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NM Mark Biernacki
2017 North Carolina Chess Champion
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I am a 20 year old National Master from Charlotte, North Carolina. Outside of chess, I enjoy playing Basketball and a little bit of poker. I learned how to play the game at the age of 7 from my older brother and Dad, and I quickly fell in love with the game. I noticed from a young age that many players allow chess to fade out of their lives, so I made a point to always play a little bit of chess. When I got to college in 2015, I was introduced to the online game and have been intensely playing and working on my game ever since. I am currently trying to see what the life of a full-time chess professional is like- by working for the Charlotte Chess Center and taking a break from school. I plan on playing in many major tournaments in 2018, such as the Reykjavik Open, World Open, Chicago Open, and Philadelphia Open. I am young and passionate about the game, and I can guarantee that I will put forth as much effort as is necessary for you to improve.
Most notable achievements:
National Master title- September 2017
State champion- November 2017
I have been teaching chess since I was 15, both in group environments and one-on-one.
Tactical understanding can be obtained on your own- but positional understanding cannot. I believe that an understanding of positional principles is a necessary foundation to become a successful chess player. My lessons will focus on learning from your games, whether they are your own or those that others have played, specifically focusing on knowledge which an engine or database may not be able to explain. Finding the correct plan in a position is where many players struggle, and this is what I focus on.