Mathew Martello

Mathew M.

Norristown, PA
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Mathew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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I have been coaching chess for 2-3 years. I am the founder of Martello Chess Academy. I have been passionately studying the game of chess for 13 years. I am currently a 1939 USCF player (Class A player). My highest rating was 1983. But I am committed to go to 2200+ USCF player (National Master player). I have won several chess tournaments as well.

I am currently coaching 7 students to go above and beyond their expectations. If you hire me as your coach, I will take you above and beyond your expectations in the game of chess. My coaching style is hands on, which means that I provide move by move feedback. My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouragement and meticulous game review. My one student that I have been coaching for 2 years went from never playing chess to a 1350 USCF chess rating.

I graduated from Kutztown University of PA in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecular/Micro/Cell with two Minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I have such a passion for math, science, and chess. And I try to live with that passion everyday and show that passion to people everyday.

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Private Chess Coach
Jan 2015 - Present
Martello Chess Academy

• Improve the analytical thinking of the students
• Improve the strategy on how to attack complex problems
• Improve the students’ grades with their math and science classes
• Improve the students’ chess game
• Hosting Chess Camps

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Biology: Molecular/Micro/Cell
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Kutztown University of PA


1st Category: Class A Chess Player (1800-1999 USCF Rating)
Nov 2015
United States Chess Federation

I achieved 1st Category: Class A Chess Player by getting above a 1800 USCF Rating.

2nd Category: Class B Chess Player (1600-1799 USCF Rating)
Mar 2014
United States Chess Federation

I achieved 2nd Category: Class B Chess Player by getting above a 1600 USCF Rating.

3rd Category: Class C Chess Player (1400-1599 USCF Rating)
May 2013
United States Chess Federation

I achieved 3rd Category: Class C Chess Player by getting above a 1400 USCF Rating.

4th Category: Class D Chess Player (1200-1399 USCF Rating)
May 2013
United States Chess Federation

I achieved 4th Category: Class D Chess Player by getting above a 1200 USCF Rating.


2015 National Chess Congress U2000 Section: 4th Place
Nov 2015
Continental Chess Association
2015 Greater Philadelphia Chess League: 2nd Place Team
May 2015
Masterminds Chess Club
2013 National Chess Congress U1800 Section: 1st Place
Nov 2013
Continental Chess Association
2013 Philadelphia Open U1600 Section: 4th Place
Apr 2013
Continental Chess Association
2013 Liberty Bell Open U1500 Section: 1st Place
Jan 2013
Continental Chess Association
2012 Delaware State Championship U1600 Section: 2nd Place
Dec 2012
Delaware Chess Association


Phi Sigma Pi
May 2010

Phi Sigma Pi is an Honor Fraternity for students in four-year collegiate institutions and Phi Sigma Pi Alumni, founded upon a basis of superior scholarship with the avowed purpose of advancing academic, professional and social ideals. Phi Sigma Pi exists to meet the needs of close fellowship among students of like ideals who are interested in the same end.

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United States Chess Federation
Jan 2007

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

Checkmating With Rook and King
The Rules of the King in the Game of Chess
Review of 2016 Chess World Championship of Carlsen vs. Karjakin
My Draw vs GM Bryan Smith
Advance Checkmate: Bishop-Knight Checkmate
Meet champion chess coach, Matt Martello...

4 Reviews

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Alex Jun 28, 2017
Chess · In studio

Tough opponent clearly told me my mistakes and how to correct them. Taught my some tactics traps and openings

Michael Jun 28, 2017
Chess · In home

Matt was very helpful, and continues to be, in my improvement as a chess player. His balanced approach, his patient humble approach, has taught me some restraint from rushing to be flashy or trying to be too complicated. He exemplifies fundamentals, patience, and big picture playing his teaching and his chess play. He has really helped me improve.

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Ron Jun 25, 2017
Chess · In studio

I engaged Matt's service and knowledge to improve my game. I wanted to be able to compete and hold my own against players in the 1600 to 1900 range. Matt instilled in me that you have to have a mental toughness and you have to concentrate on every move if you want to play at a higher level. My game has stepped up. Recently I played a 2300 rated player...and though I lost a tough game, my opponent complimented me saying " you are good but you made a mid-game that cost you." I think with Matt's help I will avoid these mistakes in the future and my game will get even better.

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Patrick Jun 23, 2017
Chess · In studio

Matt’s coaching has helped me improve my mid and end game play tremendously. I had the tendency to make moves that would sabotage my strong board positions and lead to slow, but sure defeats. Much of Matt’s coaching has helped me see how to leverage my pawns and structure my board for better end-game closings.

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