student endorsements and accomplishments

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Dr. Jeffrey Plew (Australia)

Jeffrey Plew Started lessons in January, 2010. Jeffrey played in three Doerberl Cups and made progress every year. In the 2010 Doerberl Cup he scored only 50% in the "B" group. In the 2011 Doerberl Cup, he shared 3rd-4th. In 2012 Jeffrey played in the main event where he beat his first master and got a lot of Elo points.

At the 2012 World Open in Philadelphia he achieved a performance rating of about 2200, beating another FM in round 1 and drawing a WGM.

Jeffrey Plew completed the 'double' at the 2013 Dubbo Open, winning both the New South Wales (NSW) Country Championship, and the Dubbo Open itself.

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FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

Francois Oberholzer In less than a year my South African rating went from 1756 to 1954. 3rd in the National Championship U-16 in 2010. Won the U-18 Champion of RSA in 2011. Finished second in the African 2012 Youth Cham­pion­ships and became an FM. Shared 1st-3rd places but still won 2nd place U-18.

Though seeded #23 in the South African Open 2014 he placed clear 4th (8/11) behind one GM, one IM and one WIM. Against Georgian GM Merab Gagunashvili, he played the Benko gambit, as recommended, and got a winning position. But in the end he faltered against the stronger opponent. Congratulations, Francois! See what happened.

He 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.

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Sergei Aslanov (RUS)

Sergei AslanovSergei Aslanov (RUS) made a tiger leap from 2226 to 2300+ rating in less than one month A few months later he continued his steady progress. So, 106 ELO points has been earned in 3 months. Good job, Sergei!

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Justin Wang (USA)

Justin Wang 10-year-old Justin Wang (USA) finished third on the World Chess Championship U-10. He kept the lead for 8 rounds, but the loss in round 9 left him without chances for a gold medal. The bronze medal is a good enough achievement. He started playing chess 3 years ago. In my opinion, his best game was the win in round 3. Take a look and enjoy his instant attack with pawns on moves 22-25.

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NM Bhaskar Gupta (India)

Bhaskar 20GuptaHe began serious study with me in September, 2011. He made quick progress in both mas­ter­ship and rating which increased from 1933 to 2195 in less than one year!

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Epiphany Peters (USA)
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."

At 14, she is the Women's 2012 Champion of Japan.

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Praveen Narayanan (USA)

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.

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FM Adrian Randazzo (Italy)

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."

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Bruce Highcock (Canada)

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. He has a solid understanding of the principles involved in chess and key ideas in chess strategy that he conveys easily in each lesson. As well, he has a tremendous work ethic and he is dedicated to helping me improve in a direction that suits my own style and interest. He often includes attachments and pgn files following a lesson for further study or future reference and he has sent me many games of masters in openings I have shown an interest in."

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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