Meet The MASTERS

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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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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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Alejandro Vega

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

2nd place in the national March 8 Cup (2005), many small-tournament wins in Cuba, Venezuela, and around Latin America.

Perfect for: All Players

How I Teach:

I have been a chess coach since 2004, working with all categories of ages. Many of my students have achieved significant results in national and international events. Some of my students obtained FIDE titles. I have been coaching online since 2017 with great results with my online students, either online or over the board.

Coaching:  16 years of coaching experience, 4 years of coaching online.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45min

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Christy Lamiel

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Women's National Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Playing on the Philippines Women's Team in 3 Chess Olympiads.

Perfect for: Beginners Players

How I Teach:

For the past seven years, I've been teaching one-hour daily private or group chess lessons. I teach my students how to study and provide them with resources that they can use on their own.

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

Cost: $30/hour, $25 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

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Zahar Efimenko

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Grandmaster

Top Accomplishment(s): 

I have been the World U14 Champion (1999), the Champion of Ukraine (2006).

Perfect for: Advance 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 been coaching since 2010, including serving as a "second" for World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, World Champion Ruslan Ponomarev, and Pavel Eljanov. From 2016-2019, I coached a young talented chess player from Kazakhstan - Zhansaya Abdumalik (World Champion U20).

Cost: $60/hour

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Marc Nazario

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

2014 Philippine National Junior Champion.

Perfect for: Beginners & Intermediate Players

How I Teach:

I learned the game of chess on my own by the age of 8. Based on my experience, it is very important to know the students' strengths and weaknesses so we can progress in a much smoother pace.

Coaching:  8 years of coaching experience and helping students to acquire certain skill sets and goals in order to reach their achievements

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45min

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Vini Rego

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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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Cherry Mejia

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Women's FIDE Master

Top Accomplishment: 

Gold medalist at the 16th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in 2015.

Perfect for: Beginner Players

How I Teach:

I will teach you endgames, positional understanding, tactics, and strategy. I like to give homework after each session to help you improve!

Coaching: 3 years of experience at schools and other academies, with students aged 6-15.

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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Yeison Gutierrez

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Venezuelan chess champion in categories Under-10, under-12, and 2nd place at the Pan-American Youth Championship in 2013.

Perfect for: Beginners Players

How I Teach:

I am a top Venezuelan player, and have played chess since I was 8 years old. In my experience, the best way to improve in chess is to be motivated, and to adjust the training to the student's style and expectations. 

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

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Maria Efimenko

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Women's International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Ukrainian Women's Champion Under-18 in 2011.

Perfect for: Intermediate & advance players

How I Teach:

Hello everyone, I am Maria Efimenko. I teach using methods developed by the Soviet chess school. I am one of the strongest Ukrainian players, and am a Woman International Master who has been playing chess for 15 years. I have students across the world. Here is my Wikipedia page.

Coaching:  More than 7 years of experience with students of various levels.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45​min

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Olya Penkrat

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Women's FIDE Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Multiple winner and medalist of the Republic of Belarus and international competitions, European Women's Championships (6th place).

Perfect for: Beginners & Intermediate Players

How I Teach:

I teach students through to stay motivated through a pedagogical approach. We learn practical, theoretical, and creative ideas - and love the game!

Coaching:  II have more than ten years of experience coaching individually. I am also a FIDE-certified chess trainer.

Cost: $30/hour, $25 for 45min

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Gabriel Salazar

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FIDE International Master

Top Accomplishment(s): 

Under-18 Venezuelan National Champion (2019).

Perfect for: Beginners & Intermediate players

How I Teach:

I am an energetic 20-year-old who believe in being both a role model and a coach for children. I will support my students as will solve puzzles, learn openings, and improve their memory. Chess is a constant battle, not against your opponent, but against yourself!

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

Cost: $32/hour, $27 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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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