Trainers

EVERY Saturday from March through May 2022

English Trainers 🇬🇧

Alexey
Kuzmin

Language

English
Russian

Title

Grandmaster

Alexey Kuzmin is a Russian grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. After being the second of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov during his matches against Garry Kasparov, Kuzmin has been a prolific author and trainer. He has worked with some of the most creative players of our times: GM Alexander Morozevich and GM Shakryar Mamedyarov.  In addition, he has worked for more than 15 years with the national team of Qatar; his pupil Mohamed Al-Mediakhi was honored with the title “The best Arab chess player of the XXth century”.

Ivan Sokolov

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster

Ivan Sokolov is a Dutch-Bosnian grandmaster, a best-selling author, and a FIDE Senior Trainer. Formerly number 12 in the world, Sokolov defeated 6 world champions. His most notable students include GM Alireza Firouzja and GM Jorden Van Foreest. 

 

 

Melikset
Khachiyan

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster

Melikset Khachiyan is an American grandmaster and a FIDE Senior Trainer. Originally from Armenia, Khachiyan raised many talented kids who eventually became known in the chess world. Among them: GM Arman Pashikian, GM Tigran Petrosian, GM Tigran Gharamian, and the most famous, GM Levon Aronian. Since 2010, GM Khachiyan is the Head Coach of the U.S. Women Olympic Team.

Yu Shaoteng

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster​

Yu Shaoteng is a Chinese grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. Since 2010, Yu is the head coach of the Chinese women’s team. His most notable pupil is GM Hou Yifan, who is a four-time women’s world champion and the second highest rated female player of all time.

Dejan Bojkov

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster​

Dejan Bojkov is a Bulgarian grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. He worked for world champion Antoaneta Stefanova and has extensive experience coaching national teams and young talents all around the world. Bojkov is also a prolific author.

Ramesh RB

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster​

Ramachandran Ramesh is an Indian grandmaster and well-known trainer who has created many grandmasters, international masters, and world champions in youth categories. He’s been instrumental to the rise of the Indian chess scene in the last decade.

Farrukh
Amonatov

Language

English
Russian

Title

Grandmaster​

Farrukh Amonatov is the first grandmaster from Tajikistan. Amonatov is a FIDE Senior Trainer and the official coach of the Russian Juniors chess team. He conducts chess camps with talented juniors from all over the world.

Igor Stohl

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster​

GM Igor Stohl is one of the strongest Slovakian chess players and a renowned trainer. His book “Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces” and his books on Kasparov’s games have been highly acclaimed and were translated into 5 languages.

Evgeny Najer

Language

English
Russian

Title

Grandmaster

Evgeny Najer is a Russian grandmaster and the European champion of 2015. He is also one of the coaches of the Russian women’s national team.

Thomas Luther

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster

Thomas Luther is a German grandmaster, an author, and a FIDE Senior Trainer. A two-time national champion of Germany, Luther was part of the German team that got the silver medal in the 2000 Chess Olympics. Considered one of the leading experts on French Defense, Luther has published several courses on opening theory and other topics. 

 

 

Ilya Smirin

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster​

With a peak rating of 2702, Israeli Grandmaster Ilya Smirin has been ranked #13 in the world. The renowned author of “King’s Indian Warfare” and “Sicilian Warfare” also works as a trainer and commentator.

Mikhail
Gourevich

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster​

Mikhail Gurevich is a Soviet-born Belgian grandmaster. He was a top ten ranked player from 1989 to 1991. Gurevich became a Grandmaster in 1986, and is currently a FIDE Senior Trainer and arbiter.

Georg Mohr

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster

In addition to being an accomplished player, Slovenian Grandmaster Georg Mohr is a chess journalist and author. Since 2004 he is a FIDE Senior Trainer.

Michael
Oratovsky

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster

The Israeli Grandmaster Michael Oratovsky is a former student of the Botvinnik-Kasparov chess school who now works as a trainer. He has worked with former world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Antoaneta Stefanova.

Adrien Demuth

Language

English

Title

Grandmaster

Grandmaster Adrien Demuth is a chess coach and author from France.

His straightforward explanations and focus on practical play have helped adults and youngsters alike reach their chess goals for more than 10 years – most notably the French national youth team in their preparation for the Chess Olympiads and European Chess Championships. 

 

 

Vishal Sareen

Language

English

Title

International Master

Vishal Sareen is an International Master and FIDE Senior Trainer from India. In his two decades of coaching, he has worked with several well-known grandmasters and international masters. IM Sareen has coached the Indian women’s team in multiple world and Asian tournaments.

Spanish Trainers 🇪🇸

Reinaldo Vera

Language

Spanish

Title

Grandmaster

Reinaldo Vera is a Cuban grandmaster, author, and FIDE Senior Trainer. Vera is a two-time Cuban national champion and a gold medal winner in the 1998 Chess Olympiad.

 

 

Alonso Zapata

Language

Spanish

Title

Grandmaster​

Alonso Zapata is one of the first grandmasters of Latin America and a FIDE Senior Trainer. An eight-time Colombian national champion, Zapata now resides in the United States.

Gueorgi
Castaneda

Language

Spanish

Title

Grandmaster

Gueorgi Castaneda is a Russian-Peruvian grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer who has played an instrumental role in the development of young South American players in the last decades.

Antoaneta
Stefanova

Language

Spanish

Title

Grandmaster​

Bulgarian Grandmaster Antoaneta Stefanova is a former women’s world champion (2004-2006) and one of the best female players of all time.

Bernal
Gonzalez

Language

Spanish

Title

Grandmaster​

Bernal Gonzalez is the first grandmaster from Costa Rica and  FIDE Trainer.

Russian Trainers 🇷🇺

Mikhail Kobalia

Language

Russian

Title

Grandmaster​

Mikhail Kobalia is a Russian grandmaster and a FIDE Senior Trainer. Kobalia worked with World Champion Garry Kasparov from 2000 to 2003. From 2007 to 2009, he was a coach of the Russian women’s Olympic team, which during this time won the European team championship and got silver medals twice at the World Team championships. From 2011 to present, Mikhail is the Head coach of the Russian junior team. Since 2020, Kobalia is Chairman of the FIDE Trainers Commission.

Alexey
Kuzmin

Language

Russian
English

Title

Grandmaster

Alexey Kuzmin is a Russian grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. After being the second of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov during his matches against Garry Kasparov, Kuzmin has been a prolific author and trainer. He has worked with some of the most creative players of our times: GM Alexander Morozevich and GM Shakryar Mamedyarov.  In addition, he has worked for more than 15 years with the national team of Qatar; his pupil Mohamed Al-Mediakhi was honored with the title “The best Arab chess player of the XXth century”.

Evgeny Najer

Language

Russian
English

Title

Grandmaster

Evgeny Najer is a Russian grandmaster and the European champion of 2015. He is also one of the coaches of the Russian women’s national team.

Farrukh
Amonatov

Language

Russian
English

Title

Grandmaster​

Farrukh Amonatov is the first grandmaster from Tajikistan. Amonatov is a FIDE Senior Trainer and the official coach of the Russian Juniors chess team. He conducts chess camps with talented juniors from all over the world.

Yakov Geller

Language

Russian

Title

Grandmaster

Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer Jakov Geller is one of Russia’s top modern coaches. He has worked with the Russian youth team for more than ten years. He was the winner of the FIDE Trainer Awards 2021 in Samuel Reshevsky nomination – for the best achievement by a junior prodigy (U-14). Jakov’s students have won youth world and European championships many times, won U16 gold medals at the World Youth Olympiad, and become Russian national champions. Further, his students, including grandmasters Ivan Bukavshin, Alexander Predke and Dinara Dordzhieva, have achieved significant success in adult chess – they have won prestigious tournaments and played for the men’s and women’s Russian national teams.

Murtas
Kazhgaleyev

Language

Russian

Title

Grandmaster

Kazakhastani Grandmaster Murtas Kazhgaleyev is known as a notable chess player of sharp combination style. At the peak of his career, his rating reached 2653 on the Elo system. He trains one of the strongest young female players of the world, IM Dinara Saduakassova.

Igor Lysyj

Language

Russian

Title

Grandmaster

Igor Ilyich Lysyj is a Russian chess player and writer. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2007. He became Russian champion in 2014.