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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 think a player rated about 2400 looks for in a coach? Do they also "need" somebody rated 500 points higher? While he was alive IM Mark Dvoretsky coached ...


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I don't know which person you are referring to, or if the exact word "coach" was used, but GMs like Carlsen don't really have coaches in the sense you are probably thinking of; they have seconds, who have the following functions: Opening research. This might mean performing general research, or looking for particular weapons that are likely to be useful ...


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Coaches at that level are analysers rather than teachers. They prepare openings for a specific opponent, investigate opponent's weakness, help to analyse games during tournament after each round to find mistakes, perform official things such as registering, following results, mental encouragement ... High chess rating and practical abilities don't mean ...


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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 ability. Today the guy in our club who does the most coaching is rated about 1900. 50 years ago, the first time we played for the same club, he was rated about ...


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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 Moscow 2012. Nielsen has been coaching world number one, Magnus Carlsen, since 2013. Carlsen won the Candidates Tournament 2013, which gave him the right to ...


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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, where players of about seven had a lot of trouble playing legal moves, or checkmating their opponent when being up almost everything. Checkmate is often not ...


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Chess.com has a list of chess coaches, searchable by location, rating and other stuff. In the ICC store you can also hire chess coaches.


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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, which is very convenient.


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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 rated) will have memorized some of the main drawing lines in their main weapons. That being said, there's a huge difference between playing openings that give you ...


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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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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 seriously deal with people around your level and age. There is simply no profit margin for coaching an adult. My recommendation is to get an IM+, someone who has ...


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Here is a list of sites with available chess coaches: http://www.chess.com/coaches http://www.chesstrainer.com (I actually trained with the coach here) https://store.chessclub.com/teachers/ http://www.uschess.org/content/view/10002/131/


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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 not say what the rating of your coach is, but that lack of structure is a major red flag, and the sign of a not-great coach. Long-time coaches/trainers have ...


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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 your coach. The reason for this is, that it makes it more easily for your coach to spot your weaknesses and therefore give you the right material to study. (...


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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 coach hasn't pushed you toward that there may be reason for concern.


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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 to many endgames. You can find many easy pawn only endgames with these motifs and since they are so fundamental, I'd start with these motifs. Somewhat related, ...


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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 a very good understanding of your style as you see it. If you are a positional player, there is A LOT to still learn at your rating, so you would want to find a ...


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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 is seen at all levels. My goal in opening is to get the kind of position I prefer to play. Some so called equal positions are easier to play for one side. The ...


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Well first lets start with the most simple answer... Chess is not such a simple sport that if taught to multiple people will result in the same thing. Even if what you learned was exactly the same. If you are interested in getting into more detail then please read on :) Chess coaching in a sense is just you sharing what you know... That's all there is to ...


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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 and provide reference material to help your improve. Once you know your weaknesses, you can use books and software to help yourself improve. However, some chess ...


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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 along with playing endgames. Later, you can focus on pawn structures and positional play. There are some other esoteric subjects but until you are GM level ...


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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) Other useful links that were suggested as comments Apronus Pgn viewer/editer Free chess diagrams list


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I highly suggest the book 'Complete endgame course' by Jeremy Silman. It starts from the most basic of all mates starting with 2 queens and continues for more general endgames like Lucena and also touches advanced endgames including analysis of specific grandmaster games. Along with the book, I suggest setting up positions to test if whoever is being ...


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"chess is a game you learn backwards"_G.M. Susan Polgar. One of her basic lessons is to put 2 to 4 pieces on a board vs a lone K and ask how many #s can you make ? Single book with probably the most variety "chess"_Lazlo Polgar..you need to edit for a 7 yr old- over 5 thousand problems ."how to beat your dad at chess" fairly recent # only book by G.M. Murray ...


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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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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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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 coach will get disappointed if a student is unworthy to take any lessons and does not show interest in chess. A coach may get disappointed if a brilliant ...


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Check out the book Chess Endgames For Kids by Karsten Muller.


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