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CM JamesColeman

James Coleman

London, England
Mar 14, 2009
Last Login
27 min ago
Supporting member since Jan 7, 2012

For coaching details, read on:


Hi! I'm James Coleman from England, now 41 years old - (as much at pains me to say it) - 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 it.


Peak Ratings: FIDE 2262, ECF 223


I've said my goodbyes to competitve chess some time ago, and never ever coming back, but still enjoy throwing some pieces around online :-)

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. 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. 


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 so on, so that I know 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 happy.png


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


Game annotation/analysis is $15 per game. Including plenty of explanations and no long, useless, computer variations. Delivery time approx 3 days per game, (quicker if possible).


For face-to-face coaching rates in London or elsewhere in UK, send me a message with some details. 


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 :-)

Me playing OTB blitz:



My Interview:




YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesColemanchess


Twitch Channelhttps://www.twitch.tv/jamescolemanchess


Twitter: @JColemanChesshttps://twitter.com/JColemanChess

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