Chess coaches?

mjharris77
SecretGm3 wrote:

You seem not learn well from chess books. Statement of unwillingness to learn. A good chess coach is someone who has a vast knowledge  on chess books. Chess books that he tried himself. Bad coaches only base on book reviews from others. So student of any level won't waste their time training.

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santiagomagno15

Well, there is only one way to know and it is doing it, I am giving a free lesson via skype, if you want just message me

SecretGm3

You said, "I seem not learn well from chess books". That statement reflects that you are unwilling to learn and improve your chess. In chess, if you do only what you want your level stays there. 

mjharris77
SecretGm3 wrote:

You said, "I seem not learn well from chess books". That statement reflects that you are unwilling to learn and improve your chess. In chess, if you do only what you want your level stays there. 

I don't see how. I just think a coach would give better structure to the learning. That's kind of why I'm not that big a fan of lessons on here. The lessons themselves are good, I just never know which course to look at. That and the ratings seem too high to me, my lesson rating is like 1700. If the book had a structure that would be better, but again it wouldn't be tailored to anyone in particular.

For instance, I know what forks, pins, skewers, double attacks, discovered attacks etc are, but knowing what something is and seeing them in an actual game are different, and as I said most of my live games seem lost through blunders. Sorry if I've misunderstood or anything. meh.png

SecretGm3

Your point is valid. There are  thousands of chess books in the market. Look  for a chess coach who has a vast knowledge of chess books.  A coach must know which books are bad and which books are extremely helpful. And the coach must know how to efficiently structure to serve as lessons according to your level. Beware aware not all expensive chess coaches are good coaches.

mjharris77
SecretGm3 wrote:

Your point is valid. There are  thousands of chess books in the market. Look  for a chess coach who has a vast knowledge of chess books.  A coach must know which books are bad and which books are extremely helpful. And the coach must know how to efficiently structure to serve as lessons according to your level. Beware aware not all expensive chess coaches are good coaches.

Thanks. I agree, that was my point and as I expected. happy.png

mjharris77

How would you say a coach compares to learning through video lessons and courses? I've seen video courses that you have to pay for online, but I'm not sure if it's worth it or if it'll work for me, but it would be a lot cheaper than a coach. For example I've found a course by IM Anna Rudolf (I think it's called the master method) for about £60, which would only pay for about 3 hours from a coach, but the course is 17 hours or so, thus is significantly cheaper.

IMBacon
mjharris77 wrote:

How would you say a coach compares to learning through video lessons and courses? I've seen video courses that you have to pay for online, but I'm not sure if it's worth it or if it'll work for me, but it would be a lot cheaper than a coach. For example I've found a course by IM Anna Rudolf (I think it's called the master method) for about £60, which would only pay for about 3 hours from a coach, but the course is 17 hours or so, thus is significantly cheaper.

Videos - Passive Learning is fine.  It just doesnt replace a coach - Active Learning.  Videos, software, and the like do not answer any questions someone may have.  A coach, while more expensive, is there to answer any questions, and explain any "why" someone may have. 

mjharris77
IMBacon wrote:
mjharris77 wrote:

How would you say a coach compares to learning through video lessons and courses? I've seen video courses that you have to pay for online, but I'm not sure if it's worth it or if it'll work for me, but it would be a lot cheaper than a coach. For example I've found a course by IM Anna Rudolf (I think it's called the master method) for about £60, which would only pay for about 3 hours from a coach, but the course is 17 hours or so, thus is significantly cheaper.

Videos - Passive Learning is fine.  It just doesnt replace a coach - Active Learning.  Videos, software, and the like do not answer any questions someone may have.  A coach, while more expensive, is there to answer any questions, and explain any "why" someone may have. 

Yep. Videos are one way as you can't ask questions I agree. Also recently I've seen a few videos where it's been like here's a position try to find the best move, like a tactics puzzle, and whilst I understand the answer I never get it in the time given.

Plus it gets kinda disheartening when people say things like it's easy to improve and I'm sat here thinking no it isn't. Sometimes it feels like people think anyone below a certain rating is stupid or something and chess is somehow easy to get better at or be good at in general.

IMBacon
mjharris77 wrote:
IMBacon wrote:
mjharris77 wrote:

How would you say a coach compares to learning through video lessons and courses? I've seen video courses that you have to pay for online, but I'm not sure if it's worth it or if it'll work for me, but it would be a lot cheaper than a coach. For example I've found a course by IM Anna Rudolf (I think it's called the master method) for about £60, which would only pay for about 3 hours from a coach, but the course is 17 hours or so, thus is significantly cheaper.

Videos - Passive Learning is fine.  It just doesnt replace a coach - Active Learning.  Videos, software, and the like do not answer any questions someone may have.  A coach, while more expensive, is there to answer any questions, and explain any "why" someone may have. 

Yep. Videos are one way as you can't ask questions I agree. Also recently I've seen a few videos where it's been like here's a position try to find the best move, like a tactics puzzle, and whilst I understand the answer I never get it in the time given.

Plus it gets kinda disheartening when people say things like it's easy to improve and I'm sat here thinking no it isn't. Sometimes it feels like people think anyone below a certain rating is stupid or something and chess is somehow easy to get better at or be good at in general.

I wouldn't worry about how long it takes you to solve something.  The main idea of studying is to improve.  With improvement, speed will follow.  As far as what others think?  Its an opinion, and e all have one.

mjharris77

Thanks. And I meant I've seen things such as when people post games for others to analyse and they might be rated 1200 or so, and people will say you played awfully etc. I don't interract with said threads but I'm kind of thinking that that may be true but there's no need to be so critical etc. I don't think people play badly on purpose, I certainly don't.

IMBacon
mjharris77 wrote:

Thanks. And I meant I've seen things such as when people post games for others to analyse and they might be rated 1200 or so, and people will say you played awfully etc. I don't interract with said threads but I'm kind of thinking that that may be true but there's no need to be so critical etc. I don't think people play badly on purpose, I certainly don't.

Well yea...being a jerk just to be a jerk.  Thats uncalled for.

mjharris77

Similar to the idea of video courses, has anyone tried the year long video courses by GM Mesgen Amanov, his site being improve my chess? It's $57 a month, so it's expensive compared to other courses but cheaper than a coach, but at the same time as you say it is passive not active as you can't ask questions. Saying that it does seem thorough (the whole thing is I think an hour a week, I'm not sure). I've got the free trial which is 3 lessons, and I like his style and clarity, I'm just unsure what others think or if it's worth it for the cost.

CMmauricio

https://www.chess.com/member/cmmauricio yo soy entrenador si alguien esta interesado! happy.png

mjharris77
CMmauricio wrote:

https://www.chess.com/member/cmmauricio yo soy entrenador si alguien esta interesado!

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CMmauricio

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CMmauricio

and english

mjharris77

Thanks, but at the moment I'm not actively seeking a coach, more asking questions about how they work and what's involved etc. happy.png

CMmauricio

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