Miami's chessmen (clockwise from left): Alberto Hernandez, Rodelay Medina, Charles Galofre, and Renier Gonzalez
Dear Chess Friends, I have been on a long hiatus, now for sometime helping structure and organize a new start-up in Cloud Computing. On a good day, I am Executive Vice President, some days the janitor, and on bad days with a contracting voice. Some days helping guide deep and uncanny strategy, others not able to grasp how to win a small account. Its humbling. Endless practice. Never can we be prepared enough, to shape a major endeavor.
If I ever fail to review--then approve any comments, it is not benign neglect but rather a result of too many Google log-ins--my old Polgar Middlegame initiative email, my davidkorn.specialprojects at geee! male dot kom email, The West Orange Chess Club
email (I now produce their blog--to help my most wonderful club back and running there), and most recently, my email associated with the start up. That makes four. I have browsers for each, but the one for here sees the least, albeit, I do always get to it, just not as often...
On that note, my dear friend FM Charles Galofre (USCF 2316 ELO
) has reached out to me, to draw notice to his web-site, Chess Training School
. Charles is the real deal.
It is unclear to me what the significance of the second site he is affiliated with is, but I duly note it here [2
]. While he is filled with enthusiasm and its therefore hard to link to it as a main draw when it is woefully inoperative relative to his not insignificant chess imprimatur (no fault there, matter of 'the cobblers shoes'), I nevertheless can wholeheartedly recommend him without any qualifications as a chess teacher. He is far more than a chess master, but a bone-fide candidate International Chess Master.
Charles did not teach me, but mentored me, and so, so very well. It was he who in a big way helped shape the very fundamental major choices of my opening repertoire (Slav and Torre added to my inveterate Caro-Kann), helped me get into chessBase 9 very, very powerfully, and if that were not enough, got me off to a clear and firm start into Chess Tactics Server
I don't now if or when Charles will make or be an IM. But I do know, that were it not for enormous responsibilities with his family, producing and editing chess videos
, and chess teaching, that he would easily be one now. Life costs us all, and he no less than you or me...
He is at ICC, as TheSalesman
, handle. He can teach you in the Miami-Dade area, over the phone, help you hold local chess tournaments, and teach you at ICC remotely. He loves chess. And its obvious. He is incredibly gifted [3
] and he shares that god-light in his chess.
I truly don't know where my chess would be without him.
Blessings, dk Article in Miami New Times, called: 'Grandmasters in Guayaberas', where with his team-mates who beat no less than Harvard in the Final Four of Chess.
 Chess and Learning Blog, linked here.
 He has beaten many Grandmasters--many times--at ICC, including no less than OM, etc. Hardly a laughing matter beating a once world number eleven, US Chess Champion, etc :-).