If you’re considering online chess lessons, read on. My approach might be a good fit for you.

There’s a lot I can teach you about chess, but more knowledge doesn’t always lead to better results. Before you drown in more theory, let’s examine your current chess toolbox.

Here are common issues I confront that other coaches gloss over:

  • Is your thinking process to consistently find strong moves as good as it could be? Everything else is secondary to this point.
  • Are you using too much or too little time in your games? Poor clock management will sabotage even the most inspired play.
  • Do you have too much fear, or contempt, for some opponents? This will hinder your ability to play your best.
  • Do your opening choices suit you? I’ve helped students play a variety of openings with success over the past 17 years, even some I would never play myself. Forcing a student to play an opening simply because the coach likes it is nothing short of malpractice.
  • Do you actually have the strengths/weaknesses you think you do? Maybe you attack all the time, but poorly — and score more points in less exciting positions. Or maybe you lack confidence in your calculation but can perform this task better than your rating peers.
  • What are your short- and long-term chess goals? Not taking this important factor into account would mean creating a plan for improvement that is either insufficient or overkill.

By addressing the obstacles above, any player rated under 2000 would add at least 100 points to their rating. A player rated below 1400 would add a lot more than that.

If you’re a new chess player or have never played in a tournament before, you might be at an advantage! Chances are, you have less bad habits to be coached out of.

Next steps

When I learn more about you as a person and only then as a chess player, we can decide the best way for you to play chess in order to achieve optimal results. And yes, you will learn a lot…but you will also be able to use it in games.

During the COVID-19 pandemic I am only offering online chess lessons, but in normal times I also give lessons in New York City.

If you’re interested, send an email to