National Master title in Nov 1986 and 4 State Championships in 3 different states. Teaching for 35+ years. My lessons teach Endgame and technique. Students below 1600 increase in over all strength greatly. Students 1600-2000 learn how to win in the ending. All students learn technique and have all tournament games analyzed. Technique is winning a won position.
For more detailed info on my teaching techniques check out my web site: www.ChessThinker.com
Lessons are $25 for 1 hour.
Rating 5 star :94% ( 15 ) 4 star :6% ( 1 )
Customer ReviewsSort by:Great teacher! Review by SimonBoulden
Challenging instructor Review by JohnnyAlgebra
great teacher! Review by EddieF
Donny keeps you sharp Review by Doc-Bernie
Great teacher Review by EddieF
Quality Lesson, Quality Communications Review by JohnnyAlgebra
Great teacher and coach. Review by RedSkull
All said and done, I'm a 74 year old 1300-1500 chess player, who still loves the game. (Posted on September 6, 2016)
Great with children.... Review by MissPowerV
Excellent teacher with a planned curriculum Review by kevholditch
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)
My Son's Endgame Has Improved Review by MeanPawn
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