Donovan Rush

Donovan R.

Chicago, IL

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Donovan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 6 to 21

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First introduced to the game of chess as a child, I quickly developed a deep appreciation and advanced skill. While tutoring and mentoring youth in Newport News, Virginia, during my collegiate study, I witnessed the instantaneous attraction and powerful impact the game of chess had on children and youth of all ages. What became immediately clear and rewarding, as a coach, were the abundant opportunities for critical thinking exercise and the opportunities for challenging deep thought around the immediate impact of choices.

After graduating from Hampton University in 2014, I applied my analytical skills while in the corporate sector, and later developed and facilitated college preparatory programs while working for a non-profit origination. My deep appreciation for the game and my passion for encouraging critical thinking among youth, lead me back to my love of delivering chess instruction and mentoring throughout the Chicagoland area.

I began offering group and private sessions with a double-pronged approach. While his lessons aim to share the foundation and challenging practice opportunity for the game itself, I also utilize the game as a mentoring tool. I encourage participants to explore the correlation of the principals which drive the game that are analogous to the cause and effect of life choices and the causal factors impacting various success moves or challenging moves and the outcomes in the game.

I hold a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, and is a certified Local Chess Coach from the US Chess Federation.

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Local Chess Coach
Mar 2018 - Present
KOS Chess

•Teaching the youth the basics of chess.
•Educate youth on the benefits of chess and life skills that can be developed through the game.
•Getting youth to the level to participate competitively in chess tournaments.

Talent Search Advisor
Mar 2017 - Present
Introspect Youth Services, Inc.

•Provides advisement, counseling and guidance to clients.
•Assist clients with post-secondary admissions process.
•Accomplish annual performance goals established for program.
•Maintain a good working and professional relationship with both secondary and post-secondary academic and vocational-technical training personnel.

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21st Century Tutor/STEM Academy Ambassador
Nov 2013 - Aug 2014
Newport News Public Schools

•Tutored 20 sixth grade students in mathematics; facilitated learning activities to enhance learning skills.
•Provided assistance with daily Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) activities and the end of the summer community event coordinated by staff.
•Served as a role model for all 90 students within the STEM academy.

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Bachelors degree in Business Administration
Sep 2009 - May 2014
Hampton University


Local Chess Coach I
Aug 2016
United States Chess Federation


United States Chess Federation
Aug 2016

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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This is an example of an opening (English) that we will be reviewing.  We will also be reviewing defenses to this opening.

A chess strategy in the opening phase is control of the board's center squares.


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