Coaching Plan

Typical courses which I cover with my students are as follows:

- Chess Endgames
- Advanced Course of Tactics and Strategy
- Openings
- Typical Middle game Positions

1. Chess Endgames - This course is recommended to be the first course my students should attend. This course is divided into subtopics which are covered through the lessons. Depending on the current level of the student, material is adjusted and appropriate an speed is chosen to go over the material. Subtopics which are covered are as follows:

Basic Endgames
Elementary checkmates Elementary endgames
Queen vs King Wrong colored bishop rule
Rook vs King Edge pawn cases
2 Bishops vs King Pawn's square
Bishop + Knight vs King Opposition
2 Knights vs King
Fight between the pieces Piece vs pawn
Queen vs Bishop Queen vs Pawn
Queen vs Knight Rook vs Pawn
Rook vs Bishop Bishop vs Pawn
Rook vs Knight Knight vs Pawn
Queen vs Rook
Rook + Bishop vs Rook
Rook + Knight vs Rook
Pawn Endgames
Basic and special cases in Pawn vs Pawn endgames
2 Pawns vs 2 Pawns
3 Pawns vs 2 Pawns
3 Pawns vs 3 Pawns
Distant Opposition
Widely Disconnected Passed Pawns
"Electrical Pawns"
Special Types of Pawn Endgames
Rook Endgames
Rook + Pawn vs Rook
Lucena Positions
Checking Distance
Pawn on the 6th Rank
Pawn on the Lower Ranks
Philidor Position
Safe Squares
Outside Passed Pawn in Various Cases
Minor Piece Endgames
Basic positions How to win with an extra pawn
Knight + Pawn vs Knight Knight vs Knight
Bishop + Pawn vs Bishop Bishop vs Bishop (of the same color)
Bishop + Pawn vs Knight Bishop vs Bishop (of the opposite color)
Knight + Pawn vs Bishop Bishop vs Knight
Knight vs Bishop
Special types of minor piece endgames
Knight vs Knight
Bishop vs Bishop (of the same color)
Bishop vs Bishop (of the opposite color)
Bishop vs Knight
Cases in which a piece is dominated by another piece or group of pieces

2. Advanced Course of Tactics and Strategy - This is usually the second course I work on with my students. The material is divided into special topics which help my students to understand better how to apply different tactical ideas which are usually a product of a good strategically played game. At the end of this course my students complete a special 2 hour chess test. The test results show what they have learned in the course and what needs more work.

Subtopics which are covered are as follows:
One Strike two Targets Knight Forks
Pawn Forks Open Attack
Pinning Enticing
Luring Overloading
Blockading Covering
Geometry Promotion
Self-defense Kingside Attacks
Intuition Sacrificing

Upon completion of this course my students will have improved their knowledge of how to apply strategy in chess as:
Understanding the absolute and relative value of the pieces
When, why and how to trade pieces
How to regroup pieces
How to limit movement possibilities for their opponent's pieces
How to make judgements in the calculation process
How to evaluate a King's position
How to evaluate a Pawn structure
How to evaluate positions with unbalanced material
How to keep the initiative
How to defend
How to evaluate bad pieces and weak squares
When and how to counter attack

3. Opening Course - This course consists of preparing a complete opening repertoire for the student. At the beginning of the course the student will be given a basic knowledge of all possible main openings. After that we can decide together which openings best fit each student's style and work on them in detail. During the Openings Course students are also introduced to a large number of opening tricks in specific openings.

Openings which may be covered in detail are as follows:
Ruy Lopez Italian Game
Scotch Game Petroff's Defence
King's Gambit Alekhine's defence
French Defence Scandinavian Defence
Pirc (Modern) Defence Caro-Kann Defence
Sicilian Defence Queen's Gambit
Nimzo-Indian Defence Bogo-Indian Defence
Queen's Indian Defence King's Indian Defence
Gruenfeld Defense Benoni Defense
Benko Gambit English Opening

4. Typical Middle game Positions - This is an advanced course in which special strategic plans are demonstrated. It covers the most common and typical middle game positions by using the games played by the best players through out chess history. After each topic is completed, students practice by solving specific positions related to the course material.

Example topics which are covered are as follows:
Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP) positions
Carlsbad Pawn Structure Positions
Positions regarding Space Advantage
The Possibility of Limiting Piece Movement in the King's Indian Defence
Fianchetto Bishop Trading in the Sicilian Defence