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Mikhail Baturyn, International Master

I was born and raised in Belarus, the country with strong chess traditions.  I started in chess when I was about 9 years old and loved the game immediately.  I continued to learn chess and play chess throughout school years.  After graduating from high school, I decided to continue with chess and received specialized education as a chess coach from National Academy of Physical Education and Sports of Belarus.  I chose the Academy because it had a very strong chess program with many famous chess players graduating from it.  For example, among others, former students of the Academy include GM Boris Gelfand, GM Yuri Shulman, and GM Ilya Smirin.

After graduating from the Academy with highest honors, I devoted myself to chess coaching.  I have an extensive experience working with all levels of chess players.  I love to teach beginners because I can help them build solid chess base efficiently by providing the right chess training from the first lessons.  It is much easier to teach somebody chess right the first time than to change deep-rooted wrong habits.  I also love to work with advanced students who have big chess ambitions.  I have a lot of experience working on high chess level and able to help my students to progress in chess smoothly.

My former advanced students include:

·    Sergei Zhigalko, Grandmaster

·    Andrey Zhigalko, Grandmaster

·    Olga Gerasimovitch, Woman Grandmaster

·    Natalija Popova, Woman International Master

In addition to chess coaching through private classes, chess camps, and different chess programs, I also love to play chess myself.  I have been an International Master since 1996.

Please see my FIDE profile

Besides chess, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  I specialize in accounting and hold a CPA license in California.


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