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  • Dries: Coach of the Month (May 2021, CoChess), FIDE: 2174. Teaches in English/Dutch.
  • Arthur: Chess author for attacking opening, FIDE: 2150 Teaches in English/Dutch.
  • Krisztian: Grandmaster, elite instructor. Shares grandmaster strategies in English/Hungarian.
  • Midas: FIDE Master, Chessable author, instructs a global student base from beginner to 2000 level. Teaches in English/Dutch.

Join us for dedicated weekly sessions and gear up for chess mastery!

Limited spots left for lessons from Midas and Arthur. Dries is currently fully booked and not available now! 


What you get

training method

Personal Plan

Unlock your true potential with our personalized training plan! Discover the right chess openings, enhance your tactical calculations, and pinpoint game areas to refine.


Game Analysis

Delve into a thorough analysis of your chess games—whether they’re from tournaments, competitions, or online games—learning from your games is the best way to improve

Exercises & Homework

Get a custom training plan focused on openings, tactics, and strategy. We’ll handpick the best Chessable courses for you and provide targeted exercises and homework to boost your progress.

Antoine (Chess.com: Cyrus1974)

The mere speed at which I am improving is in my opinion quite astonishing. When I started taking lessons with Midas in August, I was rated 950 on chess.com. Now, in early December of the same year, I am going on 1500 and I regularly beat friends and family rated 1500-1600.

Rob (Chess.com: Robby83)

Midas is a great teacher and his lessons are very enjoyable. My playing has improved a lot and I enjoy the game of chess even more now.

Joe (Lichess.com: ShandorDD)

Midas is a great instructor! He takes the time to review my games, suggests areas of focus, and provides comprehensive instruction. He creates a lot of bonus content as well that supplements and strengthen his in person teachings. He’s flexible and is excellent in small group environments, giving each student personal attention. I look forward to his weekly videos and puzzles that he provides. If you are looking for instruction, I would encourage you to consider him as your teacher.

Antoine (Chess.com: Cyrus1974)

Midas is really an awesome teacher and I look forward to smashing the 2000 elo barrier and getting my CM title with him. If you are looking to up your game with an outstanding chess coach, don’t look any further than Midas.

Pascal (Chess.com: OffLuna)

Four months ago I started with chess lessons by Midas. Since then, my chess playing really improved and my rating went up to the highest level ever. Midas taught me how to look, where to look for and what the best moves are in a specific situation. It really deepened my understanding of chess. I’m looking forward to learn more from Midas!

Antoine (Chess.com: Cyrus1974)

Over the years I’ve had many teachers for many different subjects and activities, and I can safely say that Midas is one of, if not the best I have ever had

Siebe (Chess.com: sgrefhorst)

In 10 lessons my rating increased from 850 to 1150. Midas is a very nice teacher with a great ability to share his knowlegde.

Ben (Chess.com: imconfusedn0w)

Coaching experience with Midas was excellent, very inciteful clear ideas on chess and how to improve. I found him friendly and patient. My rating improved around 100 points.

Matthew (Chess.com: Schwatz)

Taking lessons from Midas has been a pleasure. Over 10 lessons my rating improved over 100 points. Midas is excellent at teaching the game to beginners and great at explaining tactics. He is flexible and cares about his students. I would highly recommend learning from him!

Marieke (Chess.com: FinchEye)

I have been taking weekly chess lessons from Midas for a few months now, and I’m very happy with the lessons! Midas is a patient and kind teacher, and he is very good at adjusting explanations to the student’s level. He also sends weekly chess videos to his students that are very nice to watch. Lessons usually consist of discussing chess puzzles first, and then analyzing my own finished games to see where I can improve. I definitely recommend Midas if you’re looking for chess lessons! 🙂

Michelangelo (Chess.com: mic_chalu)

If you’re looking to improve, and possibly intimidated by seeking out a coach, then Midas is the right coach for you. He’s a natural teacher–patient, warm, and knowledgeable. He provides you with so many resources to expand your skills as a player. Honestly, the only downside I’ve experienced with Midas as my teacher is that he helped me improve my chess so much that my friends don’t want to play with me anymore.

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