Daniel Leach

Daniel L.

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

Teaching since:
November 2016

Hi, I'm a 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. Please contact me via email (danielfrielleach@gmail.com) if you'd like to schedule a lesson. My rate is $40/hr, but I offer several discounts.

I started playing competitive chess when I was 11 and am now a USCF Candidate Master (CM), with a USCF rating of 2085 and a FIDE rating of 2150. Growing up, I competed in the Massachusetts State Scholastic Chess Championship three times and was featured in Chess Life. 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. I hope to channel my experience towards making you a better player!

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Chess Coach
Feb 2017 - Present
Chess Girls DC

Chess Coach
Dec 2016 - Present
Chess Challenge in DC


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


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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Taken from my game against NM Chris Williams. It's Black to move, how can Black take advantage of the pinned White Bishop on c4?


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