Local Coaches


Most of the top scholastic players in Gainesville have weekly lessons from local chess coaches. Beginners and intermediate players can benefit dramatically from good coaches. There are a number of chess coaches that are recommended by the ACSCA:

1. Beginner/Intermediate coach:
George Pyne, 352-373-9110

2. Beginner coach:
Don Pyne, 352-514-5872, donaldpyne@yahoo.com

2. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced coach:
Miguel Ararat, miguel.ararat@gmail.com; Miguel holds an Advanced Level III Chess Coach certificate (USCF) and National Instructor certification issued by FIDE.

3. Intermediate/Advanced coach:
Llew Kohler, llew2222@yahoo.com

4. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced coach:
Bill Waite, wsw32606@yahoo.com

Currently we roughly consider:
Beginner players are rated < 800
Intermediate players are rated 800-1200
Advanced players are rated > 1200

John Harris 2015