A very great coach, friend and mentor. Very strong in identifying the issues with my game. Ilja easily identifies my strategic mistake and that helps improve my game a lot, which I can never get from an engine analysis. At several points in a game I just don't know a plan, Ilja funny voice echoes in my mind saying "Talk to your pieces!". His training helps me to more comfortable in an equal position. Ilja does his homework before the lesson, and brings in set of positions catering to a theme he feels I need to learn. He tunes and plans the lessons as we go. Ilja does not waste time in going over detailed opening preparation, but covers various key ideas time to time. I call it organic opening preparation. Last but not the least, I look forward for our lessons. It is a fun 90-120 minutes, he is a more than just a chess coach; A great friend, philosopher, traveller, entrepreneur and human!
Ilja bereitet sich vor jeder Stunde sehr gut vor und findet passende Aufgaben für jedermann. Er ist ansprechbar und offen für alle Fragen. Ilja erklärt Eröffnungen und Stellungstypen sehr genau und versucht dich weiterzubringen. Er geht auf deine Spiele ein, spricht Sie mit dir durch. Er hilft, wo er kann und ist von den Zeiten her sehr flexibel.!
Um es vorwegzunehmen, kann ich Ilja nur wärmstens als Schachcoach empfehlen. Du wirst eine komplett neue Seite von Schach kennenlernen und die Schönheit des Spiels durch eine versierte, metaphorische, lustige und trotzdem dem Thema angemessene ernste Art und Weise erklärt bekommen. Zumindest war es bei mir so und ich hatte bis jetzt (20 J) keine große Ahnung von Schach und das war, ohne zu übertreiben, meine beste Entscheidung bezüglich Schach ! Dazu gilt noch zu sagen, dass er sehr kritikfähig ist und seine Gedankengänge sehr gut in Worte fasst, wodurch man die Tiefe die Schach hat, bzw seine eigenen Fehler, besser verstehen und auch daran arbeiten kann. Wer Interesse hat, aber denkt dass der Preis zu hoch wäre, was auch meine erste Befürchtung war den kann ich beruhigen, denn er überzieht die Stunden immer, sondern lässt keine Frage offen! Wer jetzt immer noch Bedenken hat dem empfehle ich einfach mal eine Stunden zu buchen und sich danach zu entscheiden!
I have been working with Ilja for a couple of months and I really would recommend him! He is one of the best players in Germany with a deep knowledge in strategy, tactics and opening theory. But the most important think is his teaching methodology: He is able to explain complicated ideas very understandable, always friendly and sympathetic. I really improved my skills quickly!
Ilja is a person who watch and identify my weakness, so he can create the lessons on my knwoledge and speed I need. His coaching is always impressive and very helpful. If you try to get better in chess, Ilja would be the right coach. Also if you have a question beside the lessons, he is always ready to help you out.
I am working with Ilja for a couple of months now and I am enjoying it since the very beginning. Ilja is a super professional coach, always on time, very helpful and supportive, very approachable, also outside the lessons. He is not only teaching but also sharing and his approach is to support me in understanding whatever challenge he is giving me. So, it is not just theoretical stuff, taught in a one-way street manner but really looking for my feedback and asking for my needs. I am definitely planning to continue working with Ilja! Beside being a fantastic chess teacher Ilja is a fun person to work with :)
I have been training with Ilja for many months now after trying many trainers and I very impress with his knowledge and teaching style. He is really good on analyzing my games and giving valuable inputs. His suggestions on how to think during the game, how to make critical decision, what to do on specific position and also time management has helped me a lot and I have started getting positive results in my game. His ability to identify the level of the players and giving customize advise to the player’s level is I found very impressive. The material and training exercises is also very specific to players and very good. Not to mention his professionalism, punctuality and friendly behavior is best I found so far. I highly recommend if you are serious about your chess and want to take it to the next level.
Ilja is very professional with a good blend of having fun. Since I starting working with him I've noticed that my playing strength has increased very rapidly and my understanding is too. I enjoy our lessons and the autonomous studies he gives me have helped tremendously. I would strongly recommend Ilja to anyone looking to improve their game.
GM Ilja Zaragatski
Teach me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and i will understand.
Hi! I'm a 32-year-old GM from Hamburg, Germany, and you might know me from chess24. I cover the complete range of topics in chess training. I consider teaching students how to train chess the right way and supporting their autonomous training to be one of the most essential duties of a good chess coach.