Coaching

A/ Individual Coaching online or in person
B/ Group Coaching online
C/ Group Coaching in person
D/ Bespoke Workshops

When you see a good move, look for a better one. 

Emanuel Lasker


A/ Individual Coaching online or in person

€70 for 90 mins

  • Coaching Packages are broken into 1, 5 or 10 lesson blocks.
  • Training programs are tailored to each student’s needs and goals.
  • Classes are online or in person.
  • For a dedicated service I take on a max of 10 students at a time.
  • Online classes are conducted using Lichess to analyse and play
  • Discussion facilitated via SKYPE, WHATSAPP or SIGNAL

A typical training program of 5 or 10 lessons consists of:

    • A regular 90 minute lesson
    • Lessons consist of training games and analysis.
    • Weekly homework which includes opening developments, middle game puzzles, tactical ideas and essential endgame structures all based on the student’s specific playing style and opening repertoire.
    • Students who are playing in tournaments can also send me any games they play in this period for feedback.
    • Lessons can be built around any games students have played in tournaments.
    • I also help experienced players to prepare for specific opponents in club tournaments, chess leagues and International tournaments.

B/ Group coaching online

€70 for 60 mins
€50 for 30 mins

  • Coaching Packages are broken into 1, 5 or 10 lesson blocks.
  • Training programs are tailored to each class’s needs and goals.
  • Online classes are conducted using Lichess to analyse and play
  • Discussion facilitated via SKYPE, WHATSAPP or SIGNAL

A typical training program of 5 or 10 lessons consists of:

    • A regular 60 minute lesson tailored to the level of the group.
    • Lessons consist of short lecture, training games and analysis.
    • Content covered in lessons will be sent via email to students for their own further study.

C/ Group Coaching in person

€8 per person
60 mins class
Coaching for groups of 10 to 20

Are you considering offering chess as an extra curricular activity in your school? Or are you and your friends looking for a new hobby? After all there is only so much X-box or Bridge one can play. If so, Chess Bud Ireland has a coaching package that could be just for you.

Over the course of ten structured 60 minute sessions IM Mark Quinn will cover all the essential ideas you and your friends will need to begin mastering this ancient and venerable game!

A typical training program of 10 lessons consists of:

    • A regular 60 minute lesson tailored to the level of the group.
    • Lessons consist of short lecture followed by competition games.
    • Games played in class often become subject of next week lesson.
    • Content covered in lessons will be sent via email to students.
    • All chess sets and boards provided by Chess Bud Ireland.
    • Chess medals and trophies are awarded at end of each term.

Curriculum for a group of beginners:

  • The Basics of Chess
  • The fundamentals of Chess Strategy
  • Get your pieces to work together
  • Attack the King
  • The Art of Defence
  • Introduction to the Chess Openings
  • Essential Endgames
  • Learn to write down and analyse your own games so they can be immortalised for generations to come!
  • Take part in an All-play-all group competition with trophies and medals for the winners

D/ Bespoke Workshops

Mark runs regular workshops around the country at the invitation of chess clubs and groups. Often these workshops are themed at the request of the group. For bookings contact Mark and let him know what you are looking for and he will give you a quote.


So how do we get going?

  • Contact me via email or phone and let me know what you are hoping to achieve.
  • We decide on online of in person training and set a time and date for the first lesson.
  • Ideally I  ask students to book in advance in blocks of 5 or 10 lessons so I can plan the continuous training program.
  • Payment for courses can be made via PayPal, EFT or cheque.
  • As I am in the epicentre of the country, if not the universe i.e. Kilkenny City, there may be additional charges for travel expenses.

Beginners 

At the end of a block of ten lessons, I would hope that a student who is starting off in chess would have a solid base from which they can move forward with confidence so they can begin playing chess tournaments and unleashing their chess talent.

Intermediate (1500+)

Do you need to inject some new ideas into your opening repertoire? Have you worked out what your true strengths and weaknesses are as a player? Are you a deep strategist at heart but you just don’t know it yet? Or do you need to throw caution to the wind and play more enterprising, tactical chess. Every chessplayer has their own unique style which evolves and changes over time. Making the leap from Intermediate (Elo – 1500) to Advanced (Elo- 2000) strength is probably the most crucial stage in a chess player’s development.

Send me thirty of your most recent games and Chessbud will develop a bespoke training program based on a close analysis of your play. Training can be conducted in person or online.

  1. Build and refine your opening repertoire
  2. Navigate complex middle games
  3. Assess and master the End Game
  4. Play training matches to test and fine-tune your play

Advanced (2000+)

Do you feel you have what it takes to become a Fide Master, an International Master or perhaps even a Grandmaster? Or do you simply want to see how high you can get your rating? Any chess player whose Elo rating has surpassed the magical 2000 barrier is already an expert player who can aspire to play and hold their own in the Irish Championships and International FIDE rated-events. In the course of my career as a chess coach I have worked extensively with a number of strong players who have subsequently gained ratings above 2300 Elo. I have also ‘seconded’, i.e. coached and helped to prepare players for Norm Events. There are no guarantees in life, not least in chess, especially when a player seeks to push the limits of their talent. If you have the determination and are willing to put the time and effort into developing your full potential, Chessbud will develop a bespoke training program to help you pursue your goals.


Coaching Minors

Chessbud Ireland strictly adheres to the Irish Chess Union’s Child Protection Policy which means that lessons involving individuals or groups of children under the age of eighteen must take place in the presence of an adult or a guardian. For further information please see the relevant documentation at
https://www.icu.ie/articles/489

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