Survey – private coaching

Comments: 24

Today, I’ve some good news for you. Recently, we conducted a survey and I’m glad that many of you took part in it and shared your suggestions with me. As you may know, we always want to give you the BEST. 🙂

In the Remote Chess Academy, we want to be in touch with you regularly to know and understand your requirements, in order to ensure that we try our best to fulfil everyone’s needs.

If you see regular changes (such as new products, offers and different updates on our website), it’s because we DO take your feedback into account. 🙂

Therefore, in the recent survey, it was noticed that many of you requested private coaching from me and books/lessons from specific authors/GMs.

In chess (and also in any sport), one of the important training methods is private coaching. For instance, even the world champion Magnus Carlsen or any other top GM needs private coaching. Why is it important? After all, Carlsen is the world champion and his rating is higher than his coach’s – but still, why do they need a coach?

Not only in chess, but also in any sport, having a private coach is a very important factor for a player’s improvement and progress in that game. Coaches will not only teach their students but will also analyse and evaluate them, helping the player psychologically.

In chess, a coach can help a player with a lot of things like:

  • mental encouragement
  • investigate the student’s and also the opponent’s weaknesses
  • prepare opening lines
  • provide psychological tips
  • provide the student with important top-level games
  • identify and establish the player’s potential, talent and thinking skills. And the list goes on…

As I said, such things not only apply in chess but also in any sport.

(Also, I have already discussed the qualities of a good coach here: LINK)

Therefore, we have prepared a survey about private coaching and we would like you to take part in it. Moreover, in return, you will get a nice present – the summary of the lesson “Misguided Techniques”. 🙂

Let me explain about the survey now.

The prime reason for and the purpose of this survey is that we want to know your thoughts and needs about having private chess lessons from trained coaches in RCA. The survey has about eight questions and almost all of them are pretty simple.

Regarding this private coaching feature, we may allow any professional coach to give lessons. Thus, we can engage a lot of different coaches, titled players, etc. for you to choose from. Alternatively, we can prepare the coaches ourselves. They would follow RCA principles of teaching. Therefore, in this case, the quantity of coaching will be limited to a group of “certified RCA coaches“.

In any case, we’d like to know YOUR opinion about this. Therefore, it would be very helpful if you can let us know your needs by taking part in the survey! 🙂



<<Take part in the survey now>>

We are investigating both the quantity of interested STUDENTS and COACHES. Therefore:

  • If you are a student, who would like to get private coaching – please, let us know your needs and preferences.
  • If you are a coach, and want to improve your professional level, get new students and support chess fans all around the globe – let us know about you! (this relates to the questions 7 and 8 in the survey)

Please, take a little time to help us understand your needs. We’ll appreciate that a lot, and will be glad to reward you with a nice present.

Spoiler alert: Something exciting will happen this month! 🙂


Finally, let me check your tactical skills and see if you are strong enough. 🙂


Black to play

White has just made a blunder by playing Qd2; how can Black make use of it? Can you find the tactical blow?

After calculating all possible variations, find the solution here: LINK

P.S. We’ll certainly be considering everyone’s opinion and will do our best to bring these into action. If you want to say anything else, feel free to write it in comments below.
Comments: 24

Comments 22

  1. If you plan on doing chess coaching, you should base a program of study based off of Self-Taught GM. That is, make it a structured progression, so you can ‘check off’ each element that gets mastered as you approach chess mastery. Because each person is unique and has different chess strengths and weaknesses, you would need some sort of initial assessment, but after that you could follow a comprehensive and structured program and feel real satisfaction as you improve.

    It would be incredibly ambitious and likely never happen, but I would love if RCA created something like Duolingo is a website that teaches languages, and it does it through learning small blocks of knowledge and repeatedly retesting it. It treats it like a game, where you get rewarded for practicing every day and has ‘level ups’ for getting ‘experience points’ during practice.

    Something like this would be amazing for chess. You could learn blocks of knowledge like common tactical motives and constantly retest the positions you have trouble with. You would also have blocks for planning, sacrifices, opening lines, anything and everything for chess. Again, it would be incredibly ambitious, but I can dream, right? 😀

  2. I think there is a huge problem with the survey:

    The question: would you like to receive private coaching:

    How much would you be willing to pay:
    The lowest amount I can tick is 10-20 USD.

    Therefore people who wish to receive private lessons but do not have the money will fill in “yes” and 10-20USD, which leads to an overestimation of the amount of people willing to pay. Next time add a “no money” option.

    1. Hi Robin,
      10 – 20 USD is our current lowest price.Please note that the coach for the Private lesson has to be paid.

      Prasaadh / Student Support Officer

  3. I want to congratulate igor taking our feedback seriously and coming forth with
    excellent idea and I want to take private lessons from you because as I own your courses and would want to study with you and even it is weekly once will be good
    fees should be average and can take many hrs

  4. Hi Jay,

    Please contact our customer support through the “Support” tab in our blog.

    Best regards,
    Silvestras | Student Support Officer

  5. Guys, thanks a lot for sharing your views on this new idea of private coaching!

    Let me clarify one thing. It’s rather NOT about my personal coaching. Due to my tight schedule, and huge quantity of students out there, I can’t provide my personal coaching really.

    There are 2 other options available instead.
    1) I can engage lots of different professional coaches and titled players to make lessons.
    2) Alternatively, I can train and prepare a special group of coaches. They would follow RCA principles of
    teaching. Then the quantity of coaches will be limited to a group of
    “certified RCA coaches”.

    I would be glad to know which option do you prefer. If you have any other ideas or suggestions – you are welcome to provide them via the above survey, or here in comments.

  6. Students are attracted to the way you teach and the empathy you show when we do not understand a concept. By getting coaches and titled players you are missing that important point. Many coaches may be 2600 playing strength but there teaching strength is 1600.

  7. Igor
    If possible answer my question
    is it prudent to study both tactics and attack side by side as both are interrelated .
    art of attack is good book

    thank you

    1. Hi Raj,
      Igor Smirnov has a busy schedule but I will help you.
      Yes, it is important to know both about Tactics and attacking on Kindside and queenside. If you are a beginner to know specific tactical patterns is more important.
      For more information please see the below link.

      Prasaadh / Student Support Officer

  8. Hi Jay,

    Apologies for the delay. I have informed our delivery department and your premium video is will be sent to your email id soon.

    Best regards,
    Silvestras | Student Support Officer

    1. Hi Jay,

      Apologies for the delays, please check your email – I have just sent you the survey present.

      Best regards,
      Silvestras | Student Support Officer

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