Classes > Private Instruction
The Marshall Chess Club, as New York's center for chess learning, maintains a database of chess coaches who offer private instruction. Instructors and students are required to be current members of the club to conduct lessons on our premises. Please email Bryan Quick with any questions.

NM Eric Balck

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

Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy was the top player in the world for his age from 15-21 years old. He was the World Junior Champion and the highest rated blitz player in the world in 1989 &1993.He also tied for first in the World Rapid Championship. He has coached both Kasparov and Karpov for major events. In the last 5 years he has coached over 12 Nationals Champions, as well Pan-American, Continental, and World Youth Champions. His coaching style focuses on learning crushing openings, and the improvement of thinking patterns.

NM Tyrell Harriott

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

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.

NM Majur Juac

Majur Juac was born in Sudan and learned to play chess in a refugee camp in Kenya. He moved to the United States and became a National Master in 2011 (and a Life Master in 2017). For the past six years he has taught chess in class rooms, after school programs and as a private instructor. His aim is to teach students how to think for themselves. To Majur "thinking" is—after all—the art of chess. He centers his teaching on learning skills to attack the enemy king, when to break chess "rules," and how to creatively investigate the board.

GM Irina Krush

Irina Krush is a seven time US Women's Chess Champion. In 2013, she became the first American woman to earn the Grandmaster title. She has been a member of the US Women's Olympiad team since the age of 14, representing the country in ten events. In 2004 and 2008 she helped the team earn historic silver and bronze medals, and won an individual silver medal at the most recent Olympiad in 2018. 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

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.

GM Aleksandr Lenderman

Grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman has played in the US Championship 6 times, finishing in 3rd place in 2014. In 2005, he won the World Under-16 Championship ahead of GMs Vachier-Lagrave and Nepomniachtchi. He won the World Open in 2015 and the US Open in 2011 and 2017. At the 2017 World Cup, he advanced to Round three and beat GM Eljanov along the way. Other accomplishments include: the board two gold medal at the World Team Championship (2015), Millionaire Chess tournament final four (2015), & first at the National Open (2012). Aleksandr coached the USA National team that won the gold medal at the Olympiad in Baku and the silver medal in Batumi.

IM Silas Esben Lund

Silas came to New York in 2017 and teaches chess privately and in schools. An International Master and author of seven chess books, his most recent work is Opening Simulator - King’s Indian Defence (Quality Chess, 2019). As a coach, Silas focuses on building students knowledge and then teaching them how to use that knowledge to make good decisions over-the-board. Although he enjoys writing on diverse topics, his expertise (and passion!) is undoubtedly the endgame. His blog can be found at:

WIM Viktorija Ni

Viktorija was born in Latvia and has played competitive chess for 20 years. She played in her first World Youth Championship at the age of nine and has won many championships in Europe and the US. She finished fourth in the U.S. Women's Championships in 2012 and 2015 and has played in two Chess Olympiads for Latvia and two Women's World Team Championships for the US. Viktoria has enjoyed teaching in classrooms, at summer camps and as a private instructor since 2010. She believes that chess has positively shaped her thinking and ability to focus on complex problems and hopes to impart those benefits on her students. Outside of chess, she studied Business Administration in Chicago.

NM Juan Sena

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

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

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

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.