Chess Instruction by Private Lessons

I’m Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah, author of the book Beat That Kid in Chess, and I’m now offering my services as a chess coach in the Salt Lake Valley. I can drive to your location, if you live in or near the communities of Taylorsville or West Valley City or one of the other cities in central Salt Lake Valley. (My travel to more distant cities and towns can also be arranged.) Your private chess lessons need not be at your own home, if you would prefer a public park or library not too far from your home.

Your chess instruction will be precisely arranged according to your individual needs, to most effectively help you improve in your chess-playing abilities. For that reason, details on what your first lesson will contain—that cannot be explained in a blog post like this one.

It will very likely include looking at specially constructed nearly-identical positions (NIP), a new system of chess instruction that I introduced in my book Beat That Kid in Chess. The simplicity or complexity of those chess positions, however, will depend on exactly what you need. Everything depends on precisely where you now are in your abilities.

The fee for each chess tutoring lesson is $25, and that includes instructional materials. In addition, you get a copy of my chess book (Beat That Kid in Chess) at no additional charge, with the first lesson, and you don’t need to commit to any more lessons. You decide what to do after getting that first one-hour session.

Feel free to have a friend or family member be present. You can even arrange for a group lesson, for the fee is still just $25. Be aware, however, that group lessons may be less effective in meeting your individual needs, unless the members of the group have similar abilities, similar strengths and weaknesses, in chess-playing abilities.

chess coach Jonathan Whitcomb

Chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah

I advise having a free introductory meeting with me. This brief introduction to chess instruction should be sufficient for you to know how to proceed regarding private tutoring. You can ask questions about lessons or about chess tournaments, chess clubs, tactics, strategy, or whatever you would like to ask.

Many club players and tournament competitors have attained a moderate to high level of success without ever having had a chess tutor, never having had private lessons. This has usually taken years of practice in competition, however, even to become just an average tournament player. But those who have quickly risen to competitive success have often been chess players who were given regular private chess instruction.

Call me at 801-590-9692 or contact me by email, and ask what you will. Thank you.

Jonathan Whitcomb is a member of the chess club at the Harman Senior Recreation Center (4090-South, 3600-West; West Valley City, Utah). It’s also known as the “Harman Chess Club,” meeting on Wednesdays from about 12:30 p.m. until almost 3:00 p.m.

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Chess Tutor in the Salt Lake Valley

Lessons are available in Murray, Taylorsville, West Valley City, Holladay, Cottonwood Heights, West Jordan, and in many other nearby communities in Utah, from the chess coach Jonathan Whitcomb, who lives in Murray.

Beat Your Dad at Chess or “Beat That Kid”

The first [of the two chess books reviewed] is not really about defeating your father; the second is not really about defeating a kid. Both are exceptional at teaching you to win a chess game . . . [brief book reviews]

Salt Lake Valley, Utah, Chess Tutor

Whitcomb has taught chess to those of many ages: children, teenagers, and adults. He and his wife had a state license, for many years, for a large family day care in Southern California, before they moved to Utah in 2014 . . . yet the age of the student is of little importance.

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