Jun 20, 2009
Last Online
8 hrs ago
Titled Player
Diamond Member
Since Jun 21, 2009
Chess.com Coach

Hi everyone!

I am GM Steven Zierk from San Jose, California. I am a longtime tournament player and coach.

 If you enjoy chess, I highly recommend giving Arimaa a try at arimaa.com, where yours truly was a World Championship finalist!

I learned how to play chess when I was six. After winning the 2010 World Youth Under 18 Championship I took some time off chess to study Math and Computer Science at MIT. Since then I have returned to chess to complete my GM title which I achieved in 2018. I am still playing ambitiously with the current goal of reaching the top 100.

I have taught dozens of students over the past decade with strengths ranging from 1000 to strong IM level. My coaching philosophy is based on weak point training - identifying where a player is struggling through game analysis and play, then developing a concrete plan to fix those weaknesses. My rate for lessons is $90/hour.

If you are interested please send me a message here or email me at zierkchess@gmail.com.