Flavia Cancio-Bello Chess Coach Online
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I am Flavia and I come from Cuba, but I am living in Madrid now. Chess has been part of my life since I was 8 years old. I graduated from the University of Havana as a translator and interpreter in English and Italian languages. I love playing sports and traveling. I have been coaching chess for years. My hours are flexible, and I adapt to my students' needs. I am charismatic and cheerful.

My passion for chess started when I was 8 years old, and it was my dad who taught me to play. I am a competitive athlete, I started out wanting to beat a friend, then a match, a championship and that's how my love for this sport grew. I was a provincial and national youth champion for several years in a row.

I got second place in the 2012 Pan American U-20 Championship. Also, I got 10th place in the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil. I became a FIDE Master at 15 and I have an International Master standard. My highest FIDE rating was 2190.
Currently, I only teach, and I love sharing my passion for chess with the students.

In the world of chess there is a lot of information so everyone needs someone to help them focus on what really matters and should be studied. Each person learns differently and at their own pace. My goal is to find your way and your pace, and in this way create a study plan tailored to you. Also, I like to organize and make the lessons as enjoyable as possible for my students. In addition to the classes, I share extra material, organize tournaments with my students and etc.


  • Chess (Beginner-Intermediate)


No experience mentioned.


  • Translator and Interpreter (Sep, 2012Jul, 2018) from University of Havana
  • Woman Fide Master (Jul, 2010Sep, 2022) from FIDE

Fee details

    30/hour (US$31.25/hour)

    My teaching methodology is inspired and based on concepts developed by GM Igor Smirnov. I work on expanding Smirnov’s approach to chess by focusing on strengthening and empowering the student’s logical thought process which will allow the student to analyze any position and execute the best possible plans and moves. I like to guide the student in their learning process/path. I believe it is better to study a book thoroughly and assimilate it well than to study 100 poorly. I teach openings in a dynamic and practical way. I am more interested in guiding the student in understanding the logic, plan and idea behind each move rather than drowning them in sole theory. I help the student assimilate basic endgames and the typical plans used in these. My current teaching platforms are lichess and Skype.


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