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The Marshall Chess Club, as New York's center for chess learning, maintains a database of chess coaches who offer private instruction. Please email Eric Balck or Bryan Quick with any questions.

Expert Frank Ashmun

franka@marshallchessclub.org

Frank grew up in Nashville, TN, where he was one of the top High School chess players in the state. His best tournament results include second board for the TN High School State Champions (2005 and 2006), and second place in the U2000 section of the World Open (2008 and 2012). After receiving his B.A. in history at the University of Tennessee he worked for 2 years for Chess –in-the-Schools, where he taught in hundreds of classrooms, and helped coach several trophy winners at National tournaments. He is an assistant manager at the Marshall Chess Club and regularly teaches the Saturday Junior Class. He currently works as a private instructor for children who share his passion for chess, while also completing a B.S. in Physics at the City College of New York (2017).



NM Eric Balck

elbalck@gmail.com
828-280-8040

Eric is originally from Asheville, North Carolina. He is a FIDE certified National Instructor and has been teaching privately and in classrooms throughout New York for several years. Eric is a National Master. He is an Assistant Manager at the Marshall Chess Club and recently completed an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts.



GM Maxim Dlugy

maximdlugy@gmail.com
917-930-8840

Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy’s chess credentials are extensive. As a player he has been a World Junior Champion, twice National Open Champion, twice World Open Champion, #1 Rated by World Blitz Chess Association, a US Olympic Medalist, and the 2012 Moscow Rapid and Blitz Grand Prix Champion. He has served as the US Olympic Women's Team Captain, and helped prepare both Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov for major international events, including World Chess Championships. Maxim specializes in openings, strategic understanding, and a student’s improvement of their speed of play in both regular and blitz chess.



NM Tyrell Harriott

falzehope@gmail.com
347-538-4892

Tyrell Harriott is a USCF National Master. In his three years of full-time classroom instruction with Chess-in-the-Schools, his students won The NYC Mayor's Cup, placed 2nd in the K-6 U1000 and 4th in the K-5 U1000 section at Elementary Nationals. Tyrell is an active tournament player who has traveled to many countries to play chess. His competitive milestones include: 2nd place U2000 at The World Open in 2012, 1st place U2000 at The Continental Open in 2012, and 1st place U2100 at The Manhattan Open in 2012. Tyrell is passionate about technology and incorporates chess learning software, SMARTBoards, and online assessments into his pedagogy.



FM Asa Hoffmann

FMasa.hoffmann@gmail.com
212-260-0396

Asa is a FIDE Master and USCF Life Senior Master. He has enjoyed a decades-long career as a player, teacher and chess author. By the age of 21, he was the 21st ranked player in the United States. He learned to play openings from World Champion Bobby Fischer, middle-games from GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, and endings from GM Pal Benko. Experience is the best teacher! Who is more qualified to teach you!? Asa offers lessons at the Marshall Chess Club or at your home.



GM Gata Kamsky

gkchesstiger@yahoo.com
646-620-6377

GM Gata Kamsky is one of the most accomplished chess player in the United States. Reaching as high as #4 in the world rankings, Gata has been a World Champion Candidate several times. In 2010 he was crowned Rapid World Champion. On the national level, he has won the United States Championship 5 times, and competed for the country in numerous Olympiads and other team competitions. Gata is a pioneer and helped popularize the London System and 5. ...a6 Slav openings. As an instructor, he guides his students to improve their chess intuition and understanding of concrete positions. Also important is the advancement of the student’s psychological and practical approaches to competition.



GM Irina Krush

irina.krush@gmail.com

Irina Krush is the current and seven time US Women's Chess Champion. In 2013, she became the first American woman to earn the title of Grandmaster. She has been a member of the US Women's Olympiad team since the age of 14, representing the country in eight events. In 2004 and 2006 she helped the team earn historic silver and bronze medals. Irina has many years of teaching experience, with both private students and larger classes. She has taught across the US and enjoys sharing her passion for the game. She graduated from NYU in 2006 with a BA in International Relations.



GM Sergey Kudrin

kudrin2001@yahoo.com
609-335-1339

Sergey Kudrin became a Grandmaster in 1984. He has represented the United States at two Olympiads (1988 and 2004) and participated in many US Championships, finishing 3rd in 2007. Sergey has played in four World Cups and won or tied for first in many international tournaments including Norway (1982), Copenhagen (1983), Israel (1984), & London (1984). Serving as a second, he helped prepare former World Champion Boris Spassky for several events. He has been teaching 25 years and his former students include US Junior Champions Gregory Schahade and Steve Winer, and US Women's Champion Jennifer Shade. He has also coached top young players at the World Junior Championships.



NM Juan Sena

boobilongo@hotmail.com
347-543-5555

Juan is a USCF Life Master. Before coming to the United States, he was a National Youth Coach in the Dominican Republic. He has also worked as a Chess Instructor for Top Level Chess, The Browning School, Chess-in-the-Schools, and the Westbury School System on Long Island.



FM Igor Shneider

shneider.igor@gmail.com
845-321-0299

Igor Shneider is a FIDE Master who been teaching chess for over 10 years. He has played chess across North/South America, Europe, and Asia. As a youth, he represented the United States in 5 World and Continental Chess Championships, played in the US National Championship, and earned a full tuition scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas to play on their prestigious chess team. While at UT-Dallas, he was part of 3 National Collegiate Chess Championship teams. He also helped run BGS Chess, an organization teaching chess in over 20 schools. Igor has moved back to New York to pursue an MBA from NYU.



NM Jim West

jimrwest@msn.com
973-820-7525

Jim has been a National Master for 35 years and has authored two books on the Philidor Counter Gambit. In 1996, he was awarded top prize in the Best Opening Analysis category by the Chess Journalists of America. In 1999, he played board one on the winning team at the United States Amateur Team East Tournament. Currently, he teaches after school chess classes in New Jersey for the Enrich and Grow Academy programs. In addition, he coaches many private students in the North Jersey area. He has been a member of the Marshall Chess Club for more than 40 years.



GM Leonid Yudasin

arbluma@juno.com
347-598-8504

Grandmaster Leonid Yudasin is an Olympic Champion, twice World Champion Candidate, Champion of Israel, Co-Champion of the former USSR, and winner of about 20 additional International tournaments. He has been a Chess Trainer for more the 35 year and ten of his students have become Grandmasters. Another 30 have achieved Master level. He has taught in schools for 20 years in three countries, authored/edited five chess books and is fluent in English, Hebrew, and Russian.