I have been taking lessons from Nikoli for the last two years. Before this, I hadn't played competitive chess for 27 years. When I took my first tentative steps back into competitive chess, I wasn't sure if my play or my passion would return to the same level as before. Nikolai not only has patiently taught me how to improve my play, but he also helped me regain a much-needed confidence. As I have a busy full-time job, I have a limited chess schedule. But still, I have shown clear improvement, which I don't think would have been possible without Nikolai's instruction, support, and friendship.
As a result, I am now enjoying chess as much as ever, and I have big goals. I am aiming to become a master.