Dan is a very knowledgeable player, and also a great teacher. As of this writing, I have been taking lessons with Dan for about 3 months and have become a much stronger player. I was rated 1230-ish in rapid at the time, and now I am at 1460 and still climbing quickly. I'm very happy with my progress under his guidance, and strongly recommend him.
I discovered this wonderful game at the age of 40. I was afraid that I was too old to learn anything more than simply how the pieces move.
I floundered about online and with PC and apps thinking I was making some progress on my own, but as soon as I moved beyond "level 1" I quickly realized I was terribly unqualified.
This eventually led me lichess.org, where I found the coaching services of DrHack. I use the word "coaching" as opposed to "teaching" because now that I have contracted the services of the good Doctor, he is indeed my coach, not simply a teacher.
After 2 lessons, I finally had a break thru moment. In these 2 lessons, Dan has taught me fundamentals in the endgame and opening. Things are starting to "click" for me.
After trying to learn this game on my own by watching videos, reading, studying and playing puzzles, I now realize that the real, tangible improvements I have made have come from Dan's coaching.
I will continue my lessons with DrHack and highly recommend him as your coach.
My son started his chess classes with Dan just a few weeks ago, and I am already seeing the positive impact. Dan is fun to work with, and my son looks forward to the classes. Besides teaching chess tactics, Dan also provided key tips to help focus (and slow down!) during tournaments. My son used these effectively, and is able to compete 3 grades above his level. I would love to see more kids (and adults!) benefit from Dan's training. I should also mention that Dan is very flexible with the class times; given multiple things kids do today, this has been very helpful.
Dan is an excellent chess coach. When I started with him, I was rated 1650. We worked mostly on analyzing my lichess games, where I made numerous positional / strategic mistakes. After a month of coaching, my strategic awareness improved substantially and my rating soon climbed up to 1800. I couldn't have wished for a better coach!
Excelente professor, ele tem uma ótima comunicação e disposição para trabalhar, especialista em dar aulas sobre finais, sua didática é impressionante pela clareza que mostra ao aluno. Qualquer um que tenha aula com este professor será levado a uma incrível experiência de aprendizado por toda vida.
Great coach. I reviewed many months ago when I was a mere 1800 on this site. Now that I have crossed 2000 id like to say thank you to Dan for being such a great coach and my favorite one out of about 5 coaches I have had. We have not worked a lot in the past couple months but we still stay in touch and communicate often. Its really nice to still have someone I can ask questions to when I need quick advice about something. Dan is always willing to help.
Rapid growth starts with an anchor in the fundamentals. - DrHack
Hey all, I'm a 36 year old ghostwriter from Holland Michigan, USA. I have played chess around the world, but mostly stick to my home turf in the Midwest USA. Probably my greatest chess accomplishment was a large tournament in Berlin, Germany in 2007 where I scored 4.5/7 points in the open section. I also wrote a textbook (Homeroom Chess) so elementary teachers could teach chess in their classrooms. I love studying chess with others and thinking about chess pedagogy - the art of learning chess.
I've only played in a handful of tournaments over the years. I tend to prefer regional class tournaments like the Chicago Open. I've played 20,000+ hours of standard and blitz games on the internet, as well as many correspondence games where it is harder to keep track of the time involved. I did manage to beat H. Nakamura in a standard simul game. I retired from simul play shortly after the game, and plan to refuse any rematch. Score.
I've been teaching chess since 2002. I started with the typical coach gig in elementary schools and then moved online as life demanded that I travel and see the world. At one point, I was teaching chess to students in six different countries. A few of my students have become chess masters, but those accomplishments are their own.
I am a flexible teacher. I love teaching the end game and working backwards toward meaning, but I am a very capable teacher of any opening. I can teach you how to develop a personal opening book using your own preferences and tendencies, plus keep it all neat and tidy for future reference.
I prefer to do a short consultation via phone/skype/other before we put together any lessons - send me an email or lichess message that includes a few times when we can talk or play a few games (email@example.com). Everything I do is tailored to the player, discovering together where the holes are in knowledge and psychology of chess.