Gavin's knowledge of the game, his detailed analysis, his ability to convey both praise and criticism in a helpful, non-threatening, non-judgmental but patient manner, made his style a huge hit with my son. Gavin not only knows the game incredibly well, he knows what he can expect of beginners, he knows what beginners need to hear to remain persistent and encouraged, and he speaks in a language and with a manner that reaches these kids. Thanks Gavin!
- T. Jacobsen
Mr. Francis was extremely patient and understanding with my son. He would not have achieved the depth of play, understanding or appreciation of chess without Mr. Francis' encouragement and help. I believe when he gets a little older, he will appreciate the time and effort Mr. Francis put into the course with him.
- A. Kaplan
As I listened in on some of the lessons, I was impressed by Gavin's patience, knowledge and ability to provide useful advice that enabled my son to make significant progress.
- D. Hurst
I wanted to write and thank you for the experience that you gave my sons this summer during their chess course. Both boys had a lot of fun and learned a lot, and I think that has a lot to do with how you conducted the course. The fact that you always pointed out something that they did well before addressing any mistakes they might have made definitely kept their spirits up when they were struggling. And your calm and patient demeanor during your meetings online put them at ease so that they were open to learning. Since the course ended, one of my sons has joined after school chess, and they have both enjoyed playing with each other, their dad, and their friends.
- S. Moore
Gavin Francis has been a phenomenal instructor, investing so much time and effort to make sure that our son was challenged.
- B. Kockler
Gavin studied chess with me very early in his development as a chess player. He trained with me for almost two years. During that time we worked together to better his understanding of opening play, tactical ideas, and basic endgame technique. He was serious about his study, worked hard to improve, and developed a deeper appreciation for the game. I'm glad to see that he is now passing his love of chess on to his own students.
- Miodrag Perunovic, International Master
It was a pleasure to listen to Mr. Francis treat my son as a worthy, free-thinking young student as he asked challenging questions, gave appropriate critique where needed, and offered welcome congratulations whenever my son answered or performed well. I could see my son's confidence grow during that interaction, and he has carried it through these weeks later. Mr. Francis always encouraged my son to ask questions or meet online to play chess, and he made himself available at our convenience (4 hours behind E.S.T.) rather than his own. What a great instructor!
- T. Edwards
Thank you very much for helping our daughter with her math course. The instruction and encouragement you provided was extremely beneficial. We really appreciate all of the support you gave her during her first on-line course experience.
- A. Shamoun
I just wanted to say how much better my son is at chess now and how much he enjoys it. Thank you!
- J. Juan