What is your recommendation for how long and how often the lessons are?
I think it is important to have weekly lessons to ensure they are regular. A 2-hour lesson is ideal because often it takes that long to thoroughly cover a topic and answer all questions the student may have. However, some people, especially younger players, may have trouble with such a long lesson; in that case, 1 hour is more suitable. Ultimately, though, it is up to the student what they consider the best fit for them.
I have multiple children who would like chess lessons. What is best for them?
I personalize my coaching to each individual student, even if two students have a similar rating. Just because two players are at the same level, that does not mean that they have the same strengths and weaknesses. I really need to work with each of them individually to find their weaknesses and how they learn best to tailor my lessons to them in a one-on-one lesson. Therefore I recommend one-on-one tuition with each of your children, but they can sit in on each other’s lessons if they wish.
How did you get started coaching?
I was looking for ways to make more connections and I thought that giving chess lessons would be a great way to do that! I find teaching very enjoyable!
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with people who only wanted me to analyze their games, students who only wanted me to help them with their openings, and players who wanted more thorough lessons, covering all aspects of chess.
What do you love most about your job?
I love interacting with my students and answering their questions. I get excited when I see their growth and their changing perspective on chess.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I love helping others, teaching, and analyzing with others. Coaching involves all of these, so it was a natural choice!