Daniel Lowinger
Instructional Consultant
  • Co-Founder
  • USCF certified “Life Master”
  • USCF peak rating: 2366
  • Author, Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats
  • Author, The 3...Qd8 Scandinavian: Simple and Strong
  • Top 1% of competitive players nationally. 
  • Coach of Connecticut and New England Scholastic Championship teams
  • Many time director and instructor at area chess camps
  • President, Amherst College Chess Club
  • B.A. Philosophy, Amherst College

Maxim Dlugy
Grandmaster Instructor
  • International Grandmaster- Highest title in the world!
  • USCF peak rating: 2694
  • Professional chess player and coach
  • Former World Junior Champion
  • 2x National Open and World Open Champion
  • US Olympic Medalist
  • 2012 Moscow Rapid & Blitz Grand Prix Champion
  • Helped prepare both Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Kaprov for major international events including World Chess Championships.

Michael Rohde
Grandmaster Instructor
  • International Grandmaster- Highest title in the world!
  • USCF peak rating: 2676
  • Professional chess player and coach
  • National High School Champion 1976
  • Won brilliancy prize in three consecutive US Championships
  • US Open Champion 1991, 2007
  • Marshall and Manhattan Chess Club Champion
  • Wrote game of the month column in Chess Life 1991 - 1996

Ian Harris
Master Instructor

  • USCF certified “Life Master”
  • USCF peak rating: 2364
  • Co-author, Mastering Chess: 2nd Edition
  • Top 1% of competitive players nationally. 
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Three time Connecticut State Champion ('13, '15, '16)
  • Connecticut State Scholastic Champion (2004)
  • Former member of UMBC championship chess team
  • United States Chess Federation certified tournament director
  • Chess Camp Instructor (6 years)– IM Kopec’s Chess Camps

Arslan Otchiyev
Master Instructor

  • USCF certified “Life Master”
  • USCF peak rating: 2409
  • Top 1% of competitive players nationally. 
  • Qualified for the Olympic team of Turkmenistan in 2008
  • Six time national champion of Turkmenistan
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally in Turkmenistan
 

Andrew Ryba
Master Instructor

  • USCF certified “National Master”
  • USCF peak rating: 2352
  • Top 1% of competitive players nationally. 
  • Ranked in the top 100 blitz players nationally.
  • Three time Queens Chess Club Champion
  • =2nd at World Open u2200 section 2011
  • National High School Team Champion 2009
  • B.S. Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
 

Kapil Chandran
Master Instructor

  • USCF certified “Senior Master”, highest certified national title.
  • FIDE (World Chess Federation) Master
  • USCF peak rating: 2429
  • Top 0.3% of competitive players nationally. 
  • Ranked 4th in the nation for players aged 16
  • Tied for 2nd place in the National K-12 Championships, '15
  • 1st Place Denker Tournament of High School Champions, '13
  • Two time first place winner of the Tri-State Super-Juniors
  • K-8 National Co-Champion, 2012
  • Eight-time Connecticut State Champion
  • Tied for 9th in the U12 and 10th in the U16 sections at the World Youth Chess Championships, 2010 & 2014
   

Ryan Young
Master Instructor

  • Professional chess instructor for 5 years
  • USCF peak rating: 2212
  • 7th and 11th grade Connecticut State Champion
  • Coached Amity High School to win High School State Championship

 

Robert Steindorf
Tournament-Level Instructor

  • Avid chess player since the age of 6 with many years of tournament experience.
  • USCF peak rating: 1764
  • Practicing trial lawyer from 1983 - 2010.
  • B.S. from New York University
  • J.D. from St. John's University

David Childs
Tournament-Level Instructor

  • Professional musician and educator.
  • USCF peak rating: 1590
  • Life long chess enthusiast.
  • 30 years teaching experience. Presently teaches at Fairfield University and Cider Mill School in Wilton.
  • Member of winning junior high team. 3 time state champions and 1 time national champions.

 
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