up-to-date on key defense for Black
Review by clair
The coach has up-to-date knowledge in side line variations of Sicilian defense for Black like GranPrix and he teaches things you need to know if you are a serious player in an efficient way for the price you will get nowhere in the world. My rating has gone up significantly after i started taking classes with Brian. Great teacher. (Posted on June 3, 2017)
excellent opening preparation
Review by clair
NM Brian is good in teaching the openings 1) London System 2) Sicilian defense by showing good example games from chess database and covering key variations and doing a recap at the end of the lesson helps to remember what is taught in the session. I recommend he does recap at the end and in the beginning in all future classes (Posted on April 23, 2017)
Great teacher at an affordable price
Review by clair
I simply admire his maturity, wisdom in chess and tournament preparation techniques including chess techniques and psychological aspects , lucid style of teaching students at various levels!!! (Posted on January 10, 2017)
Being Mentored by a Great Master is a Blessing; and when combine it with Great Attitude by the Student, unstoppable results manifests!
Review by AhmazinB
Dr. McCarthy has decades of experience and possesses a wealth of knowledge. I am very grateful for his time and his generosity in sharing everything he knows so willingly. I very much look forward to mastering this art of chess. Thank you Dr. Brian McCarthy! (Posted on November 10, 2015)
Highly recommended for players under 2000, especially for younger players, because that's exactly what we went through.
Review by gmbmw
My son started playing rated tournaments in 2011 when he just turned 7. It took him 4 months to cross 1200 without a coach. He was then stuck at 1200 for half a year and it was pretty clear that he needed a coach. We didn't have access to a good coach for face-to-face lessons so I started looking for a coach on the ICC and chess.com. I wanted a strong player who can guide my son for an extended period but I also preferred an American coach so that we didn't have to worry about accent or cultural differences. The cost of the lesson was an important factor as well. Mr. McCarthy was a perfect fit. In the first year, my son gained 500+ points to cross 1700 and made #9 on the USCF top 100 list for 8 year old. In the second year, my son gained another 200 points and his highest ranking was a #5 on the 9-yo list. As a 5th grader, he also shared the State K-6 Champion title in one of the strongest states in the nation. Mr. McCarthy worked on all aspects of the game with my son but I think the systematic study of a few opening systems that my son liked was especially responsible for the initial progress. He would still get surprises in openings but most of the time, he knew his openings better than his opponents and he would get a big time advantage out of opening. Like many other talented young boys, my son tends to play too fast and many winning positions despite very specific instructions from Mr. McCarthy. I am sure it can be very frustrating but Mr. McCarthy would just calmly repeat his advices from board behavior to how to overcome the psychological pressure when faced with a much stronger opponent. Chess training can at times feel boring even for a talented top young player but my son always looks forward to his weekly lesson with Mr. McCarthy where he can talk about his games as well as the top tournaments. Kids are busy nowadays with many other activities and commitments. Whenever we need to cancel or reschedule, be it a baseball game or a school performance, Mr. McCarthy is always very accommodating which makes the lesson not feel like a major commitment. Many top junior players are home schooled and they have much more time to practice chess. My son is in full time public school and he is still involved with many other activities. Mr. McCarthy's guidance is why my son can still keep up with the best players in his age group. Best value on ICC, period. (Posted on July 5, 2015)