Daniel Leach
Gainesville, FL
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Daniel Leach

Daniel L.

Gainesville, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My students and I have at least one meeting per week with the goal of preparing them for rated competitions. During this meeting, I will go over tactical themes with the student, challenge him/her with puzzles, go over and discuss Grandmaster games and opening variations, or play training games.

I will also chat with the student and find out what she been doing, what she has been working on, and ask her what problems she has encountered during her training.

About Daniel L.

Hi, I'm a chess tutor and competitor! I teach students of all ages and skill levels and have volunteered 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 $50/hr.

I started playing competitive chess when I was 11 and am now a USCF Candidate Master (CM), rated 2182 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. 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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4 Reviews
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I'm an advanced player, and Daniel is patient and clear in helping me to improve - he's extremely knowledgeable and provides resources and homework so I can prepare for the next lesson

Posted May 11, 2021
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I am new to chess will likely be a happy newbie for ever. I appreciate Daniel’s patience and willingness to explain details, sometimes multiple times, and answer basic questions about terminology, how to navigate chess sites, etc.
He is flexible with his lesson plans and adjusts them to meet the needs of his student.

Posted May 10, 2021
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My 14 year old son had several lessons with Daniel and enjoyed them very much. Daniel is clearly passionate both about chess and teaching. His lessons are always planned in advance and you can request specific topic to be covered. He is very patient, and allows student time to think through moves and strategies. After the lesson, he gives you a 'homework' puzzle to solve, which was reviewed in the following lesson. Definitely recommend!

Posted Apr 11, 2021
Davi R.
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Lots of clues and a passionate teacher.

Posted Jun 2, 2017

Photos & Videos

21 Photos & Videos


Chess Coach
Feb 2017 - Jul 2017

Chess Girls DC

Chess Coach
Dec 2016 - May 2017

Chess Challenge in DC

Postbaccalaureate CRTA Fellow
Aug 2015 - Aug 2016

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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


Connection Facilitator
Sep 2020

NAMI Gainesville

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
May 2019

American Heart Association


HEAA Student Grant Recipient
Nov 2013

Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA)

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.
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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