smalugu
Joined
Mar 23, 2008
Last Online
12 hrs ago
Views
22,456
Followers
68
Points
190
Titled Player
National Master
Diamond Member
Since May 21, 2009
Chess.com Coach

Currently, I am a passive chess player, I play one or two tournaments per year when i get a chance. 

I started learning chess at 11 years of age and became serious and had a full time coach from 13. My coaches inculcated in me a growth mindset and attacking play. So my peak chess performance was reached in about 3 years of professional stint. I played mostly in Andhra Pradesh (combined then), India and I was the state championships in Under-14, Under-15, Under-19 and state official championships. 

I continued playing semi-professionally after joining college and won several collegiate and University championships. I was the captain for the Andhra university and our team got into top 10. During this period I also started coaching other students and a kid who I coached won national under-7 championship. 

Coaching style

While I coach at various levels my skill and passion shines for committed players who want to compete in tournaments. My focus in teaching will be on practical OTB play with analysis of previous games and retrospection. I teach skills that avoid making blunders and improvement from each serious tournament game. I specialize in middle game and attacking style because I believe this brings rapid development. 

I am a firm believer the game of chess teaches both mental stability and analytical ability. It brings about confidence, sportsmanship and at the same time develops work ethic. My coach has this favorite quote, "even if the opponent is a world champion, he has the same set of pieces and has to work with the same rules to defeat you". You are in control of your game, its a great equalizer. 

Currently my focus is on teaching my young son and hence my rates are very low because he accompanies me during the class. 

A quote from a 12 yr old student's parent "Thanks to your coaching, he has been showing more interest in chess than anything else so far"