Coaches

Are you a coach? Let me know and I can add your name to the list!  Different coaches have different styles and different rates, so keep that in mind.  For learning just the basics, the analogy I give is that it doesn’t take a Math Major to teach long division.

Many resources can also be found online or in print.  A coach is an invaluable tool, but they won’t build the house for you.  You still need to put in the necessary work.

GM Mauricio Flores
mauricio.a.flores.math@gmail.com

IM John Bartholomew
fins0905@gmail.com

WIM Aura Salazar 763-656-9737
aura.cris.salazar@gmail.com

FM Alex Balandin
cynicalodessit@gmail.com

WFM Sima Tsyganova
sima@serafima31@yahoo.com

NM Dane Mattson
mattsondane@gmail.com

NM Bill Harrison
b-chessguy@hotmail.com

NM Mike Fellman 612-481-0947
mikefellman@comcast.net

NM Nathan Hoover
nathanhoover@msn.com

Expert Eric Bell
ericbell79@yahoo.com

Expert Dane Zagar
danezagar@gmail.com

Experienced Coach Igor Rybakov
igor_rybakov@yahoo.com

There are a few others I know of, but they will take on students on a case by case basis.

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