Personal Training

Why take on personal training?

Chess is now enjoyed by thousands of children across Australia in in-school programs. Of this group a growing portion wish to take their interest in chess a step further. Just as with activities like music or tennis, one-on-one and small group training are two of the best ways to learn more about chess. An experienced coach can help children develop skills and iron out the weaknesses in their game. Since 2001 Dark Horse Chess’s personal training program has consistently been Australia’s best at helping children reach their full potential at chess.

While countless students of our program have competed successfully at state and national level, four stand out as exceptionally notable success stories. All of the following players joined our program a considerable time ago and have remained members of it ever since.

Christopher Wallis (age 21) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2307. Coached by: Geoff.
2006 and 2007 Victorian Junior Champion, 2006, 2007 and 2010 Box Hill Chess Club Champion. =1st, 2010 Victorian Championship.

Name Commenced Training Rating pre-training Rating now Increase
Christopher Wallis January 2002 928 (March 2002) 2307 +1379

Zhigen Wilson Lin (age 19) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2314. Coached by: Geoff.
Ranked #5 in Australia Under-20, 2003 Australian Under-10 Champion, Australian representative to the 2006 World Under-18 Championship, 2007 Australian Under-16 Champion.

Name Commenced Training Rating pre-training Rating now Increase
Zhigen Wilson Lin August 2003 1258 2314 +1056

Eugene Schön (age 17) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2223. Coached by: Geoff.
Ranked #6 in Australia Under-18. =3rd in the 2009 Australian Open Championship. Note that is the adult national championship, not the junior national championship!

Name Commenced Training Rating Rating now Increase
Eugene Schön August 2003 853 (March 2004) 2223 +1370

Karl Zelesco (age 12) – September 2012 Australian Chess Federation rating: 2187. Coached by: Vanja.
Ranked #1 in Australia Under-14 and #1 in Australia Under-13. Improved 1117 rating points in nine months, topped the Australian Chess Federation’s ‘Most Improved’ list for two quarters in a row, and achieved the biggest ever improvement in the history of that list (+594 points).

Name Commenced Training Rating pre-training Rating now Increase
Karl Zelesco April 2009 487 (Sep 2009) 2187 +1700

Who are the trainers?

Our head coach is company director and F.I.D.E. Master Geoff Saw. Geoff won the Australian Junior Championship in 1998 and qualified for the F.I.D.E. Master Title in 1999. Geoff specializes in working with older and more experienced players.

Our development coaches are Christopher Wallis, Vanja Rozenblat, Stephanie Ang, Devraj Bhattacharya, Reubban Muthusamy, Jonathan Tang, Alyson Sik, Vinay Lakshman, Ben Yang, James Cameron and Devrim van Dijk. They specialize in working with younger and less experienced players. They are all expert-level players and between them competed with distinction in 21 Victorian Junior Championships and 18 Australian Junior Championships, winning numerous titles along the way.

What are the applicable fees?

The fees for our head coach are available upon request. As of 01/01/2014, the fees for our development coaches are as follows:

DURATION INDIVIDUAL GROUP OF TWO
½-hour $45.00 $25.50 each
¾-hour $50.00 $29.00 each
1-hour $55.00 $32.50 each
1¼-hour $60.00 $36.00 each
1½-hour $65.00 $32.50 each
1¾-hour $70.00 $43.00 each
2-hour $75.00 $46.50 each
2¼-hour $80.00 $50.00 each
2½-hour $85.00 $53.50 each
2¾-hour $90.00 $57.00 each
3-hour $95.00 $60.50 each
3¼-hour $100.00 $64.00 each
3½-hour $105.00 $67.50 each
3¾-hour $110.00 $71.00 each
4-hour $115.00 $74.50 each

Payment is made on a class-by-class basis and there is no commitment to attend future classes.

What format do the sessions take?

For older students we recommend a weekly 3.5-hour or 3-hour class. For younger students we recommend a weekly 2.5-hour or 2-hour class. However, we are flexible to the needs and timetables of the children and their parents.

How can I enroll my child in the program, or find out more information about it?

Please call 0402323188 or email geoff AT darkhorsechess.com to enroll your child in our program, or to ask any questions about it. You can also find more information in our FAQ.