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IM Jan van de Mortel

20+ years of professional chess coaching

LocationConnecticut United States
LanguagesEnglish, Nederlands
RatingFIDE: 24162516259021922022
Hourly rate$60
AvailabilityAccepting students

About me

I am a 44-year-old stay-at-home-dad of two children, part-time chess coach, lichess berserking bullet addict, US Chess Senior Tournament Director and President of the Connecticut State Chess Association.

Born in the Netherlands in 1975, moved to the United States to start a chess company in 2003, married in 2005 and sacrificed the life of a full-time chess professional in 2010 so my better half could fulfill her life goal.

Playing experience

* National Team Champion U16 with Combinatie Asten (1990)
* National Champion U18 (1993)
* 8th World Youth U18 (1993)
* National Champion U20 (1995)
* International Master (2006)
* US Chess League Champion with New England Nor'easters (2010).

Teaching experience

Chess coach since 1998. Co-founded Chess Education Partners (now GM Chess Academy) in Chicago in 2003. Until 2010 a full-time chess coach at public and private schools, teaching students and chess teachers of all levels and ages. Organized summer chess camps and scholastic tournaments with up to 800 participants.

* Coached GM Robert Hungaski from IM to GM (2010-2012)
* Coach of Team USA at World Youth (2012, 2013)
* Second of GM Loek van Wely for the Masters at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (2012-2015)
* Coach of Team USA at World Cadets (2019)

Other experiences

* Masters in History, Radboud University Nijmegen (2000)
* Regional Editor Kasparov Chess Online (1999-2000)
* Assistant Editor New In Chess Yearbooks (2001)
* Chief Editor Online World Chess (2001-2002)
* Assistant Press Officer, Corus/Tata Steel Chess Tournament (2000-2016)

Best skills

* Weakness & strength analysis of players of all levels and implementation of suggested changes, particularly regarding choice of openings and suggested area of study.
* Application of weakness & strength analysis to targeted opening preparation versus specific players, particularly under time pressure (for example at US chess tournaments where pairings are often not published until fifteen minutes before the start of a round).
* Teaching beginners up to coaching professional players.

Teaching methodology

You can expect from me: interactive prepared lesson geared towards your chess needs and requests.
I expect from you: concentration, participation and dedication during our lesson.

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