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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

So, you are about 1800 and you are worried that a coach with a rating 500 points higher than you will not be able to give you the help you require? I think you are too fixated on rating. What do you ...
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What are the advantages of keeping the identity of a second secret?

The main function of a second is to provide timely analysis and advice to the principal player, both before and during the match. If the second is being pestered by the chess press because their ...
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Can a 2000 Elo rated player teach me middlegame play properly?

Is his rating a limitation to teach me? No. As I say in this answer, "you are too fixated on rating". High rating does not guarantee coaching ability. Low rating does not preclude coaching ...
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Where to find chess coaches?

https://lichess.org/coach also has a long list of coaches. I found my coach there and I'm happy with the result. We use Skype for audio and the Lichess study feature to share positions in real time, ...
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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

This is a quote from Wikipedia: Nielsen coached World Champion Vishy Anand from 2002 until 2012. Anand won the World Championship title in Mexico 2007, and defended it in Bonn 2008, Sofia 2010 and ...
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Is it possible to get free personal chess coaching?

This site isn't a brokerage for free personal chess coaching. This is a QA site, where you can ask chess-related questions. That means, that if you have a position that you don't understand, are ...
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Giuoco Piano to Kids

I'd explain nothing about openings to a 6 year old, except maybe something about using all your pieces (but it'll fall to deaf ears, most likely). I assisted at a local school tournament recently, ...
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Empirical question: Is a drawish opening line really a concern for an ambitious player?

You're right that drawing lines don't really affect people who are lower rated. However, your bar for 2500 isn't practical. Most people who are close to master rated (say 2100+, and even some lower ...
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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

I suspect you'll work need to quite hard for your goal. Rising from 1792 to 2200 is not so simple for your age (no offence). Chess coaches in Australia like kids, only few people in the country ...
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Are there any options for learning chess from people on the Internet?

You can find a lot of coaches in different languages on https://www.chess.com/coaches and also on https://lichess.org/coach.
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Chess-like games and exercises that are useful for chess coaching

Game: Race to the Finish I play this with the juniors at my local club to help them build their pattern recognition and endgame skills, not sure how it would work online Audience All levels Pros ...
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Empirical question: Is a drawish opening line really a concern for an ambitious player?

I don't see a "drawish" opening line as a concern. Every decisive game comes from a close to equal position, the starting position. Outplaying your opponent from an equal position to win ...
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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

What you need to be looking for is two things: Someone, who is a professional coach, and who has many lessons that he has developed over the years. This is the most important thing. Someone, who has ...
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Making the best use of a coach?

This question is old now, but thought I would chime in on how to find a good coach. You wrote: "But I feel like a lot of coaching sometimes is just random topics with a lack of structure." You do ...
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Making the best use of a coach?

Analysing one of your own games with a coach is one of the most important parts of work for a coach. To maximize the analyse-training effect you should always annotate your games before giving them to ...
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Making the best use of a coach?

I think you are making good use of your coach from the sound of it. Perhaps you are not studying the correct books for your rating. And you should be heavy on puzzles and basic endgames; if your ...
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Chess-like games and exercises that are useful for chess coaching

Exercise: Maze Audience Complete beginners Pros Much simpler compared to chess Rules The player has only a few pieces (sometimes only 1 piece), and oppenents pieces are frozen (they do not move). A ...
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Is it possible to get free personal chess coaching?

This is not the place for free personal chess coaching. If you are serious about improving your chess but not serious enough to pay a coach then your best bet is to join a local chess club and play ...
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What's the best way for someone to use their time with a chess coach?

The main advantage of a coach is the feedback. Neither a book nor software can explain where your weaknesses are. A coach should be able to review your games and explain where your weaknesses are ...
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How to make a self study plan to become a good chess player to play rated tournaments?

Forget about becoming a professional. Do you know how many grandmasters there are that are working at minimum wage? Play for fun instead. You need to learn one opening really well and learn tactics ...
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Software suggestions to make printed chess exercises for kids

Possible ideas I found when I asked the question on Reddit r/chess Chessbase + Wordprocessing tool Lichess + Evernote clipper (or snagit, etc) + Word (Add +blog if you want the answers to be public) ...
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Endgame training for a 7 year old kid

When he is mating, is he just following a method blindly or does he understand it? For instance in the two examples you mention, zugzwang and opposition are important themes, which are also relevant ...
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Do chess coaches ever get disappointed with their students?

I, as a teacher of elementary age students, don't get disappointed in the students' results. I only get disappointed if the student doesn't try.
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How do you encourage juniors to play slower?

Be careful what you wish for - right now they are playing & having fun. Slowing down, thinking, calculating, being precise - that may actually deter them from the game. Later, once they're ...
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Resources To Learn How To Use Chessbase

The best comprehensive guide for Chessbase that I have found is the two books of Jon Edwards. In 2014 Russel Enterprises published his 350 page "ChessBase Complete" covering Chessbase up to ...
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Empirical question: Is a drawish opening line really a concern for an ambitious player?

I am currently a 2100 rated FIDE player, so my experience is limited, I've only played about 50 classical games and truthfully it's hard for me to find a variation in my repertoire which would fit ...
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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

I've seen cases of coaches who are weaker than the players they train with and yet do an excellent work. Don't believe me? Well, who's Carlsen's coach then? Players with 2300 rating can make great ...
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Do chess coaches ever get disappointed with their students?

I am not a Chess Coach though but surely a coach will get disappointed if the student commits the same mistake over a period of time, and does not show discipline enough to improve his weaknesses. A ...
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Are there any options for learning chess from people on the Internet?

We recommend Alberto Chueca, one of the best chess coaches in the world. His students are getting great results and his price is very economical.
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