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.
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).
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.
-Member, Marshall Chess Club -Article + Video contributor for ChessKid.com
-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
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.