My performance on this site is inconsistent. By the way, I can see no reason to want to play on any other site. This is a wonderful chess site.
I feel I need a coach to help me on my chess journey. However, I have noticed whenever I listen to chess commentary I don't always follow what the experts are saying. I love Peter Svidler - perhaps because, as an Englishman, i also love cricket. I do find, nonetheless, that I have no real idea about what he's saying during his commentary. Sometimes, the penny drops days, weeks, months, years later and I have that 'Oh, that's what he means' moment.
I feel that a coach should not necessarily be the best player I can afford to buy, but somone maybe two or three levels above who can clearly be understood because maybe they were having similar issues taking on chess ideas fully.
Would it make sense for me to look for a coach roughly 400-600 points better than I am, rather than trying to learn from the all seeing all knowing master who may know the stuff I am trying to learn so well that they may have difficulty explaining or training me at the level I need to be taught.
Hiring a Phd in maths to teach a youngster how to count seems needlessly excessive and counter productive.
Any thoughts anyone?