Hi! I'm James Coleman from London, England, 40 years old, and have been playing chess since I was 7. I've competed in many international tournaments around the world and experienced all the highs and lows that go with it.
I'm now retired from competitive chess.
For the last 15 years I've been a chess professional - primarily as a coach but I've also worked at some of the major tournaments, such as the London Chess Classic, and the 2000 and 2004 world Championship matches. Finally, I have a regular column in England's most popular chess magazine where I write various strategic articles.
As a coach I've worked with people from all ages and backgrounds, online as well as face to face, and I believe the key to improvement is enjoying the game and setting realistic goals. I'm completely self-taught in chess so I know what sort of study methods don't work well, and can help you avoid these pitfalls. So, whether you're simply in a bit of a rut or you want to make serious progress I'm available to help you reach your goals. Feel free to get in touch. Both online, as well as in-person coaching is available. I usually try to respond to messages very quickly, and will usually get back to you within a couple of hours.
Online lessons are $40/hr. Other services are also available eg. training games with a summary/conclusion afterwards, or any other type of training you wish to do.
In the meantime, good luck with your chess :-)