We’ll connect via Skype or an equivalent platform. We’ll then assess what your level is, what your goals are and agree what areas of study we should focus on. This 'discovery' element is included as part of a free consultation (up to 30 minutes) so that you don't need to worry about paying for time that's being spent exploring where we should focus our time. You can let me know if you'd like to continue onto lesson time, or if you'd like to book a 1, 1.5 or 2 hour lesson thereafter.
If you are an outright beginner (or sub-800), we’ll focus on all fundamentals and principles of the opening, middle game and endgame. If you’re a developing player, I’ll review your games for weaknesses and focus most of our time working on areas specific to your learning needs.
There will still be areas we should drill regardless of your weaknesses - but we can discuss these as and when they become relevant.
Of course, if there are also specific things you’d like to work on, we can tailor our lesson around that too, whether it’s to do with a specific opening, middlegame planning/strategy, tactics or an endgame.
I can also observe you playing a game live (online) with you commentating your thoughts and plans and asking questions - or you can watch me doing the same, so you can learn how to think and what questions to ask yourself to assess/evaluate plans and tactics.
I’m in the top 0.4% of Rapid Players on chess.com, and the top 3% of Blitz Players (You can check out my progress on my profile, "Kraig" on chess.com). (2000+ on Lichess).
I reached this level after starting in 2019 rated around 600 (beginner level) in each time control. Having improved quickly, I know which topics give the best “bang for buck” to improve fast!
During the course of my own improvement, I've have received coaching from a candidate master, from a well known International Master and a Grandmaster and many of my students are having a 200-400 rating growth within 1-2 months of working with me.
chess lessons closeby? Here's a selection of tutor listings that you can check out.
|at his home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||Not available||£17||£17|
|5 hours||Not available||£85||£85|
|10 hours||Not available||£170||£170|