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Danial A.
Santa Monica, California
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Learn Chess from an International Master and 5-Time National Champion with 12+ years of experience
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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). I founded a School of Chess and have taught for 4 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! * 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. *
About Danial A.

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, North American Junior Champion, and am currently the #1 19-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. 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 now, I have defeated numerous 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). I founded the Asaria School of Chess and have taught for 6 years through chess camps and private lessons across the country 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 and you're looking for a top-tier, enjoyable, results-driven tutor, don’t hesitate to send me a message! * Currently, I am teaching a free chess camp for 160 kids from across the country as well as a group of Afghan 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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Really charismatic and experienced coach, we had lots of fun together!

Posted Jul 11, 2022
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It was an amazing experience. Much insight learned and helped me win my u1800 tournament the next day.

Posted Jul 10, 2022
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From the second we began lessons we knew Danial was going to be a great instructor. He was attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and engaging. A diamond in the rough.

Posted Jul 8, 2022
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Head Chess Coach
Aug 2020 - Present
Refugee Education/Aga Khan Foundation
I am teaching a free chess camp for 200 underprivileged 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.
Lead Chess Instructor
Jan 2017 - Present
Private company
I have been teaching for over 3 years both online and in person. My students have improved tremendously, one of them even becoming the 13th best 8-year-old in the country! On average my students gain anywhere from 300-500 rating points in a year.
Lead Coordinator for the Western Region Chess Tournament
Aug 2016 - Present
Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board
Host annual free tournaments for the community
Chess Coach
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences Summer Enrichment Chess Program
Instructed 30 students ages 7-13 in the fundamental concepts of chess through custom lectures and interactive puzzles. Performed blindfold and simultaneous exhibitions to foster a love for the game.
Head Chess Coach
May 2016 - Dec 2020
Aga Khan Foundation
Teach free weekly senior classes to encourage lifelong learning
Computer Science
Aug 2020
University of Southern California
Business Administration
Aug 2020
University of Southern California
English
Native Proficiency
International Chess Master
Dec 2020
World Chess Federation (FIDE)
Achieved a ranking in the top .26% of chess players in the world. Qualified by winning clear first in the North American Youth Championship.
Life Master
Nov 2017
United States Chess Federation (USCF)
Life Master is a chess title awarded by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). To be awarded this title, one must hold a master's rating of over 2200 for at least 300 USCF-rated tournament chess games.
FIDE Chess Master
Aug 2017
World Chess Federation (FIDE)
Achieved a rating of 2300 FIDE after defeating grandmasters from around the world (top 1%)
North American Junior U-20 Champion
Dec 2020
World Chess Federation (FIDE)
2020 Senior Rapid High School Champion
Jun 2020
The United States Chess Federation
5 Time National Chess Champion
Nov 2019
United States Chess Federation
Life Master
Aug 2019
United States Chess Federation
Champion of Susan Polgar National Open
Apr 2019
United States Chess Federation/Susan Polgar
Youngest Champion of the 54TH ANNUAL AMERICAN OPEN
Nov 2018
United States Chess Federation
FIDE Master
Jun 2018
World Chess Federation
National Master
Aug 2017
United States Chess Federation
Letter from Former President Barack Obama
Jul 2016
Barack Obama/White House
Commendation by the City of Santa Monica
Feb 2016
Mayor of Santa Monica- Tony Vasquez

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