GM Ibro Saric
- Product Review (submitted on November 7, 2015):
- I am a chess player from Brazil who was once an active player as a child and now attempts to play tournaments whenever work and life give a break (+- 2150 FIDE strength). Ibro was able to get me back into competitive chess, keep me going and I have seen significant improvements to my game ever since. Thanks to his lessons, advice and preparation, I got concrete results (ex: good performance in a big international tournament, wins against titled players and competitive chess games against titled players). And when the results weren't there, he always did his best in giving me the best guidance towards achieving such results, being that he is the type of coach who really focuses on correcting mistakes in his student's games. His lessons are in excellent English, very clear, and he puts a lot of effort in making himself available for his students, which is great for busy players. Also, he is very sociable, which really helps if you're constantly stressed with life outside of the board. As for chess, he taught me a little bit of everything, from opening to middle game to endgame, but I would have to say that his emphasis and strength lies in deep positional understanding of the game. He covered key endgames, typical pawn structures, piece play and placement, move-by-move opening theory preparation, etc. all backed with real-life illustrative games and experience, as well as recommendations on helpful books and tools, all tailored according to your game (ex: thanks to his recommendation I started playing an opening that best suits my game and have been getting better results). He even helped me prepare to play against specific opponents and I either got the result or came very close to (my fault!). In short, in Ibro you get an outstanding coach who also happens to be a strong positional GM. I definitely recommend his lessons if you want to improve in chess. Then add talent and effort to the recipe and the sky is the limit!