than I learnt from many hours doing tactics on here. The reason why? He showed me what to look for and how to spot if it's likely that tactics are available. If you want to take a look at the video it's on YouTube. Just search for "beginner to chess master #27" and you'll see what I mean. This is the kind of tutor I have been looking for.

 

I have tried to find a tutor. I've placed ads and I was prepared to pay a decent amount for the right kind of tutor but guess what? None were interested in teaching me and the only reason I can think of why they weren't interested is that I'm not an 8 year old chess prodigy with a chance to become a world champion. It's a shame really as I have so much time available now and a huge desire to learn as much about this game as I possibly can but with its generic coaching style I don't think this site can do it...not yet anyway. I need one-on-one tuition....at least to start with....before I consider studying and playing online or even otb. Unfortunately no one wants to teach me. 

 In real game, nobody will tell you what to look for. Practice really makes perfect. You try every thing you can then choose what you feel is best for you. Then later you will realize that those things to thought were good are actually bad and then you go find another. Learning is not a night thing, its a life's journey.

 

I learned chess by playing and studying every day. And with rigid self training I can now play one game of blindfold chess.

IpswichMatt

Have you tried the coaches who advertise on this site?

username234326

Not yet, Matt. I first tried to get someone local (ie 50 mile radius) so I could literally sit down with them rather than use Skype or some other medium. I guess the next step is to branch out and look for an online tutor.

IpswichMatt

With regards to tactics training, one frequently recommended approach is to focus on a fixed set of fairly simple problems until you know them extremely well. For example, see:

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/i-finally-learned-how-to-study-tactics-right-and-finally-improved-my-rating

This approach is recommended by super-coach Dan Heisman and others.

Of course, you could mix this with doing harder problems too.

 

SeniorPatzer
Sai wrote:
FF12GM wrote:

I have had the same problem concerning tutors. I'm not a spring chicken and have played chess for most of my life but I don't really suppose I've ever got above "Muppet" ranking. Now I have all the time I need in order to study this game. I can study 16 hours a day, 7 days a week if I want to. The problem is, although I want to learn, I don't really know how to learn! People say "Practice makes perfect" but they are wrong. It's correct practice that makes perfect!

 

I have gone through tactics training on this site but, tbh, it hasn't helped much because I don't really know what I'm looking for or how to approach the puzzle in front of me. Then I discovered ChessNetwork's 'Beginner to Chess Master' series and his latest video is about tactics. I learnt more from that one video than I learnt from many hours doing tactics on here. The reason why? He showed me what to look for and how to spot if it's likely that tactics are available. If you want to take a look at the video it's on YouTube. Just search for "beginner to chess master #27" and you'll see what I mean. This is the kind of tutor I have been looking for.

 

I have tried to find a tutor. I've placed ads and I was prepared to pay a decent amount for the right kind of tutor but guess what? None were interested in teaching me and the only reason I can think of why they weren't interested is that I'm not an 8 year old chess prodigy with a chance to become a world champion. It's a shame really as I have so much time available now and a huge desire to learn as much about this game as I possibly can but with its generic coaching style I don't think this site can do it...not yet anyway. I need one-on-one tuition....at least to start with....before I consider studying and playing online or even otb. Unfortunately no one wants to teach me. 

 In real game, nobody will tell you what to look for. Practice really makes perfect. You try every thing you can then choose what you feel is best for you. Then later you will realize that those things to thought were good are actually bad and then you go find another. Learning is not a night thing, its a life's journey.

 

I learned chess by playing and studying every day. And with rigid self training I can now play one game of blindfold chess.

 

Have you noticed whether your OTB play has improved because you can play blindfold chess now?

Sai
SeniorPatzer wrote:

 

Have you noticed whether your OTB play has improved because you can play blindfold chess now?

Been able to play blindfold for around a year now. And yes, my games, both online and otb improved. Not "exponentially" though but I am amazed of my own personal development. To put in my own words, "satisfied" with what I have achieved so far.

 

Blindfold is just another tool, like tactics, in the game of chess. Without understanding of the different principles and strategies one cannot use blindfold abilities to the fullest.

SeniorPatzer
Sai wrote:
SeniorPatzer wrote:

 

Have you noticed whether your OTB play has improved because you can play blindfold chess now?

Been able to play blindfold for around a year now. And yes, my games, both online and otb improved. Not "exponentially" though but I am amazed of my own personal development. To put in my own words, "satisfied" with what I have achieved so far.

 

Blindfold is just another tool, like tactics, in the game of chess. Without understanding of the different principles and strategies one cannot use blindfold abilities to the fullest.

 

Well, I think if you can play blindfolded, then it's bound to improve your tactics and calculation ability.  

Sai
SeniorPatzer wrote:

Well, I think if you can play blindfolded, then it's bound to improve your tactics and calculation ability.  

Indeed. It also kind of increased your chess training time. As I can analyze a position while doing office works.

ryaliu
Well, maybe you should spend more time.