What I do and how much it costs!!

Here is a brief list of services I currently provide. All prices per hour unless otherwise stated.

Group Lessons [Schools, church groups, seniors, etc.]:$60

Private lessons typically over the internet [Skype or phone + Internet chess club] in real time. We are able to move each other’s pieces and chat live! $30, and the rate drops if purchased in bulk [minimum 20 lessons]. Private lessons in person: $50, $45 if given at my house or corner coffee [chess cafe] house . I currently live in Jackson, Mississippi.

Chess camps: $250  a day plus travel expenses. I am generally willing to drive if possible and am willing to stay at organizers’ houses or minimum two star hotels. I can provide letters of recommendation from countless organizers who run camps where I am currently the principal instructor. Chess camps are a great way to spend a week and can often make money for organizers.

Simultaneous Exhibitions or Clock Simul: $50 [minimum 3 hours]. The clock exhibition is an excellent Soviet training method where each player gets 45 minutes [this part is flexible] and the master receives the same. This will only work with a maximum of 6 people. The games are then analysed on a demonstration board with discussion of key positions and ideas. It is a great learning and training experience.  Each player puts in $25 and you get to play an I.M. and have training for 3 hours for $25 and gas money! Doubtful you could get better value for high level training!!

Teaching teachers: I have run many seminars on helping teachers who want to form a chess club how to teach their students chess effectively. Lately, I have been working with the Vicksburg Warren School board gifted education teachers and they are running the first ever Warren county Scholastic championship and are expecting over 150 kids. This is an awesome achievement!!

Contact Dave Ross at 601 862-3660 or email dross58980@aol.com for more information and to check availability.

Coaching History and Record

I started coaching when I was 17. At that time I was almost master strength and a parent asked me if I was willing to coach their 10 year old who had fallen deeply in love with the game. This boy went on to be a strong master and even beat me in the Canadian open many years later!

Looking back now 45 years later it is clear my education [psychology degree] and family back round [many child care workers in one form or another] have given me the perfect combination of skills to be an effective chess coach. I am 53 now and my passion for the game burns as bright today as when I was playing 3 tournaments a month in my youth.

In Sept. 1986 I moved from Vancouver to Montreal to work helping GM K.Spraggett prepare for a match in the world championship cycle. I completely loved living in Vancouver and thought I would be gone a year at most. While in Montreal I was approached by Chess and Math [Canada’s national scholastic chess Association] and asked if I was interested in teaching chess in Elementery schools at lunch time and after school. I loved doing this work so much I would spend the next 20 years of my life doing this. I am still working hard to get back to Vancouver !!

During this Time I coached Numerous National and provincial champions and was twice coach of the Canadian delegation to the world youth championships.I have worked with kids who are now I.M. and I have worked with two who are G.M. on opening prep. where I am an expert.

From 1987-present I have Directed over 50 week long chess camps and am currently giving internet lessons over I.C.C. I estimate I have over 10,000 hours of in class teaching experience.I firmly believe teaching chess is what I do best !!

In 2004 I won an award from Chess n Math that I am very proud of. It was a beautiful plaque that was an Outstanding Contribution Award that read “The Chess N Math  Association is proud to present this award to Dave Ross for his outstanding contribution towards the development of young minds,through the teaching of chess for more than a decade,in the greater Montreal area.Our children are our future and you have made a difference.

It may be shameless self promotion but I am a great coach and you should seriously consider me if you are in the market for a coach.There are many far stronger players than me but very few better coaches !!