Ankit GajwaNew Delhi, India
Hi there! I am Ankit Gajwa, a FIDE Master with a FIDE Elo of 2302 from India.
Along with an active chess player, i am also an experienced Chess coach. I have experimented with various tools and techniques of coaching and learning based on the theories of learning sciences and have developed a training regime that works very well in development of skills required to become a better Chess player.
My training methods are based on approaches of active learning which includes -
1 - An in depth analysis of one's own games - This is very important in development of a student's analytical abilities and individuality in thought process.
2 - Solving of thematic positions based on the Strengths and weaknesses of the Students - Selected and targeted primarily for reduction of weaknesses and development of strengths of the pupil. e.g - A student weak in calculating forcing lines would benefit tremendously by solving chess compositions while a student who feels clueless in non forcing positions would benefit by solving positions from the games of Karpov, Smyslov etc.
3 - Understanding and reflecting upon the thought processes of masters through analysis of classics and fragments of important games - Very high in priority since it is instrumental in pattern formation which our subconscious relies on.
4 - Developing an understanding of typical structures - Especially those falling under a Student's repertoire although my primary target is to impart knowledge of all the major structures to the student.
5 - Development of an opening repertoire according to the style and preferences of the student - Many players suffer because the openings they play are not in sync with their style of play. It is important that the student has a good knowledge and understanding of the openings he is playing, but even more important is that he likes and enjoys the positions he is playing! My method of developing an opening repertoire is based on this very fact.
6 - Imparting knowledge of the "Essentials" - I have segregated the learning process into 2 parts - a) Development of skill and b) Development of knowledge. Although development of skill is the toughest part and the part i focus on, it is vitally important that a chess player has knowledge of the essentials as well. An example could be the basics of endgames (Lucena position, Vancura position, Philidor's position, Rook bishop vs rook etc ). Basics of endgame must also be accompanied by development of endgame skills but knowing the essentials is of paramount importance.
6 - Development of student's own perception of Chess - Psychology is an important part of Chess and i pay a lot of attention in dealing extensively with problems like time management, not having a clear mind before the game, playing for a certain result, external factors influencing the thought process and approach of the student etc, which are quite common and a major hurdle which must be addressed and rectified.
The most important factor that determines the rate of improvement is how the student spends his time while working alone. Which is why i keep a track and assist the students in making a plan for their training schedule
You can get in touch with me at email@example.com for any questions and inquiries regarding my coaching plan. You can also message me if you want any advises and suggestions, I would be more than happy to help!