Brightwood Chess Association

Coaching & Instruction Services                 

Services Offered

1.  Private Instruction—in person and online
2.  Scholastic Club Development and Coaching
3.  Community Chess Instruction
4.  Team Development and Coaching

Instruction and coaching are tailored for each specific audience. Affordable rates. To register online for lessons go to Online Register for Lessons


Name:         Dr. William E. Davis,  U.S.C.F. Certified Chess Coach
Phone:        440-357-5600
Ages:           All
Location:     Northeast Ohio
Rates:         Individual and Group rates are negotiable and dependent
                   upon the number of
students, location and frequency of meeting.
                   Please contact us with your specific requirements.        

Payment:    Online through PayPal or contact me.



Chess Background/Accomplishments

1.  I am a United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach.  I am also a member of the Ohio Chess Association and Chess Journalists of America.

2.  I have designed and taught chess classes for both children and adults.  The age of students ranges from about five years through senior adults. One-on-one personal chess instruction has also been provided for those age ranges as well.  With long term experience, I have founded or co-founded successful scholastic and community-based chess clubs.  Students with a wide variety of backgrounds and mental skills have been instructed on topics from the basics through tournament success. 

3.  Instruction development includes class material, forms and PowerPoint presentations. I have developed various techniques targeted to the audience to enhance their ease of understanding and enjoyment of the game.  Documents designed include instructional materials, hand-outs, tests, problems sets, and other chess related items.

4.  Personal chess background includes successes in tournament play and club competition. These have been at various time controls and under a variety of conditions.  I am also a member of the Chess Journalists of America.

Teaching Philosophy

1.  One of my goals is to bring the joy of chess and its many benefits to as many people as possible.  If I can get students to learn more than just how to play, they develop a greater appreciation for the game, get more enjoyment from it, more personal benefits and will play throughout their lives.

2.  Another goal is to get students to play at a level beyond what I refer to as the “grey area.”  Many people learn to play chess and then set it aside for some reason, usually one that is critical of the game (too slow, boring, etc.). That is the level of learning that I refer to as the “grey area.” 

3.  I do like to teach children chess primarily for the pure joy they can experience from playing as well as for all the ancillary benefits such as learning logical analysis, planning, etc.  It has been especially rewarding to teach someone to perform at a level that they otherwise would not have achieved.  I really enjoy analyzing games with students.

 4.  As a general approach to instruction, I try to stress basic principles and fundamentals. I have written a basic guide of instruction which is simple, yet good enough to raise a beginning player to one of fair strength.  Applying just these basic principles, I was able to win my division in the Cleveland Open against much more knowledgeable opponents.

 Personal Background

1.  Formal education is extensive—four college degrees, several college certificates, etc.  I am an avid, extensive and eclectic reader.

2.  My background is strong and diverse with extensive knowledge in many areas.  Most, but not all of my career has been involved in management and information systems consulting.  Successes include starting and operating successful businesses in three different fields with both bricks-and-mortar and internet operations.  I have also been a successful newspaper editorial column and article writer.  I have developed, written, marketed and presented seven seminars/classes on communications, technical/scientific and recreational subjects.  This multi-disciplined background gives me a unique viewpoint for coaching.

3.  I have coached children and adults in other sports as well.  I am also a certified CYO Coach. I am education and civic oriented and have founded and chaired community service organizations. 

4.  Effective communication skills are a strength that has complemented my results-oriented approach to chess coaching. I am a highly motivated (and motivating) individual with a personal commitment to professional excellence.

5.  The combination of strong chess experience and ability, depth of knowledge, and excellent communication skills, assures my continued success as a chess coach.

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