Diamond Member
Chess.com Coach

Hi! If you are here for my chess coaching profile, please fill out the form linked below, and I will message you about my rates! I have some more coaching info deeper into my profile.


OK, if you are here for my personal profile, my name is Daniel Guel! In the past, I've written a little summary about me, but why not bullet points my facts on my profile? happy.png

  • Texas native!

  • I am 19 years old, and going to be a sophomore in college this fall

  • My current USCF rating is 1783, with a peak of 1828 (class-A level)

  • I am a self-employed chess coach, recognized by Chess.com. I also am a contractor/coach for MyChessTutor (check them out! Tell them "Daniel Guel" referred you wink.png

  • I currently live at home with my parents and six(!) siblings, though I plan to move out by myself in about a year or so, maybe with a roommate or two wink.png

  • Feel free to contact me for lessons and rates... my coaching philosophy is at the bottom of my profile, so be sure to read that as well! 

Please note I am NOT playing in leagues at this time (unless it's the Chess.com Club's League), sorry, and thanks in advance for your interest!

Also a couple of other notes (if you are reading this, good for you) ... I only will answer serious coaching inquiries. I may not reply to "Hi, please coach me". Please provide a little bit of detail for me to reply. Also, if you send me a random message, like "Hi", I may not reply, and don't take it personallyYou're welcome to chit chat with me if you are my friend or have a good question/statement, otherwise, if you message me and I don't know you, I may not reply happy.png



I first discovered chess when my parents introduced me to Chessmaster when I was 12 or 13 years old, to keep me somewhat off video games. They had a rating system though I only played against computer personalities. I got a rating of "1", and was embarrassed. I was going to get that rating up! Soon enough, I was grinding at it, and loved playing on Chessmaster! I started playing on Chess.com when I was about 1000 strength.

I started playing in scholastic tournaments. I have about 20 trophies collecting dust in my closet. Unfortunately, I've grown out of winning trophies, though they still remain memories I cherish to this day. grin.png

My first USCF rated tournament was in 2015. My rating after 25 games (when your rating is more official and not provisional) was almost 1400. Here's a timeline on when I've broken every significant rating by the hundreds:

  • 1400 -- March 2016 (at age 15 years old)
  • 1500 -- September 2016 (at age 15 years old)
  • 1600 -- December 2016 (still at age 15 years old)
  • 1700 -- September 2017 (at age 16 years old)
  • 1800 -- March 2018 (at age 17 years old)

Since then, I've kinda plateaued. As you can see, it gets harder to gain rating as your rating goes up. However, I believe I can make a comeback, as I'm still motivated, even being a "busy" college student. I see a GM chess coach online every other week, practice a little bit every day, and hope to one day break 2000... MAYBE 2200, but I feel that's a long shot. happy.png


My coaching philosophy:

  • I specialize with students rated 1000 or under, though I do take on stronger students, as high as 1400.
  • The lessons are very interactive. Discussion is key, as I can understand what the student does and doesn't understand
  • My primary emphases are tactics/calculation training, endgames, and game analysis. Lesson plans are individualized, we do not follow a universal curriculum as every student is different with their specific needs, and we strive for the hour to be as productive as possible
  • My students are encouraged to play in tournaments. We do special preparation before the tournament and rigorous analysis of the games after the tournament.
  • My lessons are generally done once per week, though I am pretty flexible as far as frequency plans go.

Note: I know my profile is kinda condensed. Working on it. happy.png