Working with Elshan has been a genuinely life-changing experience, with benefits that extend far beyond just improving my game. His unique approach to teaching has completely changed the way I see the game and enabled me to have a greater level of sophistication and understanding of chess. For example, his emphasis on the 9 imbalances of chess truly opened my eyes to the complexities of the game and gave me a new perspective on how to approach each position strategically.
Under Elshan’s teaching for a little over a year, I earned the Candidate Master title, National Master title, and FIDE Master Title, and gained over 400 points. Elshan’s patience and encouragement have been instrumental to my growth in the game, and he has always been available to analyze my games and provide insightful feedback. His passion for the game is contagious, and he has helped me to develop a deeper appreciation for the nuances of chess.
In addition to his coaching, Elshan’s book, Sherlock’s Method, delves into many interesting and fascinating concepts and offers a holistic view on the game. It has been an invaluable resource for me, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their game. Thanks to Elshan’s coaching, I was able to achieve one of my greatest accomplishments – winning the World School Chess Championship u15 in Panama with a score of 8.5/9. This would not have been possible without his guidance and support. I highly recommend Elshan to anyone looking to take their chess game to the next level. He is an exceptional coach who is truly invested in his students’ success, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him!
-FM Shawnak Shivakumar
FIDE 2430, World #4 & US #2 for < 16 yrs old (2023)