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Danial - Prof chess - Santa Monica
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  • (5 reviews)
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Veronika
« My 7 year old started playing chess last year, and Danial has been... More »
V
Veronika
« My 7 year old started playing chess last year, and Danial has been instrumental in improving my son's game dramatically. Danial is patient, a good listener, and an excellent teacher. Being so young himself, he is able to relate with my son, and teach him effectively, making him think, analyze, and even grasp difficult concepts easily. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher.’ »
$100/h
1st lesson free!
Verified teacher profile
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Danial
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Chess
Levels
  • All Levels

Chess International Master and 5-Time National Champion with 6+ years of teaching experience

Methodology

I founded the Asaria School of Chess and have taught for 6 years in chess camps across the state with 100's of students ranging from 5-85 years old. One of my biggest teaching accomplishments is assisting one of my students to go from #117 in the country to #13 in the country (gained 500 rating points) for their age group in a matter of 5 months! In addition, two of my students went from 1500-2000+ achieving the master title in less than a year! After receiving many hours of coaching myself (even from Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand) and improving to where I am today, I can guarantee I can help you get to the next level. My personalized approach, creating lessons tailored to each individual, dramatically improves players' weaknesses at an accelerated pace. I specialize in thinking through problems along with my students and fostering understanding rather than memorization. If you are ready to improve your Chess don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!

Background

At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion and am currently the #1 18-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patient, inspiring, and hardworking chess coaches none of this would have been possible.

I began to play chess at 7 years old and after my coach ended our first class by saying, "Every champion was once a beginner" my youthful imagination ran wild and I was hooked. My early development in chess proved to be nontraditional where my structured classes provided by my school were supplemented by the aggressive, unconventional playing styles I learned from spending my weekends sneaking games in with hustlers at my local chess park. Yet learning these vastly different approaches to the game allowed me to become a more complete player, and after 6 weeks of practice, I could beat every kid in my class and almost defeated my coach. Fast forward to my first competition I lost every game and finished in last place, but I loved every second of it and quickly learned from those mistakes. Now, I have defeated numerous world-renowned Grandmasters and played some of the best in the world including world champion Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. My peak United States Chess Federation and International Chess Federation ratings are 2425 and 2340 respectively, awarding me the titles of International Master and FIDE Master (top 0.43% in the world).

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Currently I am teaching a free chess camp for 160 kids from across the country as well as a group of refugees who recently immigrated to Northern California with the goal of motivating communities to come together through education and to inspire hope during the COVID time period.
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Rates

Transportation Fee : $20
Rate for online lessons : $100/h
Lessons offered by Danial
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Chess
Levels
  • All Levels

The 5 reviews on Danial
  • 5/5

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5 recommendations

V
Veronika

My 7 year old started playing chess last year, and Danial has been instrumental in improving my son's game dramatically. Danial is patient, a good listener, and an excellent teacher. Being so young himself, he is able to relate with my son, and teach him effectively, making him think, analyze, and even grasp difficult concepts easily. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher.’

S
Salima

Danial has been and continues to be an inspiration to my son. He encourages students to think for themselves and apply what they already know to challenge them even further. I am grateful that Danial is part of my son's life.

K
Kevin

I could not ask for a better teacher than Danial. He was able to assess my skill level and then he brought my understanding of the game to a new level. Whether it is tactical concepts or positional play he knows his stuff.

Kind, patient and knowledgeable; he has all the quality you want in a teacher.

Highly recommend!

C
Carly

It is difficult to put into words how helpful Danial has been for me. He mapped out a clear plan for my improvement, directed me to the most valuable resources, assigned targeted homework, and answered my endless questions. I have gained 300 points alone in rating this year! Easily the best chess instructor I have ever worked with. Give him a chance and I promise you won't be disappointed.

B
Barbara

My son USCF rating 1400+ took a trial lesson with Danial. Danial is methodical and systematic in his coaching. He was quick to identify what my son needs to improve in order to get to the next level. The most important thing is that my son enjoyed his one-hour lesson and literally felt that the lesson time flew by as it felt like only 2 minutes long to him. My son gives Danial thumbs up and 5 stars.

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