Search
Austin E.'s Photo

Austin E.

Chess Tutoring for Casual and Tournament Players

Chess Tutoring for Casual and Tournament Players

$70/hour

  • 756 hours tutoring

About Austin


Bio

My name is Austin E. I graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. I am now a part-time chess teacher with students of all ages and skill levels.

My coaching experience began as an unofficial coach for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School chess team. In the few years I coached there I helped them achieve 3 top 25 finishes in Illinois as well as a 13-0 conference record in the SWSC.

I began taking chess seriously in 2007...

My name is Austin E. I graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. I am now a part-time chess teacher with students of all ages and skill levels.

My coaching experience began as an unofficial coach for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School chess team. In the few years I coached there I helped them achieve 3 top 25 finishes in Illinois as well as a 13-0 conference record in the SWSC.

I began taking chess seriously in 2007 when I was 16. In high school in 2008, I was the only player to beat FM Albert Chow in a 30+ board simul at Aurora Central Catholic High School. In 2009, I won the division 2 state individual championship in Illinois. I also led my team to a top 25 finish as 1st board.

In the 2 years that I played for the ICCA (Illinois Chess Coaches Association) after high school, I competed in numerous open tournaments held at high schools and accumulated a rating of 2000+.

I recently started playing tournament chess again in 2018 after a 6 year break. Through 5-6 tournaments and a performance rating of over 2000 I raised my USCF rating to 1851, FIDE rating to 1830, and USCF blitz to 1971.

My teaching philosophy begins with thoroughly learning the rules of the game including all of the intricacies of pawn promotions, castling, and en passant. Then some very basic chess strategy is necessary. Things like controlling the center of the board, developing your pieces to form an effective attack, keeping your king safe, and being aware of your opponent's threats will immensely improve a beginner's chess ability.

After this, studying chess tactics becomes crucial for the player looking to improve quickly. A mastery of chess tactics supplemented with a firm grasp of the endgame is the most effective road to chess success. Once students have a strong grasp of tactics and the endgame, we can then look into developing an opening repertoire that would be suitable for tournaments. This is the general roadmap for my teaching. In reality, I can be much


Education

Roosevelt University- Chicago
Philosophy

Policies


Schedule

Loading...

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat


Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Spelling

English

Spelling, Writing

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

Prealgebra, Spelling, Writing

Math

Prealgebra

Most Popular

Prealgebra, Writing

Other

Philosophy

Science

Philosophy

Sports/Recreation

Chess,

Chess

I have been playing chess for almost 10 years now. I have been teaching chess to students in person, online, and in schools for about 8 years. I worked as a volunteer coach for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School chess team and helped them achieve impressive results. The team had a 5-2 record at the state championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and they were also able to go undefeated and win conference in 2011. Most of them are very successful individual players as well and a good number of them are Class B strength tournament players. Immediately after starting to play seriously, I was able to grasp the concepts necessary to excel at my level and I know what it takes to get better quickly. I am expert level strength (approximately 2000+ rating) and I am looking forward to working with students of all skill levels and ages.
Tennis

Tennis

I have been playing tennis for about 8 years now. I started my freshman year in high school and with a lot of practice, I was able to work my way up to 1st doubles. In high school, I also instructed summer tennis camps where the school hosted dozens of 8th graders who were interested in playing tennis the following year. After graduating high school, I then moved on to play 2nd singles at Roosevelt University. Since graduating, I have focused more on instructing beginners in tennis and preparing them to play on a team or just have fun on the weekends.

Summer

Tennis,

Tennis

I have been playing tennis for about 8 years now. I started my freshman year in high school and with a lot of practice, I was able to work my way up to 1st doubles. In high school, I also instructed summer tennis camps where the school hosted dozens of 8th graders who were interested in playing tennis the following year. After graduating high school, I then moved on to play 2nd singles at Roosevelt University. Since graduating, I have focused more on instructing beginners in tennis and preparing them to play on a team or just have fun on the weekends.
Writing

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (215 ratings)
5 star
(214)
4 star
(1)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(0)

Reviews

Interactive and Insightful Session

I learned how to open with pawns, how to defend against knights, how to evaluate the value of different pieces, how to sequence moves. Very helpful. I also received helpful tips for homework and a plan for the next lesson.

Gordon, 2 lessons with Austin

Great chess tutor!

My son is loving the chess lessons! Austin is knowledgeable and fun and my son is really enjoying the weekly sessions. We highly recommend Austin for tutoring!

Erin, 26 lessons with Austin

Skilled and goal driven

Austin knows his stuff. And knows my goals. Like the strategy he proposed of getting into games and seeing where I started going astray. Will be using him regularly.

Mike, 4 lessons with Austin

Very patient and gives great instruction.

My daughter has done four lessons with Austin and she is learning so much from him! He is a great teacher and is very patient and gives great instruction! She is now meeting with him once a week and looks forward to every lesson!

Sofia, 30 lessons with Austin

Knowledgeable and patient tutor.

Austin is a great chess tutor. He really engages in active learning (i.e., he doesn't just lecture to you) with his students in a way that accelerates the learning curve. Five stars -- would highly recommend.

George, 72 lessons with Austin

California loves Austin!

Austin is helping my 9 year old love the game of chess! In addition to being a tutor Austin is a positive influence that my son gets to download lots of info from, get constructive feedback on performance, be challenged by and grow.

Amanda, 5 lessons with Austin

Knowledgeable and patient tutor.

Austin provides detailed and in-depth chess instruction. So says my child who takes his chess lessons. He has learned quite a bit by all the additional resources Austin has shared as well. We are happy with Austin!

Mabel, 53 lessons with Austin

Great!

My son loved his first lesson with Austin, he had a lot of fun, finished his lesson and wanted to keep playing, invited every member of the family to play :) He is looking forward for his next one.

MV, 65 lessons with Austin

Works great with kids

Austin has an encouraging style, and works well with our to children. He has an encouraging style which makes learning easier. He has been working with us for at least 6 lessons, and the kids enjoy the session.

Rich, 12 lessons with Austin

chess coach

Austin did a great job with my boys and was able to assess where they are fairly quickly and build on their skills. I would highly recommend him to others looking for a chess coach.

Michal, 6 lessons with Austin
Contact Austin

Response time: 46 minutes

$70/hour

Austin E.'s Photo

Austin E.

$70/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Austin

Response time: 46 minutes