How does a grandmaster teach chess?

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How does a grandmaster teach chess?

Post by kingsmasher1 on July 11th 2015, 11:59 pm

I was taking regular weekly sessions from a Grandmaster. His sessions are costly, on an hourly basis.

But the way things are happening, i have a feeling if this is how things goes, or am i being ignored.
I have already been playing chess for the past around 6 years, and having a rating of 1600. I created my own opening repertoire using Chessbase DVDs, Houdini, databases etc. So i didn't need much of an opening help.

Till date, it's my 3rd session, and this is how things went:

Session 1 of 1 hour, he just gave an introduction of Carlsbad structure, and the rest of entire time, was spent explaining a single game. I didn't appeciate that, as less than the cost of that 1 hour (which i spent on GM), i could have brought a Chessbase DVD on same subject, which explains many games.

Session 2: He gave me a position, and told me to analyze. Like that, around 3 positions, for next 1 hour. The only good thing was, at the end he shared me a PDF ebook, which had lots of these positions.

Session 3: I requested him to give me some positions on attacking mottifs, he did the same, but at the end of the class didn't share any exercises, which i can do offline, but told me to continue with the tactics ebook which he shared in Session2. HE said, Session 4 he will do the same.

Now, i am feeling a bit neglected. Analyzing a position can be done by ourself, and cross checking with strong engines. And considering the hourly cost of hiring a GM, I am not liking how things are going.

Do you folks feel i am trying to rush too fast to complete stuffs and this is how things normally goes? Or is the GM, really neglecting me, as i am his new student? alien

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Re: How does a grandmaster teach chess?

Post by BorgQueen on July 23rd 2015, 12:31 am

Tough one really.

I have always found that any chess coach, on a one to one basis, was a bit of a "tall order".

With chess, imo, you only learn proportionally as much as you invest in effort. The more effort you put into study, the more you get from it.

Importantly, it's not like the coach can just transfer the information that you need via Vulcan mind-meld. Any coach will have a super hard time trying to figure out just what it is that you need to know. Where the gaps are in your knowledge. If you know where those gaps are, you can study them on your own time to improve. If you don't know, then how do you expect the coach to know? Only with a LOT of time can the coach detect what you are lacking and therefore what to teach you.

That's my take on it.





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Re: How does a grandmaster teach chess?

Post by blackwins on September 7th 2015, 6:55 am

My experiences with IM/GM's are so bad I gave up...so I study by myself...have gone through all ICS material and let's see how it goes from here...best!

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