My background & experienceChess has been my passion from an early age. I started to play chess when I was 6 and played in my first tournament when I was 11. Due to many school obligations, I never had enough time to seriously work on my improvement. I received the FM title in 2009 and have earned 2 IM norms. The first was in Paraćin, in July 2008, and the second in Kharkiv, Ukraine in March 2010. Besides playing chess I am also a chess arbiter and chess organizer. I was awarded the FA (FIDE Arbiter) title in 2009, and the highest arbiter title IA (International Arbiter) during 2012, and the IO title (International Organizer) in 2013. The most important tournaments in which I was an arbiter were: at the European Club Cup in Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia in September 2011, at the 13th European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in March 2012, where I was an arbiter for the top 15 boards with 2700+ players, and at the 23rd European Youth Chess Championship in Budva, Montenegro in September/October 2013. In the period of 1994-1998, I organized International OPEN Junior Chess Tournaments in Paraćin. Back in 2008, I started to organize the International Chess Festival in Paraćin each summer. Nowadays, this Chess Festival is the most important chess event in Serbia and one of the best in the region. Each year number of participants is increasing (in 2019 app. 400 participants from 30+ federations all over the world). More details are available at our official web site www.paracinchess.rs I am also the Founder and President of a local chess organization called Youth Chess Club "Paraćin". We have a very famous chess school and team and single tournament successes in all categories. From November 2019 I perform the duty of Rating Officer for the Serbian Chess Federation.
My classes and teaching styleStarting in 2004, I began working as an online chess coach and now have many satisfied students worldwide. Up until now, I have traveled to the USA 3 times and have worked as a chess coach at different chess camps and workshops for kids and adults, mostly in Missouri, (St. Louis and Kansas City). I was honored to be the first professional chess player and coach who hosted public chess events at, nowadays, the most famous chess club in the world: St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center! I have self-developed improvement plans for all levels of players, from total beginners to advanced players. You can follow my plan for improvement or you can choose topics to work on. My lessons are personalized, very instructive and applicable as well as homework based. I can help you to have a better understanding of all stages of the game. I usually start with endgames and later work on tactics, openings, middle game plans, strategy and so on. I consider endgames to be the most important stage of the game, which will help players to better understand middle games and openings. It is also possible to play games during the lessons with either a brief or deep analysis of your style and weak points. The best part of all of this is that all of my lessons are audio covered. It is only necessary to install Skype and you can listen to my comments, explanations, questions, etc. My lessons are live, in real-time, and totally dedicated to the student. Typical courses which I cover with my students are as follows: - Chess Endgames - Advanced Course of Tactics and Strategy - Openings - Typical Middle game Positions
My certificationsI am a certified FIDE Trainer (FT) and I have 15+ years of intense online and offline chess coaching.
Great teacher, clear explanation and very interesting class
The class was very informative and the teacher was very friendly. Thank you, Sasa!