Mark Johnson

Mark J.

North Tonawanda, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been coaching students of all ages for the past decade. I am currently coaching for Kids Play Chess in elementary and middle schools while working on improving myself (I intend to become a GM within the next 10 years). I have also taught chess in high school and college environments. I've to chosen to begin coaching 1 on 1 so I can develop more personalized regimens for my students and get the most out of my time and yours. I am currently rated 1900 USCF and have been playing for the past 25 years (since I was three). I would love for you to come and join me on an adventure to become the best chess players possible while having fun along the way!
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Mark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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I find that even though chess is a calculated game of strategy, it is important to utilize creativity and critical thinking skills alongside a strong fundamental base. With that being said, chess has one variable component: the players. When coaching it's important to realize what your students' strengths and weaknesses are in order to maximize progress.


Chess Coach
Aug 2016 - Present
Kids Play Chess

Coaching kids from 5-17 and ranging from beginner to advanced. Beginning with the rules of the game and progressing to tactical and positional puzzles and analyzing students' games.

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Raymond W. Sep 28, 2017
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Mark and I had a great time! He's very knowledegable and isn't afraid to share his secrets to winning chess. I also appreciate his flexibility in answering my questions about openings and then playing a couple of games.

Elder Sep 23, 2017
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My son is happy. Scheduled another 3 classes to continue. Thank you

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