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Robert Lazorchak

An experienced scholastic coach and certified teacher

Location New York City, United States
Languages English
Rating 1916 1900
Availability Not accepting students at the moment
Contact Send a private message

About me

My name is Rob Lazorchak, and I am a curriculum chess coach and certified school teacher by profession. I have ten years of full-time scholastic chess coaching experience, and in that time I've developed National Champions, many players on the United States Chess Federation's "Top 100" lists, and thousands of children that now love to play chess.

Playing experience

Anyone with a young child knows that it is difficult to dedicate weekends to playing in chess tournaments, so I am not particularly active over the board right now. Having said that, I am still studying on my own and am rated just under 1900. I had a performance rating of 2068 in my last large tournament (35th Annual Empire City Open).

Teaching experience

FIDE Instructor
Masters Degree in Teaching
USCF Certified Advanced Chess Coach
Team Coach, 2017 K-5 U900 National Champions
Team Coach, 2016 K-3 U800 National Champions

Over the past ten years I have taught chess in several different capacities. I have led after-school clubs, summer camps, workshops, private lessons, curriculum classes, and organized a school-based team that won consecutive national championships. I also have considerable experience being a team room coach during local, regional and national tournaments. I've provided on-site lessons and game analysis for some of the top performing schools in New York City.

Other experiences

-Member, Marshall Chess Club
-Article + Video contributor for

To learn more about me, including a testimonials page, please visit

Best skills

-Quickly and systematically developing beginner chess players to 1000+ USCF
-Ability to break down advanced concepts in a way that is clear and easy to understand

Teaching methodology

Every lesson is created with the individual student in mind. We will find areas of weakness, and I will develop a lesson plan to address them. Thematic homework, based on the day's lesson, is assigned after each class. I don't assign random tactics puzzles, but well thought out exercises to reinforce the teaching point(s). I am always available via email between lessons, and usually respond within a couple hours.