I agree 1 hour with a private tutor is better than 1 hour self study...but I also agree that I have not fully realized my own un-tutored potential. I can study and spend some time reading about basic principals and such...being a novice at best sometimes the books escape me...but perhaps chess for dummies or some of the easier books that have been pointed out will help me...Also some youtube videos will help me maximize my own playing for free or very little out of pocket expense...once I do that then I will be ready for 1 on 1 private instruction...a side note I have about 8-10 hours per week for self-study/playing/private tutoring...I can't say that money isn't a factor, but I am doing far better now than ever before and may be able to support up 4-5 hours of private instruction per week at $25-$50 per hour...that would give me 4-5 hours of focused self study to work on what my teacher has for me...
1. What books for beginners are better than others.
2. What videos for beginners are better than others.
3. How do I find the right teacher for me. Is there a database of good chess teachers.
4. What level of chess teacher should I study with. Should I stagger it and study with a 1600 level player and pay less learn all I can from them then move up to 1800 and so on or should I study with the 2000+ player the entire time.
Any thoughts...Thanks for all your help...I am already getting better just slowing down and taking my time...though I am still missing obvious moves check this game out for more details 7.) I should have taken his queen with my knight checking his king instead I missed it and took his bishop? Game 10470352