Adults Coaching 

While MM Academy primarily attracts children, it has about 20 adult learners. Their ratings range from 800 to 2300, and they primarily take lessons to get past a plateau, beat friends, or simply to improve their strategic thinking. Below are our most popular adult coaches.

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Misha Vilenchuk

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National Master

Top Accomplishment:

Winning the national Denker Tournament of State Champions in 2011.

Perfect for: Intermediate Players

How I Teach:

I believe that the best way to work with a student is to make chess relevant to their existing interests. I have coached six students to grade-level championships, and many of them are ranked in the top 100 for their age groups.

Coaching: More than 12 years of experience at schools, other academies, and in person. I have instructed six students to Ohio grade level titles.

Cost: $100/Hour

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Ale Rodríguez

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Two-time Oregon State Champion, one time scholastic national champion and blitz national champion.

Perfect for: Beginners & Intermediate Players

How I Teach:

I prepare lessons that mold to each student's level, so every lesson is unique. I prefer to teach concepts piece by piece, from openings, to strategy, to puzzles. Since I got married, I dedicate time to my family, teaching physics, and coaching chess.

Coaching:  I have more than ten years of experience coaching individually, Many of my students already win state and national competitions.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45​min

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Emanuel Vaglio

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Candidate Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Costa Rican National Champion Under-14, Under-16, and the Central American and Caribbean Champion in 2016.

Perfect for: Beginner Players

How I Teach:

I like to share my knowledge with my students, make them see chess in another way, think deeply in different positions, make them know the importance of making pieces work altogether, and clarify any doubts they have.

Coaching: Experience with students 8 to 60.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45min

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Bernie Galas

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Women's International Master

Top Accomplishment: 

Played (and playing) for the Women's Phillipines National Team.

Perfect for: Beginners, Intermediate, and advanced players.

How I Teach:

I want to combine my efforts and dedication with my student's and be successful together without leaving the fun, learning, and excellence in chess.

Coaching: 4 years of experience at schools and other academies, from young children to adults.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45min

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Steven Breckenridge

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Two-time Oregon State Champion, one time scholastic national champion and blitz national champion.

Perfect for: All Players

How I Teach:

For the past 10 years, I have been teaching in a fun and supportive style. I focus on chess understanding, consistency, and encouraging you to improve.

Coaching:  I have more than ten years of experience coaching individually. I have raised students to expert-level.

Cost: $35/hour, $30 for 45min

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Edwin Urbina

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Two-time Oregon State Champion, one time scholastic national champion and blitz national champion.

Perfect for: Beginners & Intermediate Players

How I Teach:

A passionate chess coach and a curious man who loves to make new friends all around the world, help other people to improve their chess skills, and make them play confidently by learning and understanding both tactical and strategical foundations. My ultimate goal as a coach is to make my student’s chess journey as enjoyable, fulfilling, and meaningful as possible at the time that I learn from them as well.

Coaching:  Over 10 years coaching students from the USA, Canada, England, Poland, India, Rumania, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Aged from 5 to 50.

Cost: $32/hour, $27 for 45min

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Fabian Vivas

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

On the current Venezuelan Olympiad team, 5 times National Champion of Venezuela in different categories (U-10, U-12, U-16 and U-18).

Perfect for: Beginners &Intermediate Players

How I Teach:

Above all, I believe that you must always consider your student your friend, even if they are young. Although I've had the help of great coaches, my training has been mostly self-taught, so I know the most frequent mistakes in chess (both in the technical and in the competitive or psychological), so that we can focus training on correcting these mistakes.

Coaching:  I have 5 years of experience coaching individually, at academies and as part of the Venezuelan Chess Federation team during the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Festival in 2018.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45min