James ColemanLondon, England
Note: please read my full profile before contacting me about coaching, as many of the most common questions are already answered below.
Hi! I'm James Coleman from England, now 41 years old - ( so way past my prime ) - and I've been playing chess since I was 7 years old.
I've competed in many international tournaments around the world and experienced all the highs and lows that go with competitive chess.
Peak Ratings: FIDE 2262, ECF 223
I've now been retired from serious tournament chess for quite some time but still enjoy throwing some pieces around online and following the latest events :-)
For the last 20 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 several world Championship matches.
As a coach 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.
For coaching enquiries it helps to include some info about yourself, so please make your initial message relevant and include any details such as how long you've been playing, OTB experience, rating, and especially your time-zone, so that we can plan what's best for you! (I never just churn out material), I want to help you properly to become the player you know you can be
I try to respond to messages very quickly, and will usually get back to you within a couple of hours.
Online lessons with Skype are $40 per hour
Training games with summary afterwards and recommended improvement ideas is $30 per hour
Game annotation/analysis: $18 per game. Including plenty of explanations, going fully into all the typical plans for both sides and no long, useless, computer variations that you can't understand. When applicable, I will send you relevant supplementary games for extra study. Delivery time approx 3 days per game, and I can (on request) send a sample of a previous analysis before you buy so you can see what you'd get.
Analysis-lite: $12.50 per game. I focus on the main strategic mistakes both sides may have made, point out any major deviations from the best plans and provide a conclusion. Delivery time approx 2 days per game.
For face-to-face coaching rates in London or elsewhere in UK, send me a message with some details.
In the meantime, good luck with your chess :-)
Me playing OTB blitz:
Twitter: @JColemanChess : https://twitter.com/JColemanChess