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Chess Coaching Services (and Reasons for Doing So)

I’ve decided to provide chess coaching services (services found on my “Schedule David” page, found by clicking here) for many reasons.  The most-in-my-face reason is that I constantly field questions by tournament players, as well as some online players, the most ever-present being: How in the world did you improve your chess so quickly?  When I played tournament chess between 2008 and 2010, I got the question regularly, especially toward the end of that period, when I began scoring against Experts –I am better than 20% against Experts in the 2000-2099 range.  After not looking at a chess board in about four years –I left play due to migraines experienced as a result of diabetes, and other diabetic-related issues[1]–, I have been able to return to study and competitive play, and I am getting questions much more now.  What has compounded the interest of many players is that I’m an adult making this kind of progress, and adults typically a horrifically difficult time improving.  Many adult players will sit in a 100-200 point rating band for 20 years, despite playing regularly and studying the game.  I can name many examples.  This all sort of a secondary reason for availing myself for formal coaching and advising –in “advising,” I mean to say that I will also be offering the programs that I used for my improvement.  Answering the number of questions put to me would otherwise be impossible without a practical means of making room in my busy schedule.  I have always felt rude for holding my routines, etc. as closely guarded secrets; but not only does it take time to convey to a group of individuals, but it also took a tremendous amount of time in research to develop my training methods and routines. Continue reading

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