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Last edited: 26/07/2006

 

Chess in Schools and Chess Camps in Dublin

I've been teaching chess in schools in Dublin since 1996, introducing chess to hundreds of children in Dublin and its suburbs. Nowadays my company Chess Promotions Ltd offers lessons in over 25 primary and secondary schools in Dublin and Co Dublin. We also run camps for school children. Here are application forms in PDF for our next summer camps. Simply click on the file to open and print the form. If you wish to download the file, then right-click on the file and choose "Save Target As"

31 July - 4 August, Clontarf

21 - 25 August, Stillorgan

 

Individual Lessons

I have been working as a chess coach since 1993 and have gathered a lot of experience in this field. I coach beginners, club players and will-be IMs. In 2000-2001 I often seconded Alexander Morozevich, one of the world's top players. I believe that any player can benefit from working with me – once you are serious about improving your chess. See below what some of my students had to say, along with details of how lessons can be arranged and conducted. My currently rate is €50 per hour.

11399378.jpg (2705 bytes)Lessons over the phone: we can discuss your games, critical positions, your questions, etc. Calling cards allow to call Ireland cheaply from most countries. My rate is €50 per hour. Please e-mail me to make further arrangements.

Lessons over the Internet: I teach on on ICC (my handles there are A-Baburin and Irishbear). ICC members can pay with "chekels" (the current rate is 62 "chekels" an hour) or directly to me by credit card, cheque, bank transfer or PayPal. Please e-mail me to make further arrangements. The combination of meeting online and talking over the phone is the best.

 

How to get most of your lessons:

Consider your goals - think what you want to achieve and how much time and effort you are prepared to put into it. I see myself as a tutor, who shows directions and provides guidance - but it is you who has to do most of the work! I believe that having one 2-hour lesson in 1-2 weeks is best.

Analyse and annotate 3-4 of your recent games. Do not pick only victories (no need to impress me!) and do not use computer-generated analysis – share with me your thoughts, assessments and plans which you considered during the game. Send them to me in PGN or CBV format prior to the lesson

Prepare specific questions before the lesson and have them ready. If you'd ask me how to play against the isolated d-pawn, you will get just a general advice, but if you can show me a concrete position, our discussion will be a lot more productive!

 

Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Grandmaster Alexander Baburin, July 2006

 

References from some of my students:

"Given that I don't live in an urban center (the nearest GM is two and a half hours away), over-the-phone lessons were my only sensible option. I hooked up with Alexander Baburin because I found his book Winning Pawn Structures exceptionally clear. I'm happy that his explanations over the phone are equally as clear. And working with him is much better than reading a book because it's less passive. I'm forced to think more during a lesson, and that's helped my game. The first couple times I found it strange because we' had never met face to face. But now I think nothing of it, and I find it very comfortable. And using ICC to go over games does have an advantage over face-to-face lessons; you can save the analysis at the click of a key so that you can review it later if you want. Paul Hoffman, USA"

 

"In the beginning, I was skeptical about taking chess lessons since I have always tried to study chess on my own. But I found myself stagnating at a certain level of understanding without the ability to break through. Then some of my friends who were master level players had indicated that lessons were very helpful even at the master level. I knew about GM Baburin through his articles and his book "Winning Pawn Structures". Since I liked the way he wrote and his enthusiasm about the game, I decided to take lessons from him.

Now, having had several lessons with GM Baburin, I can tell you first hand that I have begun to see the game differently. I also feel that I am beginning to have a better understanding of the subtle nuances of chess. Together we have addressed many bad chess habits and ineffective patterns of reasoning that I often engaged in as a player. These are things which I would not have found on my own as one tends to "miss the forest for the trees" and I was trying to fix my chess game by focusing on irrelevant things. Unfortunately, we are often not our own best coach or critic. This is exactly the area where you will need someone such as GM Baburin. As a professional musician, I can tell you that endeavours such as music or chess can be greatly enhanced with the proper coaching.

Alex Baburin is not just a Grandmaster, but also a great teacher who genuinely loves to teach. This is evident in his attitude and approach during our lessons. I honestly feel that he treats each of his pupils in an individual way and does not merely regurgitate the same lesson over and over again to different people. His approach makes the hard work enjoyable. [Sorry, there is no short cut -- it's all hard work]. Naturally, my ratings have also improved. I highly recommend him as a teacher of all levels. Our lessons have been conducted over the telephone as I only have one phone line and am unable to be on the internet simultaneously. This has not been a hindrance to me as software such as ChessBase or BookUp may be used to take notes, etc. Finally I would like to say "thank you, Alex". Sincerely, Tony Makarome, USA."

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