8 student reviews
I've been taking lessons with Brandon for about a year now, and gone from unrated to 1700+ USCF. I'd say the #1 improvement areas for me since I started working with him is calculation + being concrete about positions instead of playing off general opening motifs. He's extremely well-prepared; if I send him my tournament games before a lesson, by the time we start they're always on the tip of his tongue. He's also a great communicator and never has any trouble understanding my thought process or giving constructive feedback on the areas that need improvement. Lastly, the rate that he charges is very reasonable compared to most other coaches. Would highly recommend.
I've been working with Brandon for about 18 months now. Prior to starting lessons with him I had been stuck in the low 1600s (Rapid). He's helped me through opening theory, calculation, tactics, and how to think positionally. He's always well-prepared, analyzes my games ahead of time, and pinpoints areas that need improvement. Brandon is able to explain complicated concepts clearly and brings a lot of enthusiasm. With his help, I recently hit the 2000 mark in Rapid. I wish I had started working with him earlier on. Tactics books and videos were helpful, but Brandon's knowledge of the game is what really helped me improve.
I just had my first lesson with Brandon and I'm very impressed! We're starting by reviewing my recent OTB games. It was obvious that he spent a lot of time carefully analyzing my games prior to the lesson. As he says, Brandon can explain simple and difficult concepts in a clear, straightforward manner. I plan on becoming a weekly student going forward! I've had several coaches (including a GM and IM) and based on my initial impression, Brandon is the best.
Very friendly,And excellent citizen in lichess.
Like many others, I came across Brandon's Twitch stream and during one game he narrated beating me and predicted my thought process pretty well. I was looking for someone to elevate my game from street chess to proper tournament-ready chess so I began taking lessons with him. I think that while I'm not playing proper chess yet, Brandon has helped deepen my understanding of the game at a reasonable rate with an extremely flexible schedule.
It is difficult to navigate chess but as a teacher Brandon tries to impart wisdom by analyzing positions to understand the imbalances inherent to those positions. Not unlike IM Silman's teachings.
Brandon is a teacher who knows probably close to every trick in the book but is still someone you can have a normal conversation with. If you play chess casually but are looking to take the next step, I can't imagine there's a better teacher to work with than him.
I've been working with Brandon for a little over 2 years now. I found him via his twitch community and have had nothing but good experiences since then. I encourage prospective students to reach out to me, if you want more details.
When I started working with him, I was rated about 1400, and figured I had maybe an outside chance of making it to 2000ELO strength. Now, though I'm not there yet (1800ish), it feels readily attainable.
Brandon has an amazingly talent for making chess, a game which can feel totally inscrutable over the board, feel totally approachable. He teaches you how to confidently break down a position into its component motifs and plans, and then stitch them back together into a complete understanding.
Logistically, Brandon's been a joy to work with. He's quite flexible on meeting times, professional in his schedule, and is willing to work longer on occasion to finish the lesson.
I look forward to seeing how far he can push my chess in future.
Coach Ashe has taken my game from 1100 to 1800. He is fantastic at explaining positional ideas. I always leave lessons feeling more confident for the next tournament. I owe all my tournament success to his patient tutelage. Stage one completed Chesskid, now help me crack 2200!
I have been a part of Amazingoid's twitch student community for 6 years now. He is a high quality teacher, who takes time to step you through the simple ideas in a position so that you can eventually trek through the complicated ideas. He is exceptionally clear and amazing-(oid)-ly fun to learn from. You would love him as a coach!