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.

Student achievements

Francois Oberholzer (07/14/2014) Today my student Francois Oberholzer, seeded #23, placed clear 4th (8/11) behind one GM, one IM and one WIM in the South African Open 2014. Against Georgian GM Merab Gagunashvili, he played the Benko gambit, used some of my advice and got a winning position. But in the end he faltered against the stronger opponent. Congratulations, Francois! See what happened.

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.

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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.

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"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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