Learn Chess With Lessons in the Salt Lake Valley

[Updated June 16, 2017] Jonathan Whitcomb, author of Beat That Kid in Chess, is now offering lessons in his home in Murray, Utah (a few miles south of Salt Lake City). The $25 chess lessons include one free copy of his book and other materials of instruction. A free getting-acquainted meeting is also offered and this first meeting carries no obligation for the student.

Although Whitcomb is not rated a master by the United States Chess Federation, rating-population statistics suggest his playing strength is well within the top .04% of those living in the state of Utah. (As of June 15, 2017, he was at 1832 in the UCER rating system, which is similar to the USCF ratings.) His abilities to effectively teach a wide range of levels of chess beginners, intermediate players, and those in between—that places him above average for chess tutors and coaches in Utah.

His book Beat That Kid in Chess may be the first chess book to systematically use the NIP system of instruction: nearly-identical positions. This method, when used as Whitcomb has demonstrated, can more quickly boost a chess student’s abilities in the royal game, eventually giving the player more wins in competition. It enables the student to see a position more like an expert would see it, discerning when a particular tactic would work and when it would not work. This is most important in winning a chess game.


Jonathan and Gladys Whitcomb

Jonathan and Gladys Whitcomb at Ensign Peak (above Salt Lake City)

Jonathan and his wife Gladys moved to Utah in 2014, having lived in California for over 35 years. For three decades, Gladys operated a large family child care, licensed by the state of California. When Gladys retired, they moved to the Salt Lake Valley to be near some family members. In the daycare in California, Jonathan had given chess lessons to those children who showed an interest in the game, and after moving to Utah he published a book: Beat That Kid in Chess.

He began directing chess tournaments in Utah with two double-round-robin events in senior citizen chess clubs: Harman Center in West Valley, and the Sandy Senior Center. He will direct chess tournaments for children in Utah, later in 2017: In Mona and in Kearns.

This chess tutor can tailor the lesson to best meet your individual needs, which can be more effective than a regiment based only upon preconceived assumptions. As Whitcomb learns how you think about a particular chess position, he can teach you or demonstrate how an experienced tournament player would see that position. As the two of you explore more of the landscape of chess possibilities, improvements in your playing abilities will come naturally, as you grow in your knowledge and understanding.

Tactics include much more than the knight fork, the absolute pin, and the relative pin. You may learn, in your chess lessons, more than you dreamed existed in the possibilities you can discover in the royal game.

You can call Jonathan at 801-590-9692 or contact him by email. Ask him about chess tutoring or about chess in general. Feel free to ask what you will.

Chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb demonstrating an opening move

Jonathan Whitcomb demonstrating the Pirc opening

5347 South New Hampton Dr., Murray, Utah, 801-590-9692



Salt Lake Valley Chess Tutor

This chess coach (who lives in Murray) is now offering private and group lessons in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah, with no travel charges to the central communities of the valley.

Chess Lessons in Salt Lake Valley

This chess coach has more than just academic knowledge in the royal game, with a broad range of chess experiences that include many tournaments and organized team-match play in California.

Chess Book for Beginners

Beat That Kid in Chess, published in September of 2015, is ideal for the “raw” beginner, the player who knows the rules of the royal game but who knows little else about it.


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