I have been a student of Russ for almost 10 years now and I can say that there isn't anything that he offers that doesn't provide considerable improvement to a person's game. This is especially true for his endgame and openings course work.

R White - Virginia ( Mental Health Services Supervisor )


Russell Potter and student shaking handsI've been taking lessons from Rusty for nearly 10 years. Rusty’s best knack for teaching is the ability to take all researched data and give it back to you in instructive, descriptive forms, memorable and often amusing. Rusty's ability to apply language-based ideas to chess is something I've not seen rivaled anywhere else.

J Lilly – Virginia ( Public School System Network Administrator )


No question about it, Russell is a great teacher. Only with comprehensive instruction will a player have a chance not only for impressive improvement but to really enjoy the challenge and thrill of playing. Russell gives you all that.

G Denby – Arizona ( Senior Stock Analyst – Retired )


My comprehensive chess instruction with Russell Potter has been extremely helpful. By selecting an opening repertoire that matched my style of play, receiving instruction in tactics and endgame theory, and analyzing my tournament games, I have improved my playing ability and my USCF rating. This has greatly increased my enjoyment of the game.

M Cooperson - Louisiana ( University Reference Librarian )


I have been a student of Rusty for a couple of years now. What I get from Rusty is a systematic approach to the game. I really needed this, because my game was very scattered before I started taking lessons. His teaching style is pragmatic and simple. Rusty is a very knowledgeable and experienced coach.

C Jones - Pennsylvania ( Certified Electrical Contractor )


Life Master Russell Potter has been by my chess coach for the last five years. I find his course material extremely well structured regarding the critical elements of the game that make for rapid progress. Russell is a Master Teacher with an excellent record of results. His long teaching experience makes learning this difficult game sheer fun. He effectively adapts his course curriculum, as needed, to the skill level of each student. His Basic Elements module was critical to deepening my understanding of planning in all three stages of the game. Russell maintains a close relationship with his students, past and present, to whom he remains deeply committed. He is highly regarded by his colleagues as a three-time champion of Virginia. I recommend him to prospective students as one of the best teachers of chess in the USA.

C Boucher - Virginia. ( Ambassador - Retired )


If your chess goals are long range and serious; and if you want a no nonsense, solid and comprehensive grounding in the opening, middlegame and endgame phases of chess, I strongly recommend the Russell Potter program as a pathway to help you achieve those goals.

T Michlowski – Wisconsin ( M.D. )


During the seven years our son has been taking chess lessons from Mr. Potter he has progressed from being a young player who relied solely on his natural ability to a player who now has a complete repertoire of openings and a much broader understanding of the entire game of chess. Mr. Potter is a gifted teacher who recognizes each student as an individual with his own needs and abilities and teaches accordingly. From the development of a uniquely individualized method of teaching openings to extensive post tournament game analysis, he is always striving to help his student become the strongest player possible. Mr. Potter is an incredible teacher who delights in sharing his extensive knowledge so that others can also develop a passion for chess.

M McGuire – Virginia ( Business Owner and Chess Mom )


I’ve taken lessons from Russell for a little over a year now. During that time he has guided me in selecting a personalized opening repertoire. He has also helped me to see many mistakes I’ve been making in my games with his game score analysis. My game has improved tremendously in this time! I find this very encouraging since I haven’t taken any tactics or endgame courses yet. I can only see my game getting stronger under the tutelage of Russell.

T Johnson – California ( Airline Pilot )


I have known Rusty for over 30 years and have taken lessons from him on and off for almost 20 of those years. I have gained a solid opening repertoire, a good endgame protocol, and lots of middlegame ideas from game analysis(the way I learn best). Rusty has always obliged me by adopting the learning method I do best with rather than some rigid idea he might apply to everyone; kudos for him. So if you are looking for someone who will willingly work with you and help you any way he can to improve your chess and your chess enjoyment, it will be Rusty.

R Davis – Virginia ( Pharmacist )


I have been taking chess lessons from Russell Potter since late spring of 2009. My rating used to fluctuate wildly but now it is steadily improving thanks in part to the excellent game score analysis he has done with me. Also, he has helped me to systematically build an opening repertoire designed to fit my style of play.

S Spencer – North Carolina ( Director, Mental Health Services Group Home )


Are you tired of the hit-or-miss approach of reading chess books to improve your performance ? Then hire a highly experienced chess instructor, who will diagnose the parts of your chess thinking that are holding you back. Russell Potter will pinpoint where you should focus your efforts, in order to quickly improve your chess !

D Erb - North Carolina


Russell Potter has greatly helped my game by teaching me how to specialize in a few opening strategies and providing manageable data bases of games to study on my own.

T Clark – Maryland ( Publisher )


Working with Rusty has really helped me organize my openings and my opening study. His comprehensive catalogue of opening drill-sheets makes it easy to pinpoint holes in your repertoire as well as make choices between different options in the lines you already play. Before working with Rusty, my openings were slipshod. Now I have a much better idea of what I'm going to play. This gives me extra time on the clock during games and more familiarity with the middle game positions that arise from my repertoire.

S McIntosh – North Carolina ( University Computer Systems Technician )


Russell Potter's aid in putting together my opening repertoire has saved me much time and many lost games. His methodical approach has ensured that I am prepared to meet all of the major opening systems. Within less than a year of instruction I have developed much opening knowledge and can go to tournaments with confidence. His instruction lays a firm backbone on which to lay the rest of your chess development.

H Harlow – Virginia ( College Student )


I started playing in tournaments as a teenager, but it wasn't an easy ride. I dedicated hundreds of hours to self-study, by trial and error. My opponent would play an opening, or an offbeat variation that I wasn't too familiar with. I'd lose, buy another book on the opening that 'beat' me and the vicious cycle would repeat itself all over again.

Sound familiar ?

Russell Potter has a proven system that will end up saving the student countless hours of time and frustration. Now, I actually spend far LESS time studying the game since we’ve started the lessons! That's because Russell cuts to the heart of the material and through a very detailed and careful diagnosis, comes up with a training regimen ( the right blend of opening study, middle game planning, game score analysis, etc ) that sets the student on the right track from the very beginning.

The results are plain. I started working with Russ only about one year ago and my rating has already jumped up nearly 200 rating points ! The game is a LOT more fun now. Russell Potter receives my highest endorsement as an instructor and chess

E Knudsen - Maryland ( Mechanical Engineer )


I am currently a student of Russell Potter. I definitely recommend his lessons to anyone seeking to improve their game. The opening work we have done is student specific so that the student is left with a focus and not with a unmanageable amount of opening study. Since beginning my lessons I did improve my rating. Even more important is the increase in my confidence in knowing that I am now following correct opening plans. If I do go wrong somewhere, I now have a source to whom I can direct my questions. Russell is a true teacher at heart and takes pride in his work.
He is also a nice man !

J Buxton - Maine ( Land Surveyor / Assessor )


I have taken chess lessons from Rusty Potter for over 7 years and my game has greatly improved as a result. Rusty is very professional in his approach to teaching chess and loves what he is doing. Some of my favorite chess lessons with him include; the development of my opening repertoire, attacking tips, game score analysis, and the study of basic, weak and strong pawn structures. Whether you want to become an A player, expert or higher, you need one on one training. With Rusty Potter you will get the best chess training money can buy.

C Fisher - Florida ( Certified Public Accountant )


The most unclear part of chess to me was the center during the opening.
I was never sure of how or when to change the center, and what the results of all the possible changes were. Thanks to Mr. Potter's 6 Cases of the Classical Center lecture, I was able to learn about the general rules governing these positions, and what positions I should strive to obtain, depending on whether I was playing to keep the advantage as White or achieve equality as Black.

C Teeple - Virginia ( High School Student )


I've been a student of Russell for over two years and my chess has improved tremendously during that time. Identifying and correcting key deficiencies in my chess knowledge was done largely through analysis of my games and by taking several of his courses. These short, easy to digest courses on chess strategy have included the Compulsion Scale, 6 Cases of the Classical Center and the Advanced Material Values Table. Combined with his short courses on the endgame,these strategy courses have helped me to much better understand the important transition from middlegame into the endgame.

JM Soto - Indiana ( University Professor & Administrator )


I am a student of Rusty's now for about two years. Rusty offers a comprehensive, structured set of lessons for any level of chess player. I have looked for better lessons, and have not found them anywhere. Unreal as this sounds, many times I have told Rusty his prices are WAY too low and yet he has refused to raise his rates ! Two subjects that I have been especially impressed with are his lecture on the King & Bishop & Knight vs. King Mate as well as his Pawn Promotion Drills Course. These particular lessons require a lot of detailed work, but they are logical, structured and complete.

B Curry - Pennsylvania ( Corporate Accountant - Retired )


An Original Life Master, Russell Potter’s 40 years of successful instructional and chess tournament expertise comes through in his personalized one-on-one lessons with his students at the Mid-Atlantic Chess Instruction Center.

Rusty tailors his instructional program to meet your needs, with an accommodating training schedule and at very reasonable rates.

My favorite lectures and courses include the Scale of Compulsion, Advanced Material Values, Fine’s Basic Chess Endings rules and Averbakh’s general principles. All of these have served to improve both my playing skill as well as my love for the game.

To Summarize : If you earnestly wish to improve your game, at very reasonable rates, through a proven training program by an experienced chess master, tailored to fit your individual needs, Rusty will give you the best “bang for the buck”!

D Delgado – Maryland ( Senior Executive, Manufacturing Operations )



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