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You can get just as good without a coach as you can with a coach.
However, you will do it MUCH faster with a coach.
A good coach acts as a shortcut. Rather than you needing to spend six months in trial and error relalizing that you have a bad habit of exchanging pieces when your opponents position is more cramped a coach will look at a few of your games and point it out right away.
Case in point, I recently started playing 1. Nf3 sometimes to mix it up from 1. e4 and I wasn't really getting anywhere. I showed some games to a coach and he immediately pointed out that I wasn't playing correctly against hanging pawns.
So I looked up some games in ChessBase to see how to properly play against hanging pawns. Now I'm on my way to playing better on the white sided of those openings.
The pickles are very important for this.
I don't really agree with that...all you need are a few friends about your strength going to tourneys with you and looking over each other's games (that's what I did...and we all made it to 2100 at least). Save your money...at least until you're good enough to really merit a coach.
Then I suppose it's worth it for you. But I improved early on in leaps and bounds just by playing and reading books. And I never had a coach (I don't think there even were such things back then, at least not in America). If you don't have a lot of money to spend, I would spend it on entry fees and books rather than hiring a personal assistant.
Yeah, another one of these guys who thinks that anybody disagreeing with him is being a "wet blanket." Why don't you go give yourself another hug, Hurricane? Just because you're such a special person.
Who said it was?
That's your interpretation of things...and a decidedly narrow interpretation it is too.
Ah yes, time to pull this one out again:
I do think of me self as special, but being happy isn't bad.
Bieng happy is aweful. Happyness will get you disapointed. Also don't forget the pickles. They are better than a coach.
What the heck is "aweful"?!
awful sorry. aweful is full of awe but I want disgusting and bad.
What do you take me for, an idiot? Of course I know what "awful" is and I knew what you meant.
So you ask why? If you know what I mean then why do you ask?
If you go back far enough, "awful" used to mean "full of awe."
Both did at some point. Sarcasm is pointless because if you use it we laugh at you. Also why bother use sarcasm when you can be doing stuff. Why are we sitting at our computers arguing on a chess forum. We could be fighting for our country or other useful things but we can't sleep BECAUSE SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET IS WRONG.
Um, you're kinda weird.
See the "are we wierdos?" forum for more.
Even if you don't want to, you must. Because it turns out that we don't have free will.
Actually, you should've turned off tracking in nausea: