JamesColeman
Diamond Member
Chess.com Coach

**** My next availability for coaching is not until September 2022.  ****

If contacting me, let me know you’re aware of that happy.png 

Hi! I'm James Coleman from England, full-time chess coach, now 45 years old and I have played chess since I was 7.

I haven't played competitively since 2015, although I still enjoy a few online games. My peak ratings were FIDE 2262, ECF 223 but now I'm focussed solely on coaching. 


As a coach I believe the key to improvement is enjoying the game and setting realistic goals. I'm mostly self-taught in chess so I know what sort of study methods don't work well, and can help you avoid these pitfalls. Over the years, I’ve trained many juniors who have won national championships with their school. So, whether you're simply in a bit of a rut or you want to make serious progress I'm available to help you.

For the first lesson I would suggest an analysis of your recent slowplay games in order to pinpoint some of the main weaknesses and put together a personalised action plan to follow either with my help, or independently, depending on the sort of lesson-structure we've agreed upon.

If getting in touch, let me know some info about yourself, such as where you’re based, how long you've been playing, OTB experience, study routine, what you hope to gain from the sessions etc...

I try to respond to all messages the same day.

Online Coaching rates:

£40 / 55 USD 1 hour

£50 / 70 USD 1.5 hours


1x 5/0 blitz game, or 2x 3/0 blitz games: £5

Face-to-face coaching in the London/Surrey area also possible (enquire for rates)

Finally, if you're under 18, instead, please have your parents send me a message/email to arrange it all.


If you prefer to email, my email address: jamescoleman1976@hotmail.com