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GM Valeriy Aveskulov

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. And 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 evaluation of an opening 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. If you prefer, we can work at Free Internet Chess Server (FICS). The software of choice is Jinchess. 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