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Steve L.
Glenview, Illinois
Improve your chess strategy and tactics with an experienced teacher
I love chess, in all its aspects! I was the top player in my high school, used to play in tournaments (my last USCF rating in 1996 was around 1840, a Class A player), and have been a volunteer chess instructor for the Glenview Public Library's kids chess club for the past 22 years. I am now retired but I play speed chess with friends several times a week and mentor a friend on Saturdays. I want to share my passion and enthusiasm for chess with eager students who want to get better at the world's greatest game in the quickest amount of time. I have read a variety of chess books over the years on the openings, middle game and endgame and understand that improving your chess takes both practice (playing as often as possible) and enhancing your knowledge and technique, particularly in endgames, through personal instruction, books, videos and youtube.com. I find chess immensely satisfying and believe its lessons serve as excellent guideposts for overcoming life's obstacles. I thrive on the challenge of trying to outmaneuver my opponent and winning with a flourish, especially with sacrificial combinations. I want to give back to my community by improving your chess skills so that you can feel the thrill of victory and gain further mastery of the game that has so enriched my life. We will have a lot of fun in the process of improving your chess!
About Steve L.

I am an avid chess player and have been teaching students monthly at the Glenview Pubic Library for 22 years. I am a Class A player (based on my last USCF rating in 1996 of about 1840), who plays speed chess with friends several times a week and mentors another friend. I love everything about chess, its rich history, current world championship events, and playing and teaching chess. I have an extensive collection of books and can make recommendations tailored to the student's strength and level of experience. My philosophy has been to teach as much as students are willing to learn in a session. Over the years, I have taught beginners and have taught young prodigies. I believe my patience and enthusiasm for the game are my most important traits. I have found that voicing my thoughts as to the evolving chess positions at the board, including both side's strengths and weaknesses, and determining the best plan to capitalize on the opponent's weaknesses, serves a useful purpose in accelerating one's chess understanding. I am especially fond of finding tactical solutions to problems presented at the board. I pride myself on trying to win games with a flourish, utilizing sacrificial combinations where possible to enhance the creativity and beauty of the world's greatest game. I want to share my insights to enrich the lives of students, as the lessons learned at the chessboard (resilience, fighting spirit, intellectual curiosity) translate to real life struggles.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2000

Education

Juris Doctorate

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Teaches ages 5+

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Steve L.
Glenview, Illinois
Improve your chess strategy and tactics with an experienced teacher
I love chess, in all its aspects! I was the top player in my high school, used to play in tournaments (my last USCF rating in 1996 was around 1840, a Class A player), and have been a volunteer chess instructor for the Glenview Public Library's kids chess club for the past 22 years. I am now retired but I play speed chess with friends several times a week and mentor a friend on Saturdays. I want to share my passion and enthusiasm for chess with eager students who want to get better at the world's greatest game in the quickest amount of time. I have read a variety of chess books over the years on the openings, middle game and endgame and understand that improving your chess takes both practice (playing as often as possible) and enhancing your knowledge and technique, particularly in endgames, through personal instruction, books, videos and youtube.com. I find chess immensely satisfying and believe its lessons serve as excellent guideposts for overcoming life's obstacles. I thrive on the challenge of trying to outmaneuver my opponent and winning with a flourish, especially with sacrificial combinations. I want to give back to my community by improving your chess skills so that you can feel the thrill of victory and gain further mastery of the game that has so enriched my life. We will have a lot of fun in the process of improving your chess!
About Steve L.

I am an avid chess player and have been teaching students monthly at the Glenview Pubic Library for 22 years. I am a Class A player (based on my last USCF rating in 1996 of about 1840), who plays speed chess with friends several times a week and mentors another friend. I love everything about chess, its rich history, current world championship events, and playing and teaching chess. I have an extensive collection of books and can make recommendations tailored to the student's strength and level of experience. My philosophy has been to teach as much as students are willing to learn in a session. Over the years, I have taught beginners and have taught young prodigies. I believe my patience and enthusiasm for the game are my most important traits. I have found that voicing my thoughts as to the evolving chess positions at the board, including both side's strengths and weaknesses, and determining the best plan to capitalize on the opponent's weaknesses, serves a useful purpose in accelerating one's chess understanding. I am especially fond of finding tactical solutions to problems presented at the board. I pride myself on trying to win games with a flourish, utilizing sacrificial combinations where possible to enhance the creativity and beauty of the world's greatest game. I want to share my insights to enrich the lives of students, as the lessons learned at the chessboard (resilience, fighting spirit, intellectual curiosity) translate to real life struggles.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2000

Education

Juris Doctorate

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Has background check

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Steve has proved to be an invaluable chess mentor to me for over two years. He is an insightful teacher drawing not only from his experience as a seasoned player but also his experience instructing both adults and children at various levels. His deep knowledge and mastery of the fundamental principles of winning chess coupled with his excellent analytical and communication skills have helped and inspired me to improve beyond my expectations. JOHN M. HAMENT

Posted Jun 2, 2022
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I highly recommend Steve as an instructor. His insight, and knowledge of all aspects of the game of chess, helped me tremendously

Posted May 25, 2022
Juris Doctorate
Aug 1980 - May 1983
University of Illinois College of Law

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Instructor details
Chess
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Glenview Road, Glenview, IL
Student's Home
Student's Home
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$75
90 minutes
$113
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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