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Ashfaq

Rating: FIDE 2037

Coach Ashfaq is an international rated player having 15 years of experience, teaching players of various levels. His highest rating was 2037. He started his teaching career in 1998 for Chennai Chess Academy (Now Named as 64 Squares) and later ventured into his own academy “Brain Square Chess Academy” handling many students. Now presently providing individual coaching to rated players and budding players, some of his accolade include training GM Adhiban, B (current Elo 2561), GM Shyam Sundar M (current Elo 2505). Successfully conducted many chess summer camps for young chess aspirants, in association with Chennai’s leading coaches Mr.S.C.Subramanian and Mr. R.R Vasudevan. He was also involved in proof reading two books on chess of Mr. Murali Mohan (General Secretary of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association). Apart from chess coaching he has actively contributed his efforts in www.chaturangam.com for chess puzzles and online games upload in pgn format.

Athulan

Rating: FIDE

Coach Athulan is a Chess Coach with 25 years of experience as a Player, Coach, Arbiter and Chess Organizer. His students include WIM Kasturi, IM Poobesh Anand, U-8 National Champion Mahima Rajmohan. In Addition to FIDE Arbiter he is also a Chess Development Instructor.

Dr. Rangarajan

Rating: FIDE 2150

Coach Ranga is an International Rated Player and has been No.1 player in Pondicherry in India for the last 5 years. His highest FIDE rating was 2205 and he has competed in more than 100 National and International tournaments. He has represented his state in Indian National Championship in 2005, 2007 and 2010. To his credit he has achieved many top prize awards in many National tournaments. His strength is in identifying his students weakness and suggesting improvements, particularly in their Opening and End games.

Derek Wu

Rating: FIDE 2109 USCF 2247

Coach Derek Wu (USCF rating: 2247 Fide:2109) started playing chess at the age of 7. He excels in tactical variations and very sharp on key positional ideas and strategies along with theoretical endgames and opening variations. He is very good at analyzing games and pointing out needed areas of improvement.
Because of his growing passion towards chess, he is very up to date with the current trends in the chess world. He has tremendous playing experience, having played over 1600 USCF rated games and tens of thousands more online. He has scored against many Grandmasters in over-the-board chess and has hundreds more online. His biggest achievements include becoming the 2016 Alabama Junior High Chess Champion, representing the state of Alabama for the 2017 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, winning the 2017 Northern California Championship (Expert Section), achieving his National Master Title (2200 USCF rating) in January of 2018, shortly after his 15th birthday, becoming the co-champion of the 2019 Best of the West Championship, and becoming a member of the Pro Chess League “San Diego Surfer’s Team” . Derek is one of the top players in the nation for his age and looks forward to achieving much more.

GaneshBabu

Rating: FIDE 2109

Coach GaneshBabu is an International Rated player and is coaching chess for many years. He is a very active and successful chess player and some of his achievements are listed below:- Runner up in Tamilnadu State Team Championship 2012 Tied for 3rd Place in 2nd AIM Intl. FIDE Rating Tmt 2012 Represented Tamilnadu State in National Challenger Chess Championship 2011 Represented Tamilnadu State in National Under-25 Chess Championship 2010 4th Place in Tamilnadu State senior Chess Championship 2011 3rd Place in Tamilnadu State Under-25 Chess Championship 2010 6th Place in National Team Chess Championship 2011 Tied for 2nd Place in S.K.N Memorial Fide Rated Tmt 2009 1st Place in Madurai kamaraj University Chess Championship 2008 Board Prize Winner in South-West Zone University Chess Championship 2010.

Kandi Ravi

Rating: FIDE 1890

Coach Ravi is an International Rated player, Senior National Arbiter and is coaching chess for many years. He has participated in more than 300 tournaments and still plays in tournaments regularly. He is also the member of South Central Railway Zonal Chess team for the last 18 years. He has trained many students in schools and colleges. Many of his students have achieved FIDE rating and performed well at State and National level championships. Coach Ravi love the game of chess and feels very happy to teach his students the amazing game of chess. His way of coaching is Slow and Steady will Succeed.

Muthu

Rating: FIDE 1572

Coach Muthu is an international FIDE rated player and has coaching experience of Three years. Some of his achievements include Winner of Bharathiyar University Individual Chess Championship for the years 2012 & 2013. Runner up of Bharathiyar University Individual Chess Championship for the year 2014. Represented Bharathiyar university team for the South Zone Chess tournament for the past 5 years 2010-2014. Runner up of window international FIDE rating chess tournament in 2013. Winner of Salem district open chess championship for the year 2015 and got many awards from various tournaments. He is also a qualified Tamilnadu State arbiter and TNSCA state certified coach.

R.R. Vasudevan

Rating: FIDE 1887

Coach Vasudevan is an International Rated Player, International Arbiter, online chess coach, editor of the web sites Chathurangam & ChessGurukul in the past, currently a monthly columnist with India’s premier chess magazine Chess Mate. He was the first Indian to play in the Chess 960 world championships at Mainz, Germany in 2003. Acted as Press Officer at the World Junior Chess Championships 2011 and in several other international tournaments in India over the last decade. Vasudevan has done live Internet commentary and coverage of International chess events and Super GM tournaments, including the knock-out FIDE World Chess Championship New Delhi/Tehran 2000, Sparkassen Dortmund Chess Meeting, Chess Classic Mainz, Biel Chess Festival, Chennai Open, Parsvnath Open, Commonwealth, Asian Team and Asian Junior Chess Championships. Has been a contributor to ChessBase for many International chess tournaments from India. Presently resides in Chennai, with his wife Priya and daughter Srinidhi.

Rajagopalan

Rating: FIDE 1672

Coach Rajagopalan grew up in the Mecca of Indian chess – Chennai and nurtured his early years of chess at the famed Tal Chess Club, where World Champion GM Vishy Anand is an alumni. He moved to New Delhi by winter 1990 at the precincts of Judit Polgar and Gata Kamsky visit to India. He has been a part of Delhi chess scene for more than two decades, having played a number of tournaments, and being a regular at the annual Parsvnath Open GM tournament at New Delhi. Caoch Rajagopalan hails from a family of chess players, both his brothers are tournament players.

Sangeetha M.R

Rating: FIDE 2142

Coach Sangeetha is Women FIDE Master (Peak Rating FIDE 2142). She is also a Certified FIDE Instructor (FI). Coach Sangeetha represented India in Asian Junior Girls in 1999 and Asian Women in 2004. She was the Indian Team Coach for Junior Girls in 2009 and for the World Cadet Chess Championship in 2019. She was also playing partner of Grandmaster Adhiban and Grandmaster M.R.Venkatesh. She worked as assistant coach for Under 16 Boys Olympiad Coaching camp.
Coach Sangeetha has 14 years of Coaching experience and coached many students who won Local, State, and International tournaments. Coach Sangeetha has taught in multiple schools for many students.

Sekar

Rating: FIDE 2069

Coach Sekar is an International Rated player with 12 years of Chess Coaching experience and his students include GIREMAN .JA (2187) -NATIONAL 4th in Sub Junior 2012, qualified for World SubJunior Olympiad to be held in China July 2013, RATHANVEL.VS (1998) won Bronze Medal in World Youth Chess Championship U10 Category held in Brazil 2011, VARSHA ,AKSHAYA.N – Bronze Medal in ASIAN SCHOOL U-13 AND U-15, PRIYANKA Silver Medal in Asian Schools U11. Coach Sekar students also include 7 State Champions in various age categories and he has produced more than 40 FIDE rated players. Coach Sekar’s playing experience includes 6th Prize under 2000 FIDE rated and more than 30 district level titles.

Shakhzod Vakhidov

Rating: FIDE 2312

Coach Shakhzod Vakhidov is an International FIDE Master(FM) with rating 2312. He is from a famous chess family with 4 Titled chess players. His father is Grandmaster(GM) Tair Vakhidov, his brother is GM Jakhongir Vakhidov and his younger brother FM Daler Vakhidov. Master Shakhzod has been playing chess for more than 12 years and has 5 years of online teaching experience. He has participated and won several international tournaments. One of his best achievements is becoming Champion in Asian Chess Championship (Blitz). Nowadays, he actively participates in online tournaments and has won several top GrandMasters including elite players like GM Firouzja, GM Andreikin and GM Daniel Naroditsky.
He offers an innovative training program. Coach Shakhzod’s success comes from combining a carefully designed dynamic powerful chess program for different skill levels from beginner to advanced with his extensive experience teaching and playing chess.His students successfully compete in national and international tournaments.

Srinivasa Rangan

Rating: FIDE 2095

Coach Srinivasa Rangan is a FIDE rated chess player (Peak Rating 2095) and FIDE certified Instructor. His Vision is to create as many Chess Champions as possible through his meticulous, dedicated, sincere and attentive coaching.
He has been a head coach for a Chess Academy in India for the last 20 years and has trained many students. Each year he trains more than 500 students in multiple schools. Some of his students have become International Master and GM Elect apart from National and International chess winners. Till date he has trained 10 national and International medal winners apart from 50 + State champions.

Vidya

Rating: FIDE 1570

Coach Vidya is a FIDE rated player of ELO 1570 and playing experience of 12 + years. She is a state certified coach for beginners and working in a reputed school as chess coach for the past 2 years. Her achievements include U – 25 girls hat-trick district champion from year 2014 and Winner of Bharathiyar university inter-collegiate tournament for the year 2011. Coach Vidya is an aspiring teacher for beginner especially little kids. She also secured first rank in the Tamil Nadu State chess Association’s Beginners coach exam in Feb 2016.

Vijay

Rating: FIDE 2070

Coach Vijay has been a Chess Trainer for 24 years and he is also an International Arbiter. His students have represented in many National, and International Chess Tournaments. Coach Vijay concentrates mainly on his students Chess Openings and Middle Games. His Students Achievement’s include R Ganesh – 2017 – Represented country in the Group C of Aeroflot 2012,Moscow. Gold Medallist in Nationals of School Games Federation of India. Aswath & Adarsh – Played in the 2007 , Asian Chess Championship, Tehran and Aarudhra Ganesh – 1746 – Bronze Medallist in Asian Schools Chess Championship, New Delhi , 2012.

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