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School Curriculum and Program Advisor

Mike is a FIDE Master and Life National Master residing in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mike's taught chess for the past 18 years. 

In addition to teaching chess, Mike is a regular contributor to, Chess Life Magazine and Chess Life Online where he researches and writes about many aspects of competitive chess.  He received his degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2012 and 2015, he was named Chess Journalist of the Year by the Chess Journalists of America.

He's eager to help your child benefit from chess while having fun and interacting in a positive way with his/her peers.

As an instructor:

  • Taught more than 4,000 children and adults over 16 years

  • Instructor at more than 50 summer camps

  • Head coach of 2003 National K-8 Champion Team (David A. Boody Middle School - Brooklyn, NY)

  • Coach of 2003 National Sixth Grade Champion (Jayson Lian)

  • Coach of 2003 National K-8 Co-Champions (GM Alex Lenderman and NM Alex Pelekhaty)

  • Coach of 2004 National K-8 Champion (NM Alex Pelekhaty)

  • Coach of several National Champion junior varsity teams and top-five open section teams

  • 2003 Chess-in-the-Schools Instructor of the Year

  • Coach of numerous top-5 teams and individuals at NC State Scholastic Championships


Mike loves to play tennis, bike and travel.  In 2009, he completed a trip around world visiting 33 countries on 5 continents. 

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