I have some availability for adult students who are serious about improving their chess but you should be expect to put some work into your game and follow my advice. I enjoy teaching and those that put the time in get results.
My main strengths as a teacher are that I’m very committed to helping people improve and have a very broad and clear perspective on the improvement process. Despite being a GM I’ve worked a lot with beginners which helps a lot in gauging the right level at which to pitch things.
The main focus of my teaching approach is on developing what I term layered pattern recognition by which students develop fluency with ever more subtle patterns at a subconscious level. Progress in this area can also be tied into one’s emotional state during a game, so students often get a recommendation to take up some form of meditation or tai chi (!) in order to achieve greater poise under pressure.
Lessons are conducted using Skype and I will share my screen with you. So you need to have this program installed, together with some basic familiarity as to how it works and a reliable broadband connection. Some of the cheaper broadband services can be frustratingly bad which is why I use the award winning Zen Internet. Having said that some other broadband providers also seem OK.
Payment is via Paypal, and I recently started an online booking system to give students more control and flexibility. Before booking lessons you need to talk to me and set up a student registration subscription (£4.95 per month) after which standard lessons (those involving your games or clarification of part of the syllabus) cost £27.50 each. You have to pay for the lesson as part of the booking process which can be done up to 24 hours before any lesson. Rescheduling can also be done through the system up to 24 hours before lessons.
To ask me about current availability please fill out the form below after which we’ll see if we can work together. As part of the process you’ll need to send me some of your games and fill out a questionnaire, so please don’t expect this to be like a visit to the supermarket!
Unfortunately I can’t answer chess questions or technical points about my books or DVDs unless you are a current student.