IM/WGM Iva Videnova
- Product Review (submitted on April 16, 2017):
As an adult beginner, I picked Iva because of her impressive coaching credentials and I haven't been disappointed. She comes very prepared to my lessons with a nice combination of structured exercises to help my progress and personalized analysis of games I've played. She also gives me related material to work on in between lessons. We meet for two hours and easily use the whole time with the amount of material there is to work on.
When I was researching coaches for beginners, I came across the advice that their teaching skill was in some ways more important than their playing skill. With Iva, you don't have to choose one or the other! She is clearly a very strong player has demonstrated her skills as an excellent educator.
Our communication outside of lessons occasionally has a bit of a delay thanks to the large time difference between our locations, but I'd advise you to not let this deter you. It took a few days to coordinate initially, but she always gets back to me and is never late for our scheduled time.