Chess coach and tournament player
Are you an adult chess player trying to improve, but feeling stuck? You might be busy with work, family, or other endeavors, so let me guide you towards the most effective resources that you can use to maximize your improvement given the time constraints!
By the way, I have been in your shoes for years. No matter how many games I played, my rating remained the same! Therefore, I felt frustrated and unhappy with myself. Then, in 2021, I broke through and gained 230 FIDE points, mostly due to better decision-making at critical junctures. With my 14 years of experience as a tournament player, I am well-suited to identify your strengths and weaknesses, then create a custom training plan that will turn you into a more decisive player who knows how and when to attack.
My coaching style is focused on practical decision-making, which will help you win more games. I won't force you to memorize 20+ moves in obscure openings. Moreover, I tailor the content of our private lessons based on your current level and aspirations in chess.
Topics we cover during training sessions
Endgame theory and practice
Tactics and attacking
Personalized game analysis
LITTLE KNOWN SECRET: As a chess coach, I strongly believe that working on endgames is the best way for a student to improve their overall understanding, and therefore see big rating gains! You can expect an increase of ~200 points in raw playing strength after studying endgames for only 3 months.
THE 80/20 RULE: A big increase in your chess understanding can be achieved by simply allocating more time to your weakest area! Oftentimes, that's the endgame. My book recommendation is Jeremy Silman's "Complete Endgame Course." You can find it on Amazon or Chessable.
STOP MEMORIZING OPENING LINES! You will spend a lot of time for minimal gains in your chess level. This is a pitfall many players fall into. Instead, watch Master games featuring the openings you like best and see how they continue in the later phases of the game.
"Chess is a very expansive and overwhelming game to navigate. Starting out in chess as an adult learner, I felt like it was nearly impossible to become a better player. I began looking for a coach online and found Vlad. Our first lesson together was incredible and he outlined a strategy for improvement. Now close to a year later and there has not been a single session I haven't gained invaluable knowledge and skills. He isn't only a remarkable chess player, he is a masterful coach. Since working with Vlad I've increased my online rating from 800 to nearly 1300 and don't plan on stopping. I can wholeheartedly recommend Vlad as a coach. I've blundered a lot in my life but finding Vlad was my first brilliancy."