Getting better at chess
Combining effort with instruction
GM Valeriy Aveskulov

We spend countless hours studying openings, buying books and videos, and playing in tournaments. Despite this, sometimes our game and rating pro­gress stagnate. If this is a familiar story, the services of a personal coach are often useful.

A qualified mentor will ensure your continued development and comprehension. Simply leave the worrying to him. Follow his instructions. Watch as your game improves and your rating soars.

While lessons and lectures are instructive, playing good chess requires effort on your part. Except for rare geniuses, success in sport is 10% skill and 90% sweat.

Attending lectures will not make you a strong player, just as attending medical lectures will not make you a doctor. The right mix of instruction and practice is needed.

It also requires more than solving a few puzzles. Tactical exercises are just a fraction of the study needed to achieve mastery. What about the other elements of chess? What should you study? I'll teach you how to study chess and show you the secrets as only a grandmaster can. You'll find my rates are competitive with those of other GM's.

My method of teaching involves explaining the how, what, and why of chess. Motivated students then study and practice on their own. I monitor your progress and indicate the areas that need work.

My primary service is general chess mentoring, active chess tutoring. This is the best and quickest way to become a stronger player. I'll cover many general and important areas as I teach you how and what to study in chess. I'm proficient in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Some details of chess lessons

Each lesson normally lasts one hour, but longer sessions are possible. You'll get chess guidance and study material. I offer game analysis, both offline and online, and training games. I answer some questions by email.

All lessons I offer will be held on ICC with payment in chekels, or on FICS, with payment through 2CheckOut. I can give lessons from other sites if desired. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Cancel any time you like.

Typical students improved their repertoire of chess tactics, honed their chess strategy, encountered new chess tips, and solved many chess puzzles on the road to becoming stronger players.

Why not join their ranks and start improving your chess today? There is nothing I enjoy more than helping students increase their mastery of chess.

Skype is often useful in conjunction with ICC or FICS for online game reviews and instructional sessions. Assignments, recommendations, and puzzles are usually emailed, often with attachments.

To improve and enjoy your chess, I am what you are looking for!

Best regards,


GM Valeriy Aveskulov

NEWS and information
Attack with Black

Attack with Black In August 2013, GAMBIT published my first chess book "Attack with Black". This interview describes the book, and you can order the book here.

The Kindle edition duplicates the flexicover book at less cost. But it also offers a revolutionary idea for Black in the King Walk Variation with 12.a4.

Rate Schedule
Hours Rate Discount Cost:
1/mo.$35.00--------- $35.00
4/mo.$140.00-$15.00 $125.00
6/mo.$210.00-$25.00 $185.00
8/mo.$280.00-$35.00 $245.00

All prices are in US dollars.

White opening repertoire with 1.e4!

B01 Scandinavian defense 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 (2...Nf6) 3.Nc3 Qa5 (3...Qd8, 3...Qd6) $3

B03 Alekhine's defense: Exchange variation 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 $3

B03 Alekhine's defense: Four pawns attack 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 $3

B07 Pirc: Byrne variation 1.e4 d6 (1...g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5) 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 $3

B09 Pirc: Austrian attack 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 $5

B10 Caro-Kann: Closed (Breyer) var. 1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 $3

B15 B16 Caro-Kann: Tartakower var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 exf6, 5...gxf6 $3

B17 Caro-Kann: Steinitz variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 $3

B18 B19 Caro-Kann: Classical variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 $3

B22 B27 Sicilian defense: Hungarian and Alapin's variations 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 $3

B26 Sicilian defense: Closed 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 $3

B30 Sicilian defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without 3...d6) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 $5

B40 Sicilian defense 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 $3

B51 Sicilian defence: Moscow attack 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 $5

C02 French: Advance variation 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 $5

C41 Philidor's defense 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 c6 8.a4 $3

C42 Petrov's defense: Nimzovich attack 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 $5

C45 Scotch game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 (4...Bb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.Be3) 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 $5

C45 Scotch game: Mieses variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 $5

C45 Scotch game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 Ne5 8.Be2 Qg6 9.O-O d6 10.f4 Qxe4 11.Bf2 $3

Black opening repertoire

A31 English opening: Vaganian's gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5 $3

B01 Scandinavian defense: Exchange variation 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 $3

D31 QGD: Exchange variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 $3

D32 D34 QGD: Tarrasch defense 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 $5

D55 QGD: Neo-Orthodox variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.e3 O-O $3

D37 QGD: Classical variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 $5

D58 D59 QGD: Tartakower system 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3b6 (7...Nbd7) $5

A88 Leningrad Dutch: Main variation with 7...c6 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nc3 c6 $5

E05 Catalan Opening: Open, Classical line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 $5

Always fun and productive are the blitz games with me. Expert game commentary and answers to your questions will become a platform to strengthening your play in that type of position. One hour of blitz or standard training games, including post mortem analysis, is only @$30.00/hr.

Game Analysis
Select GM game analysis:

Analyzing one's own games is a difficult aspect of chess study. Linear thinking over the board may distract you from investigating crucial sidelines.

Unless we review our past games and see why the mistakes cost us, progress is impossible. A candid commentary about the strengths and weaknesses of your abilities and style is often wise. The cost of a detailed analysis of your game in cbv format is $25.00 US. You will see how instructive your own games are when we analyze them. And, for an active online game analysis lasting 1 - 1.5 hours, the cost is $35.00.

Danil Kucherko and his fiance (also deceased)

Jan. 14, 2014 my best friend, Danil Kucherenko, passed away. Two weeks earlier he lost his fiancé, Natalie.

His death deeply saddened hundreds of people who knew him. His passing will never be fully accepted by us. He was a truly generous, irreplaceable soul.

His opening repertoire accurately characterized him: King's gambit and Sicilian Dragon. Romantic, optimistic, courageous. A fighter throughout his life! Never bypassed difficulties and never left his friends in trying times. He was a competent medical doctor and his consults are still cherished.

His personal charisma gathered people in a single focal point: friend Danik. And now almost all of us are friends to each other.

His chess students loved him because he was able to find the meaningful insights for everyone. He loved life and often repeated: "Don't focus on the bad things. There are many bad things around – think about positive moments." You were absolutely right, my friend.

Thank you so much, Danik, that you were in my life and the life of my family! We will always remember you and your Natalochka.

-Valeriy Aveskulov

new online lectures

In June of 2013 I started a new coaching activity: online lectures for groups of students. My audience is members of the Kiev School of Grandmasters, an organization that gathers young players from the whole of Ukraine. Their average age is about 12-13 years. This idea was inspired by IM Vitaly Pesotsky. The main coach of the school is Andrey Zontakh, who coached Sanan Sjugirov and many other strong players.

Themes of first two meetings were "Problem of natural moves" and "Positional sacrifice of exchange". I tried to elaborate some general rules, connected with these issues. And I hope they will help my listeners to understand these topics much deeper.

Considering that these online lectures went so well for those students, I am announcing a new service – online lectures. Besides those topics already mentioned, I am available at the moment for reading lectures on such themes as: "Playing with two bishops", "Simplest rook endgames", "Practical rook endgames", "Simplest pawn endgames", "Practical pawn endgames", "Prophylactic in chess", "Good knight versus bad bishop".

The main goal is to share some interesting thoughts to as many students as possible. It will work as a skype conference with ICC or FICS. I'll show the moves on the server and offer commentary via skype. I'd like to organize such lectures for regular or scholastic chess clubs where people can gather together and can see the ICC board on a large screen. But it’s possible to have a skype conference with 4-8 individuals online.

Also you can order a theme you are interested in and I will try to prepare a good lecture on it! The price of the lecture will vary depending on the number of listeners, its length and complexity of the topic. That’s why, if you want to order the lecture, please send me a message via contact form.

"Death match" #15

"World number four GM Fabiano Caruana won the Death Match 15 Sunday afternoon (06/09/2013) by a score of 16-9 over GM Valeriy Aveskulov, but the score did not reflect the proximity of most of the match.

Although qualifying based on his bullet rating, Aveskulov showed surprising prowess in both the five-minute and three-minute segments, remaining equal in the former and only being edged at the end of the latter. He went into the 1+1 segment only down two games, but after Caruana rattled off the first four convincingly, Aveskulov simply could not make up the difference." -

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