CM Jonathan Rasberry
Current Rating: 2102
Peak Rating: 2128 - July 2016
Highest Title: CM (Candidate Master) - June 2018
2016 Alabama Dual Rated Chess Co-Champion
2016 Falcon Chess Invitational Champion
2015 Alabama Scholastic Chess Champion
2014 Alabama Blitz Co-Champion
2015-2018: 10+ Other Open Championship Titles
Coach of 2 State Scholastic Champions (2017, 2018)
Coached at 4 National Scholastic Championships (Multiple Teams Finished Top 10)
Hosted Multiple Chess Camps with RasberryChess and the Madison City Chess League
Co-Coached at Summer Camps with GM Alex Stripunsky, IM Daniel Rensch, and FM Mike Klein
Middlegame, Endgame Focused: In my opinion, chess is not a game that rewards memorizing. I teach the main ideas found in the middlegame and endgame to promote pattern recognition and critical thinking. Prior to tournaments we will boost their opening book with opening preparation.
Principles Based: Instead of memorizing strict lines or certain positions, I heavily emphasize the use of principles in decision making such as how to treat a positional imbalance or how to recognize when to attack. Advanced students will of course have certain positions they are required to memorize.
Student Centered: Most direction of how I coach is based on the student's personal strengths and weaknesses and not based on rating. The student and I study the student's games after tournaments to identify and begin fixing mistakes and I give suggestions on outside materials to study and study tips for maximal study-time efficiency.
Chess is a miniature version of life. To be successful, you need to be disciplined, assess resources, consider responsible choices and adjust when circumstances change.
— Susan Polgar