student endorsements and accomplishments
Dr. Jeffrey Plew (Australia)
Started lessons in January, 2010. Jeffrey played in three Doerberl Cups and made progress every year. In the 2010 Doerberl Cup he scored only 50% in the "B" group. In the 2011 Doerberl Cup, he shared 3rd-4th. In 2012 Jeffrey played in the main event where he beat his first master and got a lot of Elo points.
At the 2012 World Open in Philadelphia he achieved a performance rating of about 2200, beating another FM in round 1 and drawing a WGM.
Jeffrey Plew completed the 'double' at the 2013 Dubbo Open, winning both the New South Wales (NSW) Country Championship, and the Dubbo Open itself.
FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)
In less than a year my South African rating went from 1756 to 1954. ● 3rd in the National Championship U-16 in 2010. ● Won the U-18 Champion of RSA in 2011. ● Finished second in the African 2012 Youth Championships and became an FM. Shared 1st-3rd places but still won 2nd place U-18.
Though seeded #23 in the South African Open 2014 he placed clear 4th (8/11) behind one GM, one IM and one WIM. Against Georgian GM Merab Gagunashvili, he played the Benko gambit, as recommended, and got a winning position. But in the end he faltered against the stronger opponent. Congratulations, Francois! See what happened.
He showed an impressive performance in the South Africa Open 2015 (the second year in a row) and added 88 ELO points () beating with Black an opponent rated 400 points higher.
Sergei Aslanov (RUS)
Sergei Aslanov (RUS) made a tiger leap from 2226 to 2300+ rating in less than one month A few months later he continued his steady progress. So, 106 ELO points has been earned in 3 months. Good job, Sergei!
Justin Wang (USA)
10-year-old Justin Wang (USA) finished third on the World Chess Championship U-10. He kept the lead for 8 rounds, but the loss in round 9 left him without chances for a gold medal. The bronze medal is a good enough achievement. He started playing chess 3 years ago. In my opinion, his best game was the win in round 3. Take a look and enjoy his instant attack with pawns on moves 22-25.
NM Bhaskar Gupta (India)
He began serious study with me in September, 2011. He made quick progress in both mastership and rating which increased from 1933 to 2195 in less than one year!
Epiphany Peters (USA)
"Mr. Aveskulov has been an excellent coach! Until I took lessons from him, I was having trouble identifying the errors in my own games. Now he analyzes my games in depth and helps me find my mistakes so I can understand them and work on avoiding them in the future. He has also helped me significantly with my endgame, and advised me with my opening repertoire. I really enjoy our lessons and I recommend Mr. Aveskulov as a coach."
At 14, she is the Women's 2012 Champion of Japan.
Praveen Narayanan (USA)
"I recommend Valeriy as an excellent chess trainer for his logical and patient approach, and in his ability to break down positions into their essential elements in a way that is accessible to the student. His services are also relatively inexpensive and affordable. He has helped dissect my games, so as to pinpoint the critical moments and reveal the possibilities contained in them, always emphasizing a rational and logical course.
Sebastien Halfhide (Nederlands)
Won the U-12 section of the Gibraltar Junior International 2013.
FM Roberto de Abreu (SAR)
Shared 1st-2nd under-16 in the African Championship-2012.
Got the title of FM!
FM Adrian Randazzo (Italy)
"I have to thank Valeriy for the training sessions that have helped me improve my chess to the Fide Master level. A good assessment of the typical position in the middlegame and the basic rules in the endgame was, for me, very important. I must not forget that solving puzzles helped me to maintain concentration during critical moments of my games. I highly recommend to all chessplayers the training sessions with GM Valeriy Aveskulov."
Bruce Highcock (Canada)
"As an adult learning chess, I was very happy to find GM Aveskulov as a coach. He is a talented high-level player with very affordable rates, and a dedicated coach and teacher. He has shown me how to improve my game in an enjoyable and unpretentious atmosphere with an emphasis on the examination of my own games and specific training geared towards a higher level of understanding and appreciation for the game. He has a solid understanding of the principles involved in chess and key ideas in chess strategy that he conveys easily in each lesson. As well, he has a tremendous work ethic and he is dedicated to helping me improve in a direction that suits my own style and interest. He often includes attachments and pgn files following a lesson for further study or future reference and he has sent me many games of masters in openings I have shown an interest in."