JamesColeman
Diamond Member
Chess.com Coach

Not available for coaching until beginning of Sept


Hello! I'm James Coleman from England, rated 2290, (now inactive) 47 years old and I started to play chess at age 7. I’ve been a pro chess coach for 25 years.


I've competed in many international tournaments around the world, but since 2015 I have no longer played competitive chess in order to focus 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. I can usually help most intermediate players improve a bit as long as they put in some work on their own alongside the sessions.

For coaching enquiries it helps to have some info about yourself, such as how long you've been playing, OTB experience, rating, and especially your time-zone, so that we can plan the best way tailored to your individual needs.
You can also check out my recent video series for chess.com which you can find on my profile or in the lessons section. For example:
Coaching rates for online lessons: $50/1 hour or $60/1.5 hours. In British money that's £40/hr and £50/1.5hrs
Training games (no coaching) in your chosen time control $30 / £25 for 1 hour which includes a brief 5-10 minute summary additional to the hour.
Private coaching (one-to-one) in London Zones 1-6 or East Surrey is 50 per hour at your place, for elsewhere in UK, or for groups/schools etc send me a message with some details.

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

Best 3-minute Puzzle Battle Score:  https://www.chess.com/puzzles/battle/2yFP8LGYn