Lessons from the chess teacher Jonathan Whitcomb
I can drive to your location, or to a location convenient to both of us, if you live in or near the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. Communities most convenient to my own home in Murray include, but are not limited to, the following:
- West Valley
- South Salt Lake
- Cottonwood Heights
- West Jordan
What is Included in the Chess Instruction?
Your tutoring will be tailor-made for your own abilities and desires in the royal game. If you want to learn the rules of chess, I’ll be happy to teach you. If you know the rules but want to win more games, I’ll be happy to show you how to play better.
Whatever the details of your own lessons, they will probably include the new teaching method NIP: nearly-identical positions. You’ll be shown a position in which you try to find the best move for one side. Whether or not you solve the puzzle quickly by yourself, you will then be shown another position that appears on the surface to be similar. You will then be shown how the tactical solution is different. This will eventually train you to think more like a chess expert: observing the relevant details of tactics.
The first session is free, to allow both of us to get to know each other and answering the following two questions:
- How do I, Jonathan Whitcomb, teach chess lessons?
- What you want to accomplish and where you are in your abilities in chess?
The lessons will be specially created for your individual needs, but certain subjects are needed with many chess students, including these three phases of the game:
- Openings (not just detailed move-variation but purposes and plans)
- Middle Games (not just tactics but strategy, which is different)
- End Games (not just calculating moves but understanding and planning)
Importance of Learning Through Experience
Playing real games of chess—that can help you learn much, as you learn through your mistakes. Chess lessons can be a wonderful supplement to practical experience, but beware of thinking that lessons alone can transform you into an expert chess player.
A chess tutor helping a young player to learn by experience
As you progress in your chess lessons, you’ll find that learning and using chess notation can greatly benefit you, making it much more practical to learn from your games. Whether you take private lessons from me (Jonathan Whitcomb) or from another chess instructor, you’ll probably be taught to record the moves of your games. As you do so, you and your tutor will be able to examine what happened: what you did well and how you might have done better. Your compilation of recorded games will help you gauge your progress.
You can talk with me by phone (801-590-9692) or by email. I’ll be happy to answer your questions regardless of what you decide about private lessons in chess.
I noticed an apparent lack of web sites that list the schools participating in the 2016 Elementary Chess Championship, a tournament held at the University of Utah a few months ago. [Writers need to give this matter more attention: chess tournaments for children in Utah.]
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. . . . Your chess instruction will be precisely arranged according to your individual needs, to most effectively help you improve in your chess-playing abilities.
Many of those who are now chess grandmasters were once students of private chess tutors. That does not mean that every beginner needs chess lessons to progress in his or her abilities in the royal game. . . . [Yet chess lessons can greatly speed up your progress in preparing to win games.]