Review by zachowland
I have been taking lessons with Dan for about 7 months. During that time, I've gone from struggling in the 1000-1100 range to having multiple 1800+ performance ratings. He helped me to correctly identify my key weaknesses and provided recommendations and information on how to efficiently address them, including fixing my flawed thinking process as well as my method for practicing tactics. He does not sugar-coat feedback, but is patient when working to solve problems. If you are serious about wanting to improve and are willing to put in the work, you will be hard pressed to find a better coach to help you. (Posted on August 9, 2017)
Review by rfollas
Couldn't ask for anything more. Extremely focused on making me a better overall player. (Posted on June 23, 2017)
hard working, capble coach
Review by micky1943
Dan is an excellent chess teacher--for people who are willing to put in some effort. He is a strong payer as well as an experienced teacher, and he conveys information clearly. He is very good at pointing out where you need to improve. If you are willing to put in the work, you will improve. (Posted on April 4, 2017)
Teaches more than books ever could.
Review by nathanpillay
As an intermediate player (mid 1800 rating on ICC) I have learned an immense amount from Mr Vasiesiu in spite of only having taken a few lessons thus far. His emphasis on fixing one's thought process is proving far more beneficial than mindlessly chipping away at theory for hours. Highly recommended. (Posted on March 13, 2017)
Review by blorimer
Dan is an excellent teacher from what I have already gathered in the 6 lessons I have had. He is diligent, thorough and offers great insight into the game. I have seen a great improvement in my chess already and would highly recommend him to anybody thinking about improving their game. (Posted on January 23, 2017)
Review by Doc-Bernie
Dan is extremely good at what he does, his chess knowledge is superb and his teaching style is very methodical and easy to follow. Very recommended. (Posted on January 12, 2017)
Review by sirprimal11
Dan is an excellent coach who is tactically sharp for his skill level, and he has plenty of experience and knowledge of openings and middlegame plans. This means that he can provide very solid game review in real time in human language while playing through your games with you, without seeming at all like the process would benefit from computer analysis. He also has very well planned endgame lessons for building a strong base of ability in playing with the pieces from the basics. Dan has an uncanny ability to be patient with your calculation and give you just the level of hint or idea that you need to get the solution, in some cases challenging your perhaps correct solution with a reply that you didn't consider in your variation analysis but is critical to its correctness. This method of studying endgames that are just beyond your capability of what you could study on your own in difficulty level but with a sufficient level of stimulative guidance has been proven to be a very valuable deep practice in learning in general and in improving calculation and endgame skill specifically. (Posted on November 24, 2016)
Best Teacher, Period
Review by mgmead
I started playing chess seriously in my 40s, which means I'm faced with a great deal of challenge for getting the game significantly under my belt.
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)
A Fantastic Teacher of Chess!
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Review by Hal2001
There are those with great skill and knowledge of chess and there are those about whom it could be said are great teachers. I spent 20 years in the 1400s and within a year I was over 1600 and I am in my 60s. He took my student and helped him to become the highest rated FIDE rated player under age 14. (Posted on March 16, 2016)
Review by latayvia
Dan is the best chess teacher I have ever had online ! He he is very helpful and knowledgeable with his lessons
well worth the price because he is very solid and trust me I wouldn't give this review if I didn't believe in him !! (Posted on November 4, 2015)