Daniel Leach

Daniel L.

Gainesville, FL

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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
December 2016

Hi, I'm a professional chess tutor and competitor! I teach students of all ages and skill levels and volunteer for the non-profit organizations Chess Challenge in DC and Chess Girls DC. I focus on one-on-one lessons with instruction geared towards preparing my students for competitive play. My rate is $40/hr.

I started playing competitive chess when I was 11 and am now a USCF Candidate Master (CM), rated 2169 USCF and 2154 FIDE. Hopefully, I'll have the US National Master (NM) and FIDE CM title soon as well! Growing up, I competed in the Massachusetts State Scholastic Chess Championship three times and was featured in Chess Life. I was also ranked 37 out of the top 100 players aged 18 in the US in 2010.

As a young adult, I've competed throughout the US, defeating several National Masters (NMs), FIDE Masters (FMs), and achieving a draw with International Master (IM) Martin Neubauer. Currently, I'm ranked 27 out of the 1839 active competitive chess players in the state of Maryland. I hope to channel my experience towards making you a better player!

Try to solve the puzzles posted in the photos section, which are taken from my own tournament games. The circular icon on the lower left-hand corner of each puzzle indicates who's move it is.

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Chess Coach
Feb 2017 - Jul 2017
Chess Girls DC

Chess Coach
Dec 2016 - May 2017
Chess Challenge in DC

Graduate Teaching Research Specialist
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University


Doctor of Medicine
Aug 2017 - Present
University of Florida College of Medicine
Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
Aug 2014 - May 2015
Cornell University
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health, and Society
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Cornell University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
Apr 2016
American Heart Association


Candidate Master
Jul 2010
United States Chess Federation


Nov 2009

FIDE believes that all nations should be included in the international chess community. Our aim is to achieve significant growth in the number of people of all ages participating in chess events at all levels and to develop chess by increasing the level of tournament participation globally.
The objective is twofold, to assist our best chess players to continue to achieve new peaks of excellence and to increase the pool of talent from which new champions will emerge.

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United States Chess Federation
Aug 2004

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is the official, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) US membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters. Our mission is to empower people through chess one move at a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

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Photos & Videos

FM Boris Privman has played e4 against me, advancing in the center. What has he overlooked?

Versus Expert Philip Nutzman. Black is threatening c5, taking advantage of the pins along the d-file and a1-h8 diagonal. Can White escape?

NM Chris Williams played Rhe1 against me to prevent Be6 tactically. How else can Black take advantage of the pinned White Bishop on c4?

Expert James Lung overlooked a tactic when he played Rf5 to encircle my weak e5 pawn. What did he miss?

Taken from my game with NM Frederick Kagan, who had the White pieces. Black is up in material, but can he end the game decisively?

NM Daniel Clancy has sacrificed a piece to generate an attack against my king. How should Black respond?

The 1st critical moment in my game with FM Macon Shibut, who had Black. How should White proceed?

The 2nd critical moment in my game with FM Macon Shibut. White is up a pawn, but what is the most accurate continuation to ensure the win?

FM Steven Greanias has played Ra8 to trade off my active rook. White has an interesting tactical sequence here. Can you find it?
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Davi R. Jun 2, 2017
Chess · In studio

Lots of clues and a passionate teacher.

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