7 student comments
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!