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Justin teaches



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

Teaching since:

I absolutely love chess. I currently work inside the school district with Elementary schools. I work side by side with 11 schools. I help their chess programs become competitive in the area I live in. I use to work with a High school team before I went into full time chess. This gave me plenty experience working with older and now younger kids. Before I went full time into teaching chess, I worked with a company that took care of people with special needs. This was not just kids I worked with, but also adults. Due to this, I feel I have learned a variety of teaching styles to all walks of life. Whether you are young or old, have special needs or not, I feel I can work with you.

If you are someone who is already an active tournament player, This part is for you. I am comfortable with people who have 100 - 1500 rating. This is normally the range I work with. For anyone who doesn't understand the rating system, 100 is the lowest rating you can have.

I am also a Tournament Director (TD) for US Chess Federation. I am a Level 2 TD and understand the tournament as a player and a director. I feel this helps me better prepare people who want to one day enter tournaments.

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Chess Coach
Oct 2011 - Present
Self Employed

Working with chess programs and teams inside local schools. I teach and help train the kids to play competitive chess.


Computer Engineering
Sep 2011 - Apr 2012
Devry University
General Education
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Prairie State College


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Sign Language
Limited Proficiency


Sep 2011
St. Joseph School

This is a class I had to take with the Catholic Schools. They do a background check, train you on how to spot issue in kids and adults, all for the safety of everyone involved. This class lets me teach chess inside Catholic Schools.


D.C. Chess League 1st place open section
Aug 2013
Arlington Chess Club
Mover and Shaker Award
Dec 2012
South Suburban Chess Club

Photos & Videos

Photo by Justin R.

Photo by Justin R.

A team I took to a tournament. They all won individually and as a team. Hope you don't mind I blotted out their faces. Safety first!

Twin brothers I work with privately. The took 1st and 3rd place at 6 years old!

Playing chess in Chicago on North Shore.

This is a photo of IM Eric Rosen, IM Florin Felecan, GM Mesgan Armanov and I watching GM Dmitri finish his game.
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