Salt Lake Valley Chess Coach

Jonathan Whitcomb, an active member of the Harman Center Chess Club in West Valley, Utah, is the developer of the NIP system of chess instruction (nearly-identical positions) and the author of the book Beat That Kid in Chess. This new chess book may be the first such publication that systematically uses the NIP method of instruction.

chess coach Jonathan Whitcomb in Utah

Jonathan Whitcomb, chess tutor in the Salt Lake Valley

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. Your lesson can be in your home or in a library near your home. The tutoring-service locations include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following cities:

  • Murray
  • Belmont Heights
  • Cottonwood Heights
  • Taylorsville
  • Holladay
  • Kearns
  • Midvalle
  • West Jordan

For other communities further away from Murray, a small travel charge may be added to the standard fee of $25 per lesson.

Length of the lesson

For most students (children, teenagers, or adults), a lesson will be for one hour. With some younger children, however, it may be advisable to have a shorter lesson, suitable to the attention span of those youngsters. The tutor, Jonathan Whitcomb, is open to discussing it with a parent or guardian, when the student is very young.

Two 6th grade kids play chess

Chess tournament in Salt Lake City, early 2016 (Jonathan Whitcomb was a photographer)


What’s Included in a Tutoring Session?

It depends on the needs of the chess student. At least some of the following can be expected in one or more of your chess lessons:

  • Puzzle solving, according to the skills of the student
  • Questions and answers — both directions: student/tutor and also tutor/student
  • Chess game between the student and the tutor
  • Analyzing one or more games previously played by the student
  • Analyzing games played by grandmasters, according to the needs of the student
  • Analyzing games played by ordinary chess players, possibly even beginners
  • Demonstrations by the tutor, including tactical awareness and tactical motifs
  • Instruction in modern chess notation, according to need
  • Help in preparing for a particular opponent
  • Opening theory and possibly specific lines of openings
  • Middle game play, including tactics and strategy
  • End game: examples and theory
  • Preparation for a tournament

Other educational methods may be used or incorporated in the above, including the use of nearly-identical positions (NIP), which can greatly help in developing tactical abilities.

Call Jonathan Whitcomb at 801-590-9692 or contact him by email.

Whitcomb demonstrates winning a chess end game

Chess coach Jonathan Whitcomb demonstrates how to win a chess end game




Chess Tutor in Central Salt Lake Valley

[Whitcomb] published the book Beat That Kid in Chess . . . probably the first chess book ever written (for the “raw” beginner) in which the new NIP system of chess instruction is  taught systematically: nearly-identical positions.

Utah Chess Championship for Children

The state elementary school chess championship was held at the University of Utah, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 [fifth and sixth grade results]

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Where to play in Idaho (ICA)



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