36 Player reviews
Just started with Dejan and I am very happy. He clearly has a lot of experience and motivates me to improve. Looking forward to the rating gains :)
I've been working with Dejan for nearly 4 months now. And he has improved my skill a lot. In 4 months, my rating has increased by 200. Dejan teaches many different rules and concepts to students and then he will test their skill in a game.
His teaching is very structured and I can definitely recommend him as a coach. :)
Dejan is a very experienced coach who always comes well prepared for lessons. I've only taken a couple of lessons so far, but already am feeling improving. I'd highly recommend him as a coach.
A great first lesson with Dejan. I enjoyed his suggested approach of applying the five minute rule, encouraging deeper thought on the rationale for your move choices and ideas. Looking forward to the next few lessons.
I recently started taking lessons from Dejan. I find his lessons very challenging and organised and so can recommend it to anyone who is serious about improving his chess game!
I just started, but the lessons are a lot of fun. Dejan is very motivated and gives great insight. There's no better coach for this kind of money!
Great personality, excellent explanations and clearly conveys important strategical aspects and plans. The 5 minute rule where the student analyzes critical positions is quite the mental workout and really pushes my limits.
The practice rapid games at the end of a lesson are wonderful. Having the student do analysis and annotation as homework is challenging but equally rewarding, and his critiques to these annotations are invaluable. Be prepared to work to earn your rating points! Having completed several lessons, I can already feel changes in my game and the way I think about positions. Very excited to continue working with IM Stojanovski!
Very friendly, very helpful, lots of energy! The problems he presents you with are a great way to force you to deeply analyze a position. Looking forward to working more with him!
My son worked with IM Dejan for 2 lessons and can say that he is a good coach. We decided after 2 lessons that the online method is not the best way for my son and suggested to proceed with a live coach and/or self study. Very attentive to details and punctual. I wish him all the best.
My son is working with IM Dejan Stojanovski for a second year, starting as an absolute beginner and growing up with his help. I am more than happy to recommend this trainer / teacher, to any one willing to spend 2-3 hours per day in chess learning, as Dejan deserves good students as well, cos he is investing him self. Last, but not least, he is great person and enjoyable chat friend.
My son had 2 lessons with Dejan. He is very enthusiastic about chess and follow a structured approach.
My son likes his lessons. I hope to see improvements in his games under Dejan's guidance.
He really helped me to get the FM-Title. His lessons are challenging and interesting.
I can only tell the best about him!
I just finished my first lesson with Dejan. He is very good at explaining the essence of a position, and it is clear that he is very experienced as a teacher. I look forward for the next lesson. Thank you Dejan !
Dejan is a great chess coach. He has been coaching my son for last 6 months. He is punctual, articulate and very thorough. He communicates in good English and demonstrates high energy during sessions . Highly recommended.
Dejan makes sure that you're well stimulated and challenged. His approach is patient and focused, always encouraging you to analyze your situation as deeply and efficiently as you can. I would greatly recommend him!
Enjoyable lessons with a focus on improving your thinking about a position. Understandable both in explanations and good English, Dejan is a great and well organised teacher.
As a club player with about 26 years of serious chess experience, I was finding it difficult to improve. Affordable long term coaching in the UK for my level (unless you're a junior) is difficult to come by, especially outside of the London area. I'm very pleased with the lessons I'm receiving via skype and only wish I'd taken some sooner. Looking forward to enjoying my chess games even more.
David, 1850+ FIDE, 160+ ECF
Just started to get lessons from Dejan. He is not just a great trainer but also a very nice person. He is ready very well prepared to lessons. Waiting for next lessons now :)
I had two lessons so far with Dejan. The lessons are very well prepared and personalized. They include problems (applying the famous 5 minute rule), concepts or practice games which should be analysed as homework for review in the next lesson.
Dejan's passion for chess and teaching is obvious and he is genuinely interested in student's progress.
Overall I am very pleased and will continue with a long term plan.
Excellent teacher. My 11-year-old son is doing a high level endgame course with Dejan. He forces the student to think about each problem and explains the concepts very well. Fluent English and easy to coordinate lessons.
Dejan Stojanovski is very knowledgeable as expected from an IM. Lessons are very flexible with regards to schedule. He makes use of a great 5 minute rule that makes you think about positions. It is very important to focus and not just listen to his explanations. It helps to keep in mind the concepts he explains when playing games. He also offers the possibility to play a game during lesson which we then analyse together. Looking forward to more lessons!
Very precise and professional. Clear expectations for my daughter after our first lesson.
I had three lessons so far. I really like the teaching style so far. There is a good balance between thinking about the problem and explanation. I can only recommend Dejan, as he seems to be a very nice and reliable person and a great teacher.
Very good teacher and very nice person. His method of working is really enjoiable with the 5min rule: he force you to think even when you suppose to have the right reply in the position; in this way he forms your self-control that is a crucial skill in over the board situation, especially in long time control but also in rapid.
Infact many points we lost are not because of our poor skill, but because of our wrong decision in position where we can play a good move (best or 2nd best) and instead we play a random move.
Very kind person and very expert trainer!! Thank you coach!!
I took 3 lessons so far. It is quite intense. The example games are very useful and I like his 5 minute rule.
Pretty good teacher, patient and explains well. His 5-minute rule is very helpful to make sure you are thinking deeply and critically. It is very apparent that he cares a lot about teaching and his students; he provided many helpful materials to succeed.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson with Dejan. He was extremely patient with me when I made mistakes, and seemed genuinely motivated to teach me how to do better next time. He starts off with a clear, clever training plan, and is invested in making sure you follow it. He's the best chess player I have come across - I highly recommend him.
We just had our first lesson with Dejan to day. It was greate for our daughter to work with him. For us it is important that he has a plan. And that he can see where she can improve. We look forward to work more with him. He is also very helpful:)
I have the pleasure to have dejan as my chess coach for 15 months now, 2hours lessons per week. He improved my game and rating greatly (started 1600, now i'm 1900) and it's so much fun to use the great knowledge about middlegame strategy, openings and endgames that he gave me. Also with a lot of work and talk we were able to get over my psychological problems in OTB games. He also tought two of our clubs juniors, they are 14 and 17 years old and both around 2200 Fide thanks to him. Dejan is very correct and reliable with the lessons and analysis, also i recieved a great deal of books and digital data to intensify my studies. he's such a nice guy, we became great friends in this periode of time :). I can only recommend him as a chess teacher
Dejan and I worked together on preparing my opening repertoire. He had wide and deep knowledge in middle games, being able to explain many difficult concepts fluidly. It's a pleasure working with him.
I just had my first lesson with Dejan now. He really has an excellent teaching style and is a very kind person as well. I am very happy to have found him here on lichess. His lesson was to the point and adjusted to what I need. I can definitely recommend his lessons to everyone out there seriously considering to improve his or her chess skills.
It was a wonderful surprise to find Dejan as a coach. I reached a point in my life where I was a successful professional but had to sacrifice my dream of becoming a good chess player. Dejan thought me many technical aspects of the game over the last two years and more important he thought me how to enjoy chess again. He's very experienced player and has an interesting fact in his career: his H2H against the world champion is 1/2-1/2 :)
I trained now with Dejan for about 1 year and he helped me alot improving my chess skills. His lessons are great. He is always on time, never cut a lesson and is a very kind person who expleins everything very well.
I also met him in reallife when i was on a camp with him in Skopje and he is a very wise man despite he is so young.
My son currently was at a level that he did not make easy mistakes within 2-3 moves, but in the meantime had big trouble finding a plan to attack. Coach Dejan worked with him closely and my son liked the step-by-step, interactive way to find plans to attack.
Dejan Stojanovski is a great teacher. From the lesson I can see that he is very interested about chess... and especially teaching chess. After having couple of lessons with him, I can say that his lessons are very well organised. He has a great teaching experience. And I beieve he can imrove your chess level a lot.
Great Teacher.. Tips , analysis , improvement.. etc .. You can Fight The life with him..