Chess Coaching

"The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake"

Savielly Tartakower

2019 British Seniors Champion

My name is Mark Josse I am an experienced chess player and coach offering chess tuition in Surrey, South West London and surrounding areas. I have over 40 years of playing experience at a high level combined with 10 years teaching chess online, at schools and clubs.

“Many have become chess masters; no one has become the master of chess.”

Siegbert Tarrasch

Latest News From Surreykings

Surrey Kings Adult Section

A small all play all event was held over 5 weeks in July 2021 for players who are new to tournament chess . It proved a great opportunity for players who took up the game during Lockdown to test their new skills against each other .Congratulations to Ge…

Date: July 26, 2021, 6 p.m.

2nd Surrey Kings Rapid Play

The 2nd Surrey Kings Rapid play was held on 10th July 2021 at Ongar Place Primary School . Major 1st Place Alex Thompson 5/6, 2nd Dylan Wastney 4/6, 3rd = Adrian Callan, Ayan Pradhan & Krish Keshari all 3.5/6 Minor 1st = Santiago Salguero & Ol…

Date: July 11, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

11th Surbiton Team Battle July 2021

Surrey Kings took part in the 11th Surbiton team battle played on Lichess . A great effort by the Division 1 team saw us running out winners as the last game finished. A tremendous effort against illustrious opposition 1st Surrey Kings 89, 2nd Muswe…

Date: July 1, 2021, 6 p.m.

1st Surrey Kings Rapidplay

The 1st ever Surrey Kings Rapid play was held on 3rd June 2021 during half term at Ongar Place Primary School. The event was split in to two sections a Major and Minor . Minor 1st Robin Chapple 4.5/6 2nd = Santiago Salguero ,Jack O`Sullivan, Akshat…

Date: June 10, 2021, 10:26 a.m.

9th Surbiton Team Battle 20th May 2021

Surrey Kings were back in action again on the 20th May in the Surbiton team battle . We entered 3 teams Surrey Kings A in Division 2 , Surrey Kings B in Division 3 and Surrey Kings C in Division 4. Congratulations to all of our teams who managed to win p…

Date: May 20, 2021, 6 p.m.

8th Surbiton Invitational Team Battle

Surrey Kings Juniors A and B teams were back in action on the 6th May taking part in the Surbiton Invitational Team battle . Many congratulations to both teams for winning their divisions . Dylan Wastney and Kieron Liu were also respective individual ch…

Date: May 6, 2021, 6 p.m.

Richmond Junior Club

Very proud to be back again for Summer Term 2021 coaching the advanced group. I was fortunate to be a Richmond junior well over 40 years ago when it was run by Richard James and Mike Fox. Fast forward 5 decades and Paul McKeown, David Okike and the team …

Date: April 30, 2021, 11:32 a.m.

Surrey Kings Premier League Spring 2021

This was a keenly contested event with 26 players taking part in 7 rounds on the weeks off from 4NCL. The final result was in the balance right up until the last move of the event. 1st :– Gabriel Keech 6/7 2nd : = Alex Thompson :Ayan Pradhan 5.5/…

Date: April 30, 2021, 11:24 a.m.

Junior 4NCL Season 3

Played over 7 rounds from Jan-April. We entered 7 teams with two in Div 3 and five in Div 5. Surrey Kings 1 and 2 were both placed in tough groups with Barnet Knights and JHJ teams and performed admirably. Surrey Kings 1 were leading their group until…

Date: April 30, 2021, 11:17 a.m.

Junior 4NCL Season 2

Surrey Kings go from strength to strength in the Junior 4NCL having been a founder member in season 1. The competition was a lot stronger this time round. We fielded two teams in division 3 and two in Division four. Surrey Kings 1 finished 3rd in their g…

Date: Dec. 12, 2020, 6 p.m.

Surrey Kings Premier League Winter 2020

Surrey Kings premier league was back this time with two sections an all play all Premier event and a swiss championship competition for improving players. The games were played as usual on Thursday evenings with both competitions going right down to the …

Date: Dec. 12, 2020, 11:39 a.m.

1st Surrey Kings Premier League Summer 2020

The first ever Surrey Kings Premier League was a 10 round swiss tournament run on Thursday evenings from 18th June to 16th July 2020 with two rounds per evening. The event involved 16 strong under 11 players with all players winning at least one match du…

Date: July 16, 2020, 11:44 a.m.

National Schools Event

I teamed up with a good friend of mine Rob Wilmoth who runs the successful Barnet Knights Chess club to put together a 61 team schools online chess event on Saturday 27th June. The event was played over 5 rounds in two sections the premier and championsh…

Date: June 27, 2020, 1 p.m.

Surrey Kings Under 14 Online Blitz

The first ever Surrey Kings Blitz event was held online during lockdown on 24th May and played over 8 rounds at 5 minutes plus 1 second increment. The event was won by Alex Thompson with a perfect 8/8 many congratulations to him on a fine performance. In…

Date: May 24, 2020, noon

Surrey Kings Coaching is Unique

Chess should be fun. Choosing a chess coach for your school, private lessons or as an adult player looking to improve is not easy as there are so many different choices available. Having been on the journey as a player and a coach, I understand the importance of finding the right support.

I work with each student individually to put together a specific training plan for their improvement in all aspects of the game. I gave up chess for 12 years, due to the demands of my career, but my love for the game was rekindled when I picked up a chess book at a shop and started to play again. I had to reteach myself the basics - eventually making progress from 140 to 212 ECF.

This experience as an adult player meant I looked at chess from new perspectives, focusing less on sharp opening play but concentrating on positional play and developing a love for the endgame and simpler positions. I am able to use my vast playing and coaching experience to work with beginners looking to learn the game, all the way through to adults and master players looking to work on aspects of their play.



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