Welcome to my Chess Tutoring page!

As an educator, I’ve always enjoyed teaching chess because the skills that help us to succeed over the chess board (patience, timing, awareness, determination, calculation, planning, stamina, sportsmanship, etc…), these same skills can also help us to be successful in life.

I hold the USCF CM Title and I am also a former US National Amateur Team Chess Champion.  Additionally, I’ve competed in over 100 competitive chess tournaments and I am currently rated USCF 2187 which ranks in the top 100 active players in my home state of Florida, USA.  My most memorable professional chess experience to date was playing on the winning USAT National Champions Team “Armegeddon Your Pieces” in 2011 and going 2-0 in the internet playoffs clinching 1st Place ahead of over 600 competing teams vying for this coveted title.

I’m a patient chess coach with a broad chess opening repertoire, a player with a deep positional understanding, an endgame specialist, and I also excel in both attacking and defensive/prophylaxis chess play.  Among my favorite professional chess players are Tigran Petrosian, Anatoly Karpov, Alexey Dreev, Vladimir Kramnik, Pentala Harikrishna, Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel King, Fabiano Caruana, and many more!

I offer face-to-face chess instruction in Taipei, Taiwan for all ages and skill levels below the FIDE 2000 level as well as online instruction using Google Meet software in conjunction with the rich coaching features in chess.com. Wuhan Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID-19) UPDATE: I am currently offering online instruction via Google Meet software + chess.com as well as face-to-face instruction in Taipei, Taiwan when the pandemic subsides.  My chess.com handle is chesscoachtaipei.  Online lessons feature interactive analysis boards, video/audio, screen-sharing, and many other rich features which makes this mode perfect for your chess study no matter where in the world you are located. When this pandemic subsides, for more traditional face-to-face instruction in Taipei out in public or at your home, ask for a quote. So whether you are an absolute beginner and you’d just like to learn the basics of chess or you are a tournament player and strive to improve your chess skills to the Master level, I can expertly guide you towards achieving your goals.

Contact me so that we may discuss what services I can offer you or your child.

Sincerely, CM Jeremy Mandelkern

Testimonials from Students/Parents:

“I began working with Dr. M in early 2022. Since then, my rating has risen more than 200 points, and I feel much more confident in my assessment of positions and in my positional understanding at the board. I have a larger and more effective opening repertoire than when we began, and I feel my tactical eye has sharpened, as well, especially with his “voice in my head” as I calculate. Highly recommended!” -Scott C.

“Coach M has a profound knowledge and skill in chess, and his class is both interesting and informative. Coach M tailors the class to fulfill the kid’s requirements in different stages, with abundant supportive materials and activities to go with the student’s needs. Taking Coach M’s class brings a great sense of what a “chess tournament” is when there’s not many tournaments to attend in Taiwan, helping the kid to achieve the rating quickly when the opportunity comes.” – Chiayi

“It’s not long since Raphael started his coaching lesson with Coach M, who has been instrumental in enhancing his strategic thinking and fostering his love for chess. The lessons are not only always informative but also incredibly fun and interactive, making learning an enjoyable experience. Raphael has grown in skill and confidence, thanks to Coach M’s engaging and dedicated approach.” -Jeannette


 Chess Tutoring Pricing by the Hour (Pricing given in NTD)

(Payment accepted through Bank Transfer, or PayPal.  For NTD price, Multiply by 30 for approximate NTD equivalent. If applicable, for face-to-face lessons in Taipei at your home or a designated venue, an add-on will be assessed in your quote for my transportation costs and transportation time.)

Lesson Format

Hourly Rate

First 1-hour Class:

$27.5 USD (A 50% Discount)

Face-to-Face Individual Lesson:

Ask for a Quote

Face-to-Face Group Lesson (2-3 Students):

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Online Lesson through chess.com:

$55 USD

Package of 5 Face-to-Face Lessons:

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Package of 5 Online Lessons:

$261.25 (A 5% Discount)

Package of 10 Face-to-Face Lessons:

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Package of 10 Online Lessons:

$495 USD (A 10% Discount)

R.  Coach M’s Best (Internet) Games Collection

1.  Puzzle Sheet #1: Deep from the Vault

2.  Puzzle Sheet #2: Yugoslav Attack vs Pirc, Guess the Move Game

3.  Puzzle Sheet #3: Hastings 1895

4.  Puzzle Sheet #4: Playing with Imbalances

5.  Puzzle Sheet #5: Magnus Carlsen Opera

6.  Puzzle Sheet #6: Road to Mastery

7.  Puzzle Sheet #7: USSR Championship 1951

8.  Puzzle Sheet #8: PCA World Championship 1993

9.  Puzzle Sheet #9: Sinquefield Cup 2019

10.  Puzzle Sheet #10: FIDE World Cup 2019 Part I

11.  Puzzle Sheet #11: FIDE World Cup 2019 Part II

12.  Puzzle Sheet #12: World Championship Bouts

13.  Puzzle Sheet #13: Bxh7+ Greek Gift

14.  Puzzle Sheet #14: Coach M’s Tournament Locker I

15.  Puzzle Sheet #15: Coach M’s Tournament Locker II

16.  Puzzle Sheet #16: New Years 2024

17.  Puzzle Sheet #17: Beat the Hippo!

18.  Puzzle Sheet #18: Tactics Wave

19.  Puzzle Sheet #19: Mini Quiz

20.  Puzzle Sheet #20: Maroczy Bind vs Taimanov Sicilian

21.  Puzzle Sheet #21: Queen’s Indian Defense Primer

22.  Puzzle Sheet #22: Summer 2024 Puzzle Sheet