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FM Midas Ratsma join now for individual and group lessons, free opening courses and videos, connect with new chess friends and training partners

LocationUtrecht, The Netherlands Netherlands
LanguagesNederlands, English (US)
Hourly rateIndividually from €36 FREE INTRODUCTION SESSION OF 30 MINUTES
AvailabilityAccepting students

About me

Hi, I am a Dutch Fide master 28 years old, and have been enjoying playing and coaching chess for many years.
All information can also be found on my website:

You can take a training package of 10 weekly lessons with a discount:

Single lessons €45,- per hour

10 lessons of 1 hour: €405,- (10% discount)

10 lessons of 1,5 hours: €573.75,- (15% discount)

10 lessons of 2 hours: €720,- (20% discount)

You can contact me at or on lichess

Playing experience

Since my youth, I am an active chess player who is competing frequently in chess tournaments in The Netherlands and abroad. My level of play improved over the last couple of years by using powerful training tools and methods, which are underestimated and not frequently used by other players. In the summer of 2018, I earned the FIDE master title and my ambition is to keep on improving.

Group lessons are possible in small groups, you have to sign up in a group.

5x1.5-hour lessons in a group of 4 for €87.50 per person

5x1.5-hour lessons in a group of 3 for €110,- per person

5x1.5-hour lessons in a group of 4 for €150,- per person

All students receive chess puzzles as unlimited homework

Teaching experience

I am working as a full-time chess coach teaching about 25 hours per week to students ranging from beginner to 2000 level, which I enjoy a lot. Over the year, I collected a lot of training exercises for different levels and created multiple opening repertoires and instructive YouTube videos.

Other experiences

Best skills

I would say my three best skills in teaching are:

1) To explain difficult strategic concepts in a way that is easy to understand and implement

2) To provide you with high-quality training material based on your level like; calculation exercises and an opening repertoire

3) To teach you how to use the most important books, chess videos, ChessBase and other training tools, which makes you able to continue improving your chess even when the lessons are over

Teaching methodology

The lessons focus on the following aspects depending on your personal preference

- Create a personal training plan: Which openings to study and how? How to improve your tactics and calculation? What part of your game needs the most improvement?

- Game analyses: Analysis of your tournament and competition games

- Training exercises: Exercises to practice calculation and endgame knowledge

- Homework: exercises and openings to study in-between the lessons

- Tournament preparation: Specific preparation for your next opponent in a tournament

Chess players from beginner level till 2100 rating are welcome to take online training on skype. If you are interested you are welcome to plan a free introduction session, of 30 minutes to get to know each other. After the introduction session, you can decide if you want to continue and take lessons.

Youtube videos