COACHING CO-ORDINATOR

Chris Russell

COACHING CO-ORDINATOR

Chris Russell

Chris is licensed as a FIDE Instructor and by the English Chess Federation at Level 3 of their Registered Coaches Scheme. He has held a peak FIDE rating of 2207 and ECF rating of 2335. Chris enjoyed many competitive successes as a junior, most notably winning the British Under 16 Championships.

Chris spent five years as a secondary school maths teacher in Bristol where he also completed his MSc in Education. Since returning to London in 2017 he has taught chess in schools, at Chess Rising Stars camps, Adult Improvers online classes, and the Chelsea Chess Club.

As the lead coach of our Elite Chess Club, Chris has supported the development of the strongest junior players at Chess Rising Stars. His students’ accomplishments include competing in both the European Youth Individual and Team Championships. Elite Club members have reached the Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, achieved gold at the EJCOA National Youth Finals and won medals at the LJCC Finals.