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GM Elshan Moradiabadi

A curious chess coach with a customized method. A great deal of emphasize on middle game and endgame. My expertise is at helping players who are stuck at a certain level.

LocationNorth Carolina United States
Languagesفارسی, English (US)
RatingFIDE: 25212801274324012198
Hourly rate120$/hr - two vacancies at this point
AvailabilityAccepting students

About me

A simple guy! I am 36 and I live in Durham, NC. Giving lessons in person and online. Chess has become my passion again: teaching, playing, writing! I was a PhD student and I love statistics, and science in general. I love to talk and discuss cognitive science as well.

Playing experience

30 years of playing. 10 years playing in world youth and junior. Won Washington International 2016, Washington congress 2017, Charlotte open 2018, US open qualifier2019, tied for first at the US Masters 2019, won Rilton cup 2019/2020 . Participated in two world Cups (2011, 2021), Tied for the first at the 2022 US open and qualified for the 2022 US championship.

Teaching experience

I have been teaching chess since 2003. FIDE Trainer since 2011. I have trained players who achieved titles (4 IMs, 2 WGMs ).I also have trained over 350 players ranged from 1200-2650. FST level courses. Group and individual classes

Other experiences

Chess commentator for ChessBase. Few commentaries for Commentaries for Chess Life online,
Students (Past and present) :

IM Sarasadat Khadem, Iran's women #1 , IM Kostya Kavutskiy, GM Pouya Idani ( 2011 when he was an IM) , IM Keaton Kiewra, IM Dorsa Derakhshani,

I coached US national team at the world team championship in 2019.
Coached for the US youth team at Pan Ams 2019.
US team head of delegate at world youth 2019.

Co-authored Sherlock's method: A working tool for club players with 2017 US women's champion, WGM Sabina Foisor.

Best skills

Middlegame, evaluation and strategizing. Training program.

Opening repertoires could be built upon request.

Teaching methodology

I am a fan of Jacob Aagaard's method. Endgame is always a must in my classes ( I generate my own positions). I have a huge emphasize on Smyslov, Dvortsky , and Carsten Muller's endgame books.

Public studies


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