I not only teach my students to play the game of Chess, but how to compete in whatever they choose to do. This is a skill that they will be able to use their whole lives.
I love to see my students learn how to play the game of Chess, but more importantly how they learn to think, concentrate, and discipline themselves.
When our 9 year old son M. met Marty for chess instruction, he was an intelligent 7 year old kid with an ADHD diagnosis, and it was really frustrating to see his learning opportunities so often squandered, because he was so easily distracted and because any focus he could muster was so fleeting. He was ricochet rabbit, yet chess is the calmest, most intellectually intense pursuit M. has taken up thus far. So I am still a little shocked that Marty has made a legitimate chess player out of him. Indeed, Marty was his first instructor in ANY subject to make a real breakthrough for M. (over the course of private and group lessons, which we scheduled sporadically over a couple of years with Marty, when our schedules allowed). While I wanted to sternly conference with M. after every session, in order to point out and correct his every misstep, Marty's plan was longer term, and wiser. "He's a kid, let him have fun!" he would growl at me, giving me an incredulous look when I suggested I might cancel dessert as a consequence. And under Marty's easy-going but firm-when-needed-tutelage, Marty built M.'s fundamental chess skills bit by bit while keeping him interested in coming back for the next session. Marty definitely has a way to keep the kids engaged, and challenges them at the right pace. When I felt that M.'s chess skills could now be checked off as adequate for any educated person (at 8 years he could handily defeat the average rusty adult), I suggested to M. that he might want to drop further instruction (he was scrimmaging weekly with Marty's other kids). As a basically lazy kid, we were sure he would choose to drop it even though he had developed into an attentive student. His mother and I were flabbergasted when he instead asked that we sign him up for another round of group sessions. Whether teaching a kid - either earnest grandmaster material or just a flippant, suburban brat - or an adult, Marty has our heartfelt endorsement - he has just the right touch to teach this ancient game that he also clearly loves.
The first lesson is an evaluation of the student's knowledge of the game of Chess and what they want to get out of a series of lessons (play for fun with friends, and family, play on a school team, become a tournament player, etc.
In these times of the covid virus, I am only doing online private lessons and group classes using Zoom and lichess.org. I give a free 45 minute introductory session to all new students to make sure they know how to work with these tools.
I have been teaching Chess to groups and individuals for the past 15 years. As a tournament player myself, I have learned what it takes to improve in the game of Chess.
I normally charge $1/minute. So a 45 minute lesson would be $45; an hour lesson would be $60; an hour and 15 minutes would be $75. Longer lessons are corrrespondingly higher priced.
When my son was in middle school, I went with him to various events and realized that I could show young players how to learn and improve their Chess game. I have been doing it for 15 years now.
I normally work with students from the 1st grade until high school.
The highlight of my Chess year is the annual World Amateur Team Event, where I play on a team with three of my students. This is a big event with 350 teams participating. These games can be tiring (lasting up to 5 hours each), but I love to see my students working hard to achieve a victory in their games. I love the challenge to myself, also.
Decide what you want to learn from a Chess teacher and how serious you are about playing the game.
How much time and interest do I have to study the game of chess?