To acheive a won game in chess is hard. To win the “won”
game is even harder. This is called technique in chess. My
lessons teach you technique.
I have been teaching professionally for over 40 years. It is my
view that if a player can learn the endgame well in chess then
he or she will perform well in tournaments. As a player I win
the majority of my tournament games in the endgame. I find
that even strong players are uncomfortable in this stage of the
game. My lessons are geared towards giving the student a deep
understanding of basic and advanced endgame strategies. It is a
horrible feeling to reach a won game in chess and then throw
the win away because you did not understand the winning
Openings that are best suited to your style are covered but not
dwelled upon. Before a tournament we will review your
opening setups but as a rule we do not spend a lot of time on
them. Openings are best learned from experience and books
that the serious student does on his own.
Another teaching technique of mine is to give the student a
position that is slightly superior to mine. The student is then
required to win this position against me. In these exercises I try
my best to either win, draw, or make the win as difficult as
possible. It may take the student many tries before the win is
achieved. When the win is accomplished another position with
the same theme is given to the student, but with increased
It is my belief that students learn from doing, not just listening.
If they can beat me in a slightly better position, then they
should definitely be able to win in a similar position in a
tournament against their peers. You can tell a person all day
how to swim, but until you throw him into the water he will
My lessons can sometimes be frustrating. I will quickly find
your level of play and try to build from there. I also
incorporate a lot of tournament type conditions in my lessons
in order to give the student experience in pressure. It is better
to go into tournament battle with knowledge of chess notation,
clock management, etc. than to experience it first hand at the
tournament. For example a lot of players lose in tournaments
because they are not used to score keeping or the constant
pressure of a ticking clock.
Students also bring all of their tournament games to me for
analysis. Together we review the games and try to point out all
mistakes as well as good moves. This is a great technique in
improving one's play.
My lessons are 1 hour in length and the cost is $30. Most
students take one lesson per week, while others take two
lessons per week. All of my lessons are given on the ICC. My
lessons have many parts to it. I have various positions,
combos, and exercises. Everything is geared towards teaching
you how to compete in tournaments. Whether or not you go to
tournaments is up to you. If you just want to use your
knowledge to play better online or with friends is up to you. It
is necessary knowledge that you NEED to know when you go
into a tournament game. The combos we work thru together.
We discuss the various options and explore the possibilities. In
positions I do NOT help you. You must find the answer on
your own. I will not be with you during a game and even if I
were I could not help you. I must teach you how to think chess.
The exercises are certain positions where you will always have
an advantage. Each exercise has several parts, each with
increasing difficulty. In each part you MUST win against me.
A draw will not get you credit. Once you win against me we go
to the next stage of the exercise. These exercises teach you
technique in chess. Technique in chess is the hardest thing to
learn. Technique means winning a won game. All great players
have good technique. When your opponent is losing he is at his
In all parts I NEVER let a student win. The student must earn
it. You may be one move away from winning, but if you slip
up, it will mean, start over!
Since I have no idea where your level of skill is at the
beginning your first few lessons may (or not) be easy. As we
continue, they will become more and more difficult. In some
lessons you may complete many positions, combos, and
exercises. Sometimes, as my students get more and more into
the lessons, they don't get any for weeks! Even though it might
be easy for you at first and we cover things you already know,
I would be doing you a disservice if I did not cover everything.
Please feel free to ask me any other questions you may have.
Great to always start a new student! I look forward to hearing