A message from 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. If you don't have a plan of improvement, don't worry. I always do.

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.

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, which you can order 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.

recent student achievements

FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR) showed an impressive performance in the South Africa Open 2015 (the second year in a row) and added 88 ELO points () beating with Black an opponent rated 400 points higher.

student endorsements

Adrian Randazzo "I have to thank Valeriy for the training sessions that have helped me improve my chess to the Fide Master level. A good assessment of the typical position in the mid­dle­game and the basic rules in the end­game was, for me, very important. I must not forget that solv­ing puz­zles helped me to main­tain con­cen­tra­tion during critical moments of my games. I highly recommend to all chessplayers the training sessions with GM Valeriy Aveskulov." -FM Adrian Randazzo (Italy)

Praveen Narayanan "I recommend Valeriy as an excellent chess trainer for his logical and patient approach, and in his ability to break down positions into their essential elements in a way that is accessible to the student. His services are also relatively inexpensive and affordable. He has helped dissect my games, so as to pinpoint the critical moments and reveal the possibilities contained in them, always emphasizing a rational and logical course. -Praveen Narayanan (USA)

Francois Oberholzer "I started taking lessons from Valeriy in May, 2010. At the time it seemed impossible that someone who was sitting in another part of the world could make such a huge improvement in my chess. I am grateful to Valeriy for putting in the time and effort to helping me improve my chess. I can recommend Valeriy confidently and without hesitation to anyone who is considering him as a coach." -FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

Jeff Plew

"I've been having chess lessons with GM Valeriy Aveskulov for about eight months. It's been a great experience. He is of course an accomplished player, but also a very switched-on, capable and positive teacher, adept at electronic media. Valeriy quickly understood where I am at as a chessplayer - strength, style, knowledge, repertoire, personal context - and was able to effectively engage my play and move it forward. -Dr. Jeffrey Plew (Australia)

Epiphany Peters

"Mr. Aveskulov has been an excellent coach! Until I took lessons from him, I was having trouble identifying the errors in my own games. Now he analyzes my games in depth and helps me find my mistakes so I can understand them and work on avoiding them in the future. He has also helped me significantly with my end­game, and advised me with my opening repertoire. I really enjoy our lessons and I recommend Mr. Aveskulov as a coach." -Epiphany Peters (USA)

Bruce Highcock "As an adult learning chess, I was very happy to find GM Aveskulov as a coach. He is a talented high-level player with very affordable rates, and a dedicated coach and teacher. He has shown me how to improve my game in an enjoyable and unpretentious atmosphere with an emphasis on the examination of my own games and specific training geared towards a higher level of understanding and appreciation for the game." -Bruce Highcock (Canada)

Chess.com University's first online camp

From July 7 - 11, 2014 I was an instructor at Chess.com University's first online camp. The camp had 21 players who listened to lectures by Boris Gelfand (he analysed his win against Hikaru Nakamura and then answered questions on chess-related issues), Roman Dzhindzhihashvili, Valeri Lilov and me.

I gave 4 lectures, dedicated to themes like: 1) prophylactical thinking; 2) playing with two bishops; 3) positional sacrifice of the exchange; 4) general advice about how to work on chess. It was my first experience of giving online lecture on English for such a big group of players. But I liked this, and hope that my listeners also enjoyed the process.


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.


"Death match" #15

(06/09/2013) "World number four GM Fabiano Caruana won the Chess.com Death Match 15 Sunday after­noon 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." - chess.com

Danil Kucherenko (1983 - 2014)

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. ...more


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