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 42 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'm permanently retired from competitive chess since 2015 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 mostly 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 (£30)
Training games with summary afterwards and recommended improvement ideas is $30 per hour
If the lesson or training session goes over the allotted time, as it often does, there will never be any request for additional payment, or anything of that sort, so you don't have to worry on that side of things, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the lesson. ( Well, don't relax too much, chess is difficult )
Game annotation/analysis: $18 per game. Not generally available at the moment due to my current heavy-schedule. However feel free to send me a message if you're looking for this, and I can advise further.
Face to face coaching in London or Surrey is £50 per session, for elsewhere in UK, send me a message with some details.
In the meantime, good luck with your chess :-)
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