Arslan Otchiyev
Master Instructor

  • USCF certified “Life Master”
  • USCF peak rating: 2409
  • Top 1% of competitive players nationally. 
  • Connecticut State Champion (2018)
  • New York Open Champion (2018)
  • Qualified for the Olympic team of Turkmenistan in 2008
  • Six time national champion of Turkmenistan
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally in Turkmenistan
  • Lessons available in Russian, Spanish and Turkmen

Alex Iosifovich
Tournament-Level Instructor

  • Avid chess player and competitor since the age of 9
  • USCF peak rating: 1955
  • Demonstrator at numerous international tournaments for world champions M. Tal, T. Petrosian, B. Spassky, M. Botvinnik, and more.
  • Instructed a beginner chess club in Moscow
  • Member of the Moscow College chess team
  • Represented his state in national team events in Moldova
  • Lessons available in English or Russian


Chris Keefe
Tournament-Level Instructor

  • Professional musician and educator.
  • Avid chess player with a Class A rank since 2011
  • USCF peak rating: 1939
  • Has trained with reknowned instructors Jeremy Silman, Gregory Kaidanov and Dan Heisman.
  • Many years of instructional experience with students of all ages.
  • B.A. New England Conservatory of Music 1998

Adriel Alvarado
Tournament-Level Instructor

  • USCF peak rating: 1636
  • United States Chess Federation certified tournament director
  • Co-Founded St. Lukes School Chess Club
  • Currently studying Architectural Engineering at Norwalk Community College

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.

Carl Scovens
Tournament-Level Instructor

  • United States Chess Federation certified tournament director
  • USCF peak rating 1539
  • Professional chess instructor since 2014
  • Dream Team Instructor
  • Instructed at New Beginnings Family Academy, Indian Cultural Center in Greenwich, Pound Ridge Elementary, & many others

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