European IM and experienced trainer, one of the most active on ICC. Taking students rated anywhere from 1200 to 2200. I believe that the key to improvement in chess is to focus on learning how to think properly. Most people get stuck because they only accumulate knowledge without actually developing a proper thought process. My lessons are one on one, customized to meet the student's needs. Opening study, planning, calculation, typical endgames, answering questions, going through games - I do it all. $30/hour or even better $50/2 consecutive hrs.
Attention – potential students, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making any payment! Information I need – your age, rating, chess books/software you own, desired lesson times, chess goals.
Rating 5 star :100% ( 23 )
Customer ReviewsSort by:Clear, no-nonsense instruction Review by micky1943
Great teacher Review by friedwing
One of the Best Review by Lamarque
Dan stands out from other coaches for a number of reasons:
1. Dan has a very well prepared teaching agenda, fine-tuned over thousands of hours of lessons with over 100 students.
2. Unlike many other coaches, teaching is clearly more than simply an income supplement for Dan. He approaches improving his students with the same drive as he approaches the game itself. He takes the time between lessons to look over students' games and follow their activities on the ICC with a genuinely drive to see them succeed.
The lessons are difficult, but catered carefully to the ability of the student. He has a particular talent for giving students the right amount of time and the right clues if necessary to push them to solve tactics and find correct plans. This is a fine balance. Some teachers give away answer immediately without the student really pushing themselves. Others let them suffer in silence for the duration of the lesson. Dan has perfected the middle ground.
I owe a lot of my passion for the game to early lessons with this coach, and could not recommend him more highly. (Posted on February 23, 2018)
Terrific Coach Review by zachowland
IM Dan Review by rfollas
Teaches more than books ever could. Review by nathanpillay
Great Teacher Review by blorimer
Super knowledgeable Review by Doc-Bernie
Excellent Coach Review by sirprimal11
Best Teacher, Period Review by mgmead
I've tried a number of chess teachers, and their general approach devolves to "bring me your games, I'll tell you what you did wrong." That's a pretty lousy structure for teaching - it's like telling someone to go and try to do math, then teaching them based on their errors.
Dr. Dan Vasiesiu has an actual curriculum and system for thinking about what's happening on the board. He's talked to and studied the basic processes of thinking that other Masters use and has built a structured and pro-active system of teaching that can actually be LEARNED. He has affected my appreciation of the game tremendously and is a superior instructor. (Posted on August 5, 2016)
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