Apr 2, 2014
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Diamond Member Coach

Hi there! I am Ankit Gajwa, a FIDE Master (FM) and a licensed FIDE chess Instructor (FI) with a peak FIDE rating of 2335 from India.

Along with an active chess player, I am also an experienced chess coach. 

My method of training has worked for students of all levels, ranging from beginners to higher-rated players. Most of them have gained hundreds of FIDE rating points within a few weeks of training (one of them even won gold in a continental championship!)

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 the development of a student's analytical abilities.

2. Solving 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 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. 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 the 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.

Fees - USD 20 per hour

You can get in touch with me at for any questions and inquiries regarding my coaching plan, I would be happy to help!