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Chess Coach, 2021 Chicago Open Winner
Theodore E.

733 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Hourly Rate: $60

Response time: 4 hours

Theodore E.'s Photo

Chess Coach, 2021 Chicago Open Winner
Chess Coach, 2021 Chicago Open Winner
Theodore E.

733 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

733 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Theodore


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Recent graduate from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. Former Member of the Yale Chess Team. 2021 Chicago Open Champion of the U1700 section. I am passionate about learning, and really enjoy helping students become more confident in their own problem-solving skills on and off the board.

Through self study and grandmaster coaching, I've elevated my chess game quite a bit over the last decade, and helped students to do the same. I work together with my students to...

Recent graduate from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. Former Member of the Yale Chess Team. 2021 Chicago Open Champion of the U1700 section. I am passionate about learning, and really enjoy helping students become more confident in their own problem-solving skills on and off the board.

Through self study and grandmaster coaching, I've elevated my chess game quite a bit over the last decade, and helped students to do the same. I work together with my students to build up the habits and experience required to succeed, with a focus on deep understanding of endgames and positional play, combined with consistent tactics training. Either you lose or you learn.

Chess.com ratings are ~2100 blitz, 2000+ rapid, Lichess ratings are 2300 rapid, 2200 blitz.

Please feel free to contact me to learn more or to schedule tutoring sessions in Chess.


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Yale University
Mathematics

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I am a USCF tournament chess player, with OTB rating of 1550, chess.com blitz rating of 2030, lichess blitz rating of 2140. Haven't played in tournaments for a while so my otb rating is much lower than it should be, but chess.com is a valued site and ratings of > 2000 there are widely accepted to correspond to expert level in the USCF and FIDE rating systems. In fact I regularly encounter (and often win against) National Masters from around the world with chess.com ratings of 2000 or below. Expert on the incredibly versatile London System opening for white, and French Defense against e4 for black, but can also teach white e4 openings such as the Scotch gambit and alternate black responses such as the Sicilian dragon. Particularly skilled in playing and teaching endgames.

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Great chess coach!

My 12 year old really enjoyed his lesson with Theodore and he cannot wait to work with him again. He was fun, engaging and my son learned several new tricks right off the bat!

Pamela, 1 lesson with Theodore

A+ Fantastic Chess Tutor

Theo is the man. Awesome, awesome chess tutor. Breaks complex strategies down into digestible learning nuggets. Very patient, great teacher. Already seeing improvement in my game. Highly recommend Theo.

Justin, 4 lessons with Theodore

Extremely kind, knowledgeable and helpful

He has taught me strategies and openings which is exactly what I was looking for! Ive also learned to predict moves ahead of both mine and my opponents. It has been so much fun and I’ve learned so much!

Bonnie, 7 lessons with Theodore

He is a great teacher!!

Theo kindly spent his time monitored how my 7 year old son was playing on Lichess in advance so he knew what my son needs to learn which is very nice. The class content is very diverse, so my son is able to focus throughout the class without getting bored. Thanks to his great character, the class has very uplifting and positive atmosphere. We took classes two days in a row and my son can’t wait for the next one!

Noriko, 14 lessons with Theodore

Great first lesson

Theodore came into the lesson with a plan based on what I had mentioned I struggled with. Super helpful and left me plenty to practice before we meet again next

Matthew, 2 lessons with Theodore

Friendly and Informational

He did a great job of teaching me how to get better, giving me more platforms to improve on, and tips to help in games. He had a lot of resources at the ready for almost every situation. On top of that, he was very sincere and friendly. I had a great time taking the lessons.

Stefan, 3 lessons with Theodore

Personable and skilled

Theodore gave a chess lesson to my son (as a Christmas gift from me). My son was looking for a tutor to help him develop some higher skills and Theodore was personable and enjoyable as well as giving him some good skills to try out. I'm sure we'll be using him again.

Jille, 2 lessons with Theodore

Engaging teacher who makes chess fun!!

Theodore did a first chess lesson with my 5 year old today. The guy is an absolute rockstar. Patient, engaging, clear. My daughter didn't want to leave at the end! Strongly recommend!!

Asa, 50 lessons with Theodore

Excellent tutor

Theo worked with my 11 yo son on his chess game. He did a wonderful job assessing his skills in a supportive way, and talking him through some new strategies for openings and closings. Very sharp yet very fun and accessible at the same time! We are definitely scheduling another lesson :)

Janet, 20 lessons with Theodore

Engaging and patient

Theo was able able to connect with my child in a fun and effective way to teach and help improve on chess skills. Will definitely reengage Theo for some more sessions.

David, 2 lessons with Theodore
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