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My primary service is chess mentoring. Active chess tutoring, covering essential and important topics, is the easiest way to improvement. I'm proficient in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

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.

As an ICC Top 20 teacher, I accept payment in chekels. But I also give lessons on FICS, with payment through 2CheckOut. And I can give lessons from other sites if desired. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Cancel any time you like.

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Will chess lessons work for me?

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.

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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. A chess master often relies on pattern recognition. He searches his internal database of ~10,000 positions. After checking the match for accuracy, he applies the solution to the board play. I can show you these special methods as they apply to your games.

Chess analysis engines will generate accurate numerical assessments such as +3.5 and +0.23. But a computer can't explain why one move is good and another is bad and what criteria make a position lost or drawn instead of won. Detailed, honest analysis of one's own games is necessary. This is one of the main ways to improve your chess skills and to become a strong chess player.

One of the greatest chess players, Garry Kasparov, wrote in The Test of Time, "...the most important thing was accepting Botvinnik's axiom about the necessity of analytic work, especially careful analyses of one's own games. I distinctly realized that the foundation to the continuous growth of chess mastership is hidden here."

Unless we go through our past games and see why the mistakes cost us, progress is impossible. That's why you need a candid commentary about the strengths and weaknesses of your abilities and style. 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.

OFF line GM game analysis @$25
ON line GM game analysis @$35

Rate Schedule (U.S. dollars)

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
10/mo. $350.00 -$50.00 $300.00

Training Games

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.

Training games @$30.00/hour

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.

What is my training method?

I prefer teaching general strategic themes and endgames.

Strategic lessons include topics such as: knight versus bishop, two bishops, isolated pawn, prophylactic moves, natural moves, mysterious rook moves, etc. They include games of both GM and amateur strength players, necessary to address the corresponding themes, which help my students look deeply at a variety of situations.

I also have a big collection of both theoretical and practical endgames. It's vital to train in this area. I test the theoretical knowledge of my students in theoretical positions. When a required level of proficiency is achieved, I raise the bar by offering positions from practical endgames, which a student can expect to meet routinely OTB.

I am ready to work on openings! I have a lot of ready CB and PGN files. I have written a book for Black against 1.d4 based on the Benko gambit. But opening preparation requires a special individual incentive. Mostly I give general advice depending on a student's style and my vision of evaluating the viability when used by a carefully prepared student.

But remember, studying general strategic themes and endgames has a more long-lasting effect for your chess skills comparing with time you invest on openings.

Which servers do I use?

I prefer working with the Internet Chess Club (ICC) software. An account is not free: https://store.chessclub.com/ . If you prefer, we can work at Free Internet Chess Server (FICS). It is free and quite similar to the ICC system. To register visit: http://www.freechess.org/Register/. Then you will need to download software such as babaschess. Then install it, log in and we can start! A third option is chess.com (live chess room).

In all cases I use video chat in Skype.

Moreover, I supply a log of the lesson's main ideas, variations etc. After the lesson you'll receive an email with materials from the class. My rates are posted here.

Thanks, Valeriy

NEWS and information

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Same-Colored Bishop Endgames

This kindle book is going to help you to become better in same-colored bishop endgames (SCBE). Being an adherent of Mark Dvoretsky's method of coaching, the author supports his idea about the optimal way to study chess endgames. First, one needs to study the theory of a given type of endgame; secondly, a player needs to improve his or her practical skills with exercises.

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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.

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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.

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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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