Silas Gossman

Silas G.

Lansdale, PA

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

Teaching since:
January 2010


My name is Silas. I began my passion for chess when I was 6.

For three years, I worked daily with children and teenagers of various ages teaching them the tactics, rules, and theories of chess. This work was done through a well-known chess tutoring company based in the Greater Philadelphia area.
While instructing through this company, I would construct lesson plans adjusted for the lowest level in the class while allowing room to differentiate toward the highest level as well. I found it exciting to come up with new ways to engage children in the game and I always looked forward to the next lesson.

I am willing to teach beginner and intermediate level players. I would not simply teach the game, but also tournament etiquette and sportsmanship. If details of the student's current level of experience and history in the game could be provided prior to scheduling lessons that would be appreciated.

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Chess Instructor
Dec 2010 - Oct 2013
Shining Knights Chess

- I prepared basic and advanced tactics lessons for chess curriculum
- I instructed large and small groups of children K-9 at various schools in the rules, theory, tactics, and etiquette of chess at the tournament level
-I provide other various recreational activities involving and/or related to the game for large and small groups of children in class and day-camp settings

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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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