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MY BACKGROUND

In 1996 while waiting to resume my first year at college, I started playing chess professionally. I played all through college, representing college, states, and country and winning the overall best male athlete from 2002 - 2004. After studying and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, I understood the relationship between chess and critical thinking. I realized that like philosophy, chess also stimulates critical thinking and can be used as a tool for such.

We introduced the Chess Aided Mathematics Program - CAMP - as an experiment at a school to help kids with issues in mathematics with the agreement that a contract would be signed based on the result. The result was fantastic and it became clear to me that every kid should be allowed to learn chess even if they don't intend to become professionals. 

 

Teaching kids how to play is my passion and with over 25 years of tournament play and 15 years of teaching, I have developed myself into a professional chess coach and tournament director.  I have these qualifications:
- FIDE Certified Chess in Education Lecturer (CEL - Teacher Trainer)
- Certified FIDE Instructor (FI)

- FIDE Certified School Instructor (SI)

- FIDE National Arbiter
- US Chess Federation Club Tournament Director


Since moving to the United States, I have helped schools, libraries and scholastic institutions develop chess programs, taught curriculum and after-school programs. I have also worked at different chess camps in New York and New Jersey. I am the founder of Livingston Scholastic Chess Tournaments - www.livingstonchess.com

List of current and past clients include - 

MOUNT PLEASANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

DIPLOMAT CHESS

- Our Lady of Mount Carmel

- Chatham Day School, Chatham NJ

- Pingry School, Short Hills NJ

- Washington Avenue School, Chatham NJ

-Kent Place School, Summit NJ

- Central Elementary School, Warren NJ

- Far Brook School, Short Hills NJ

ALPHAMIND ACADEMY

          - Hoboken Catholic School, Hoboken, NJ

Beloved Charter School, Jersey City, NJ

- Cordero School, Jersey City, NJ

- PrimaryPrep, Jersey City, NJ

- PS 3, Jersey City, NJ

 

NEW YORK SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB

PS 452, NY NY

- PS 334, NY NY

 

DO-RE-MI SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS

 

JERSEY CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

INTERNATIONAL CHESS ACADEMY

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