About

Welcome to my chess coaching website! If you’re looking for a coach for your son, daughter – or even for you! – you’ve come to the right place.

I have been playing tournament chess for over twenty five years now. Like most players, I’ve wanted to improve my chess, but I wasn’t sure how. So I did some research, learned what works and what doesn’t, and have applied that knowledge in both my own game and in my teaching of others. Currently I rank in the top twenty active players in Nebraska (this will fluctuate according to my results) and I was a participant in the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Nebraska Closed State Championships.

I am a USCF certified tournament director, an award-winning chess journalist, and the author of a monthly column for Chess Life Magazine, the official magazine of the United States Chess Federation. Here in Nebraska I am the President of the Nebraska State Chess Association and the main organizer and director of the Spence Chess Club.

In February 2018 I was fortunate to be a guest on the Perpetual Chess Podcast. You can listen to the episode here:

https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/new-blog/2018/2/20/episode-60-john-hartmann-book-reviewer-for-chess-life-magazine

I have coached local high school chess teams that have won city and state championships, and I have mentored some of Nebraska’s top junior players. You can see a statement of what I take to be ‘best practices’ on the Teaching Philosophy page, and some information about how I structure lessons on the Lessons page.

I am NOT currently accepting private students, although exceptions may be possible for exceptional talents. Contact me for information!

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