With my upcoming world open and future OTB events planned and to my wife’s agreement, I can finally break down and get a coach. I live in a great area with many resources. I go to a great club, with many resources as well. So who did I ask to be my coach?
None other than Jorge Sammour-Hasbun who showed up at our club earlier this year after his 10-year hiatus from the game. I struck up a conversation with him and found that at an early point in his life he had taken lessons from Mikhail Tal. He’s very down to earth and has a life to balance outside of chess as well. I felt very comfortable around him, as he’s very approachable and genuine.
I was at the Mass-Open tournament over the Memorial day weekend and took a bit of a beating in the U2000 1-day event. I happened to pass by Jorge and got enough courage up to ask if he coached. Sure enough, he does and can accommodate me.
I am so excited. This is the first time I am able to splurge on official training and to have found someone like Jorge tops it all off.
I plan to post some of the highlights of my lessons in the future. These probably won’t begin for a couple weeks as I have a busy schedule with graduations in the near future.