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NM Donny Gray

NM Donny Gray
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great coach Review by EddieF
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Great Coach (Posted on October 5, 2017)
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This guy works me hard Review by manejador
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I had never paid much attention to the endgame prior to meeting Coach Gray. He emphasizes play in the ending, which can be quite tricky. My USCF rating has improved by 225 points in a year and I think there is more to come. This guy is great, offers a structured course, and he forces you to learn and retain concepts. Best thing I ever did to raise my game. (Posted on August 20, 2017)
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My first lesson with Donny Gray Review by VincentPrice
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One word, Phenomenal! Donny showed me more in one lesson than i've learned in three months of self study. He holds nothing back and has a way of teaching that just makes sense. If your looking for an affordable yet superb teacher look no farther. (Posted on August 16, 2017)
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Great teacher! Review by SimonBoulden
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Always willing to let me learn without making me feel bad. Will review all my games too. (Posted on June 7, 2017)
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Challenging instructor Review by JohnnyAlgebra
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Donny is a consistent teacher who constantly gives a challenge to his students. (Posted on April 11, 2017)
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Donny keeps you sharp Review by Doc-Bernie
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this is my fifth lesson with Donny and his exercises definitely improve your technique in unbalanced position (Posted on January 19, 2017)
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Great teacher and coach. Review by RedSkull
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Donny does it right. He gives you problems you'll run into in the final stages of a game. Only smiley faces if you win, and all problems are winnable. All real life chess positions.
All said and done, I'm a 74 year old 1300-1500 chess player, who still loves the game. (Posted on September 6, 2016)
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Great with children.... Review by MissPowerV
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I am very pleased with the approach used with my 9 year old. Donny clearly explains the concept using fun reminders such as the "magic squares" to help the student remember. He then challenges the student to demonstrate their mastery of the concept. He has an organized approach. He is patient, and provides prompting without making the student feel pressured. We have tried several other coaches both online and 1 in person. I highly recommend Donny as a coach for children. (Posted on July 17, 2016)
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Excellent teacher with a planned curriculum Review by kevholditch
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Donny is my 3rd chess teacher and by far the best for my needs. I'm rated around 1400 on most of the chess sites and my other teachers spent time with me deeply analysing complex GM middlegames, which although interesting didn't really give me much practical benefit as my chess far below the level where knowing those finer details would really help me.

Donny has a plan. He's got a structured learning program that take you through everything from a basic mate with a queen right up to winning a complex position. You work through these what he calls "positions" with him, playing against him. He gives you time to prep and study them leading up to the lesson and then tests you by playing you at full strength. This is a really great way to learn as it forces you to commit the winning technique to memory. As you complete the positions they get progressively harder keeping you constantly challenged.

Donny teaches using the ICC anlaysis board and talks to you through the chat on there. He keeps the chat to what you need to know meaning you are actually playing and learning for the whole lesson. Other teachers I've had will spend quite a portion of the lesson gas bagging with you on skype which is not what you are paying for!

Donny is always quick to respond to any chess questions you have over email. He doesn't just fob you off with a quick one liner to send you on you way either. He sits down and spends time writing a detailed email answering your question. I've never even had to wait more than a few hours for Donny to respond. It's great having a coach that is there for you to answer your questions when you aren't in a lesson.

All in all I would highly recommend Donny. His structured approach will definitely take your chess on to the next level. (Posted on July 11, 2016)
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My Son's Endgame Has Improved Review by MeanPawn
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My son started working with Donny four months ago when he was 6 years old. At that time, his end game was by far the weakest part of his game. He would go into an endgame with an advantage and lose because he had no idea what to do. Now, I would say that his endgame is one of his strengths. He is now 7 years old and his understanding of endgames is much better than most kids he plays against in tournaments. He still has a ways to go, but I can see a significant improvement. I am curious where he will be 4 months from now. (Posted on June 4, 2016)
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