Jose Rodas Arroyo
The newest member of our Customer Service Team , Jose is a 4th-year student at NYU studying Education Studies and a mainstay in the Club, Village Chess @Zinc.
A Candidate Master, “Brian A” was a member of a High School National Championship team…While playing on a MIDDLE school team! Coach Brian, a former Chess NYC student, has brought his enthusiasm, team-orientation, and ability to engage students to Chess NYC coaching. Coach Brian has 8+ years of experience in Chess excellence.
Coach John’s interpersonal skills are evident when it comes to teaching children about Chess, making them crave to become solid masters of the game. For over two years now, Coach John has been with Chess NYC, developing strong bonds with his students, bringing his 16+ years Chess experience to the table. His favorite memory is when Coach John played Grandmaster Susan Polgar in a simul at the Friars club! Despite his deep background in Chess, Coach John believes that he still has much to learn in Chess, which he will, and pass on the knowledge to his pupils.
A 4.0 NYU student, Coach Becca has been with Chess NYC since 2017. Both a coach “in the field” and a “behind-the-scenes” administrative assistant, Coach Becca is a valued member of the Chess NYC family! Her favorite chess memory was teaching 4 year olds the Spanish and French openings and then watching them crush their (much older) opponents @ Play N’ Go!
Coach Laura has been with Chess NYC for multiple years. Her acting background (and face-painting skills) allows her to bring creative and innovative methods to the classroom. Her favorite memory was teaching Pre-K students to use a timer to promote focused chess play. They “took to it” surprisingly fast and well! They laughingly nicknamed the clock “Mr. Timer” and had a blast! (whatever works, right?)
Meng Nan Chen
Coach Meng attended the famed IS 318 and holds multiple National Titles including 2013 Grade Nationals (7th Grade), 2014 Grade Nationals (8th Grade), 2014 All Girls Nationals 14U, and 2015 All Girls Nationals 14U. Her young age allows her to relate and connect with our younger students! She has worked for Chess NYC for over 2 years now.
Coach Samantha began as a student here and now boasts a year of experience working with Chess NYC! Coach Samantha is quite the competitive star! She won the All Girls Nationals 14U in 2015 and took 1st place at the 13th Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Boys and Girls last year earning her a full ride college scholarship. Her favorite memory is going to the Grade Nationals in Disney World (of course lol).
Coach Stephen has been with Chess NYC for 3 years, a Team Leader @ Camps, Private Coach and Classroom Teacher. Stephen is an invaluable asset to Chess NYC and Families alike. Coach Stephen is also on our basketball team! His favorite memory is when his high school team won All-State chess in Oregon, 2009 🙂
Coach Jason’s favorite Chess memory occurs every time he walks back into a school that he previously taught, when his students come running up to him express how much they missed him. He has been playing Chess for about a total of 7-8 years! He played back when he was about 10-12 years old but stopped because he did not have many people around him that played. Now that he is at Chess NYC, he quickly turned it back on and has been part of the family for almost 5 years now. Jason’s goal is to ensure that “everyone, always, has someone to play”
Coach Andrew is an OG member of Chess NYC! Since the beginning of Chess NYC, Coach Andrew brings his theoretical and historical Chess knowledge when it comes to motivating and sharing his passion with kids. It should come to no surprise that he is a candidate Grandmaster! His favorite memory of Chess is when Coach Andrew frequently competed in tournaments with Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura: two of the top players in the U.S. In addition, Coach Andrew treasures his memory of teaching at a camp with special guest Magnus Carlsen, and meeting Chess giants like Kasparov and Karpov. Around 3rd grade, his father taught Coach Andrew the basic rules of Chess but it was thanks to his 6th grade teacher who rewarded Coach Andrew’s math and reading excellence with the opportunity to play chess with each other that inspired him to become a passionate player. He has been playing Chess on a daily basis ever since, and has started playing in various clubs and tournaments.
Coach Misae has been playing Chess since early childhood and instinctively chose the Knight as her favorite chess piece. She teaches with an emphasis on problem solving skills, the goal being that students apply the same process in life decisions, down the road. MIsae has been with Chess NYC over a year now!
1) My best chess memory as a player was when I won 6 out of 7 games as a 6th grader competing in my last Nationals. My best memory as a coach was meeting and working with “The Great One” — Magnus Carlsen when he participated in Chess NYC camp for an entire week.
2)I’ve been playing chess since I was in 3rd grade. I didn’t play for many years and then rediscovered the game in college. But to my own amazement, I have now been coaching the game to players of all ages for 18 years.
3)I’m proud and honored to say I am a long-standing Chess NYC coach who has worked with the company for almost 10 years.
4)I think by now I bring a lot of good attributes to the table as an experienced chess coach, but one of my best qualities in my own opinion is that I use analogies and literary language to help students remember concepts and break this complicated, often intimidating game down to size.
Coach Ikrom is an International Master who has been playing chess for over 20 years and worked for Chess NYC for 4! His favorite chess memory was beating GM Vadim Malakhatko in a classical time format chess tournament. It was his first win against a GM. Coach Ikrom says the “top skill” he brings to Chess NYC has been his ability to build a National winning chess program.