Back in 2012, I visited the city of Berlin in one of my first independent road trips abroad.
It was then when I first encountered a concept of the so-called Free Walking Tours, which will become dominant in the subsequent years.
The Free Walking Tours are touristic tours that don’t have a predetermined price. Instead, at the end of the tour, you have the liberty of deciding the worth of the tour on your own and pay as much as you like.
I really liked the idea. Because of the fact that the height of the salary depends on the quality of the tour, all the tour guides I met on the Free Walking Tours were extremely friendly, interesting and motivated.
That is how I got the idea of borrowing this concept and applying it to chess coaching.
You see, it always kinda bothered me that in the domain of chess coaching, you have to pay for the service a priori, without being able to judge the quality of the service before.
I’ve decided to offer something slightly different. I offer the service based on the concept of the Free Walking Tours described above.
The only slight difference is that I will alter the name compared to the Tours because I think that the adjective “Free” is slightly misleading.
The Tip Based Coaching description seems much more accurate.
Tip based coaching?
The lessons are held via Skype and are held as 1-hour sessions.
A single session might cover the following:
- Opening preparation
A general discussion about a certain opening, examination of different opening lines, help in preparation for a tournament game and a specific opponent, selecting an optimal opening based on the playing style of the student, etc.
- Typical pawn structures
Tightly connected with the opening preparation. Similar pawn-structures can arise from different openings (for instance, advance French/advance Caro-Kan/Rossolimo Sicilian). When I took a couple of lessons from the experienced chess coach,
Studying plans and ideas in different pawn-structures is a great way of enhancing your chess understanding and improving your overall strength.
When I took a couple of lessons from the experienced chess coach, Grandmaster Alexandar Delchev, we used this approach to examine the typical e4 against the d6 pawn structure.
- Analysis of your own games
When the sixth World Champion, Mikhail Botvinnik, first met Ljubomir Ljubojević, a talented Yugoslav player, he asked him whether he analyses his own games.
“What for?” , asked Ljubojević in genuine surprise.
“This is when I knew nothing worthwhile will come out of him.”, concluded Botvinnik.
The sixth World Champion wasn’t the most tactful person around, but this episode demonstrates
In the What was I thinking – Chessentials Featured Sundays category, I have already analysed the games submitted by the readers. You can still submit your games and have them analysed for free, but if you wish to extend that analysis during a session, it is also an option.
- Creation of a detailed individual study plan
For those who are more serious about the lessons and who are interested in long-term improvement.
After every lesson, I will assign you with my own analysis and a couple of practice examples as a homework.
I am currently available for the new students.