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FM Marko Makaj

Practice makes perfect;-)

LocationOnline Croatia
LanguagesHrvatski, English (US)
RatingFIDE: 23872483
Hourly rateVery affordable
AvailabilityAccepting students

About me

Very affordable rates for Group classes!

I am an FM with an ELO rating of around 2390, a professional chess trainer, and a writer. As a chess trainer, I work for more than 15 years. I the beginning I work only with the young prodigies in Croatia, but for in the last 5 years, I work and was working with more than 50 people from all around the world. In my work, there are no limitations and there is only one thing which matters and that is to love chess. I accept students with different knowledge and ages and my work is highly individual.
Also, I work and make the learning content for great teaching and learning site Chessable". The Fighting Sveshnikov Sicilian, The Fighting Kings Indian and Calm & Collected 1.d4. You can find them here:
For any kind of questions, please contact me on my e-mail:

Playing experience

I play not so much these days, because I work on teaching and writing, but next year I hope to start again. In the last decade, I play first and second Croatian League on the first table and almost every year I was the best first table.

Teaching experience

I work with chess players of all ages and strength for more than 15 years. All of them improve and some younger became the national champions under some ages.

Other experiences

I make the chess learning content for a great chess site "Chessable". For now, I make two books and work now on third. You can find them on the links before.
Also, I work for the other chess learning site, Remote Chess Academy.

Best skills

I like to be balanced between aggression and positional play.

Teaching methodology

I always work individually and prepare for every student.