Our Multi-Talented Team

Instructors, Friends, Family and Clients at our 2nd Annual Holiday Party in December 2019

We have 48 great instructors who teach students of all ages and skill levels in corporate, school, group and private settings. All of them have 3+ years of teaching experience and are rated tournament players. However, one that sets some apart is that they have other great projects/businesses that they are working on, in and outside of the chess world. Just like I support our many partners, it is important to recognize the work that our instructors do outside of teaching for us. Each instructor has different stories as they are in different parts of the country, are in different stages of their career, etc. Here are some of the great initiatives they are working on:

Director of Virtual Program Brian Wilmeth is a programmer. His company is currently working on a Nintendo Switch game called LightBulb and is designing apps for Preschool University.  It is also currently upgrading Sound Beginnings and Partners In Rhyme on the apple App Store. Previously, Brian has updated my father Keith Rabin’s foreign investor relations company KWRINTL’s site.

 Director of School Programs Phil Rosenberg has had his own Radio Show and currently operates his Youtube channel unphiltered with Phil Rosenberg. See my guest appearance on his Youtube channel about chess during the COVID-19 pandemic here:

Our recent podcast guest Jerald Times, University of Texas at Dallas’ Chess Educator of the Year and Jeopardy champion and game show host National Expert Jonathan Corbblah has also made an appearances:

Grandmaster Mark Paragua, who teaches our most advanced students,  is the leader of the Camarines in the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines and is the co-founder of NY Chess Academy.

Candidate Master Danilo Cuellar, who currently teaches our Adult Beginner class and a lot of private lessons, virtually and in-person in Rockland County and New Jersey, has his own Youtube channel Danilovich chess.

Westchester Instructor Nathan Resika is a semi-professional opera singer. I once with my grandmother Roberta and uncle Adam to hear him perform  in La Traviata. He sings the National Anthem and other songs at many of the over the board tournaments he plays, including the Amateur Team East; I look forward to hearing him again at a tournament one day; I am optimistic they will happen! Continental Chess Association did announce the World Open, Chicago Open and other events will happen over the board this year, and the U.S Open is slated to take place in New Jersey in August.

New York Instructor Gary Ryan has a Masters in Theology from Harvard University and does K-12 tutoring of all traditional subjects and religion, virtually and in-person.

Manhattan Instructor Jason Ciano is a professional bridge player and teaches quantitative reasoning, teamwork, confidence and more through the game.

Nashville, TN Instructor Alan Kantor has a medical billing company.

Brownsville, TX Instructor Ray Martinez is the founder of the nightly Talk Show Central RGV Style.

New Jersey Instructor Sean Finn is the manager of the Garden State Passers, which was been doing great commentary on major events, including the Amateur Team East.  He helped me prepare for my Amateur Team South and Amateur Team North commentaries.

What projects do your staff do outside of work?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan Rabin Introduces The First All-Ivy League Chess Invitational

By Marty Katz, Founder of Connectors 360 

Evan Rabin, is a passionate exponent of chess and the Founder of Premier Chess, an organization that teaches chess to families and employees.

He was looking to demonstrate the fun of playing the game. He was convinced that chess is a great way for people to use their intellectual and creative juices particularly during the pandemic when so many people are constrained to their homes.

Marty Katz, a brand messaging consultant, Founder of Connectors 360, and member of the Columbia University Club of New York,  had an idea.

What if Evan could create the first All-Ivy League Chess Invitational Tournament?

This online chess tournament would include many non-Ivy League schools and would reach the large community of both players and non-players in the metro area. It would be open to anyone interested in chess.

The Columbia Club supported this idea and is now setting up on-going tournament play.  Evan will be joined by other chess masters who will lead the teaching and playing portions of the event.

The All-Ivy Chess Invitational has been embraced by both experienced and novice players as well as observers of all ages. See footage of the event here.

 

 

 

Queen’s Gambit Mania Swag

By Jac Zagoory, Founder of Jac Zagoory Designs 

It is fascinating how a miniseries can change culture and influence the markets of the world. The Queens Gambit has turned the average home body into a chess master wannabe. Now, everyone is on alert to what the Chess community has known all along—Chess is engaging, challenging and fun!

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Amateur Team North Official Stream Wrap-Up

By National Master Evan Rabin  

Thank you to Chess Weekend Founder Glenn Panner 
for inviting me to be the official streamer for the 2021 United States Amateur Team North. While exhausting, it was a lot of fun providing live commentary from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM Central Standard Time each day, February 20 and February 21. See all the footage on our Twitch stream.  

Thank you to the 20 amazing guests who joined our stream: 

Grandmaster Susan Polgar, Webster University Chess Coach

Women’s International Master Alexey Root

Women’s FIDE Master Laura Ross

Phil Rosenberg, Director of Premier Chess School Programs

(Phil is the founder of unphiltered with Phil Rosenberg). 

Brian Wilmeth, Premier Chess Director of Virtual Programs

Brian and I providing commentary during the exciting Stearman-Yu game, which helped determine the tournament winner.
National Master Todd Bryant

National Master Alan Kantor

Shelby Lohrman, Director of American Chess Equipment

Jacob Fortuna

National Expert Leo Solal

Michael Deutsch, Founder of Hands on Hoops Skills

Jonney Machtig, Los Angeles Instructor and Founder of Reti Chess Club

 

Elena Kamp, Founder of Reflexion Dance 

Candidate Master Danilo Cuellar, Rockland County Instructor and Founder of Danilovich Chess 

Ray Martinez, Founder of Brownsville Royal Knights

Gary Warmerdam

 

Lara Hocheiser, Founder of Flow and Grow Kids Yoga

National Expert John Hendrick, Founder of Foundation Chess

National Expert Eve Litvak, J.D Candidate at Seton Hall School of Law

National Expert Abel Talamantez, Director of Chess at Mechanics Institute

 

Joshua Margolis, Founder of Mind Over Matter Fitness

Kyle Adam, On The Mend Fitness

 Nilcee Schneider, Founder of Reiki & Meditation with Nilcee

Here are some highlights of stream: 

Roundtable with Grandmaster Susan Polgar
Full house with Dean of Scholastic Chess Dewain Barber, Guests from East Coast, West Coast and Central
Tribute to Susan Kantor

I am looking forward to being the official streamer for the United States Amateur Team South this upcoming weekend, 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM EST. Consider registering today and make sure to check out our Twitch Stream; the first 15 people that follow us  and email me their address during stream will win complimentary magnetic chess sets.

The Ins and Outs of Running Virtual Camps

By CEO National Master Evan Rabin

When Premier Chess incorporated in September 2017, we had some quick success as within the first two of the business ( I started prospecting and getting school programs in July 2017), we had 10 instructors and 14 school programs. The problem we faced though was that they were in many different geographic areas and we could not easily run tournaments and camps when school was not in session. For instance, we had Lucca Castrucci teaching at Our Lady of Pompeii in Manhattan, Jehron Bryant teaching at Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, New York and Curt Brock teaching at Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston, Maine. This start to our company was of course very different from today’s virtual age during Corona when geography is irrelevant. COVID-19 has allowed us to get 500+ students all around the nation  and beyond to join our camps and virtual classes. One student in our Youth Advanced class joins each week from Melbourne, Australia!

When we did our first virtual camp this past summer, we definitely had some challenges. Nothing could replace an in-person camp with over-the-board chess and lots of banter. That is why our Director of Virtual Programs Brian Wilmeth, other instructors and I have made every effort we could do to make our camps as much as possible like in-person ones. We strongly encourage students to keep their cameras on so we can see them at all times.

In the beginning, we faced some simple logistical questions. We wanted to pair students on Lichess.org but it took a while. Then Brian Wilmeth thought of the simple solution of playing tournaments on Lichess.org as the platform automatically pair students.

We also have lots of students playing in online tournaments as I do myself. These were the results of a Chess in the Schools tournament I won last Saturday. I will be streaming their Bronx Chess Day tournament this Saturday at 10:00 AM EST. Over the last few months, Twitch has been a great way to build community and get kids into our camp, including a  young streamer Neil himself.

When there were multiple instructors, we would at first assign each one into a separate breakout room and a students would would either join late or get disconnected and try to re-enter would not be able to as there was no staff in main room. We then made sure one instructor would teach out of main room.

Since quarantine, I have often found myself having headaches in the evenings. In the beginning, I would not know why that was but it soon after became obvious to me. I was no longer wandering around the city, walking a lot between meetings and getting lots of fresh air. Instead many days from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, I would find myself on the computer almost day in between Zoom meetings, classes, social media, etc. That is why during camps, we have stretch and exercise breaks to ensure all the kids keep their energy flowing.  We have had the privilege of having our podcast guests Michael Deutsch, CEO of Hands on Hoops, Lara Hocheiser, CEO of Flow and Grow Kids Yoga and Joshua Margolis, CEO of Mind over Matter Fitness lead some of these breaks.

 

 

While there is no doubt that we look forward to running in-person camps and tournaments again one day soon, we will likely continue to run virtual group classes indefinitely. We have developed a strong international community of players of all ages and skill levels that enjoy our group classes that would definitely like to stay together. Consider registering today for our Mid-Winter Break Camp, February 15-19  and/or our Spring Break Camp, March 21-April 1. One could also still register for our winter semester of virtual classes with a pro-rated rate.

Chess is An Art of Titans

By Dmitriy Belyavskiy 

Chess is a wonderful, exciting and intellectual game, which has been around for almost 1,500 years, played around the world by different ages from schoolboys and schoolgirls to scientists, artists, and even “played” by politicians and world dictators.

History of chess does not keep the exact record where precisely this wonderful and intellectual game originated at first. Chess historians haven’t found any written proof yet that chess existed before the 7th century CE. However, some believe chess originated in India in about the 6th century CE and is said to have been the creation of an Indian philosopher who set out to invent a game symbolizing a battle between two Indian armies. He called his game chaturanga, which means army game. War was the chief means by which territory was annexed or rulers defeated in ancient India, so the newly developed game was very relevant.

There is no evidence as to when chess actually reached Europe, so historians put the date between 700 and 900, and the first contemporary evidence of the knowledge dates back to the year 1010 when the Count of Urgell left his rock-crystal chessmen to the Convent of St. Giles at Nimes (France). The early medieval times were the years of the Crusades and the church dominance and the looming 1215 Magna Carta, and because of these pious and liturgical times one of the chess pieces was called a “bishop.” The name of this piece, which moves diagonally, is still preserved.

Vikings brought chess to northwestern Europe, eventually spreading over the entire European continent. Just when you thought that Columbus discovered America, half a millennium before that, a Viking, Eriksson did a “discovered check”-one of the types of a check in chess-sailing by or even possibly setting foot in the New World. Vikings were brave, intelligent and explorative warriors constantly fighting wars and conquering new territories, and the chess game was the perfect imitation of their lives.

Both the rules of the game and the names and shapes of the pieces have changed over time. Still, we can find some resemblance, e.g. a piece that looks like a tower or castle called a Rook, and used to be called a castle about 500 years ago…And still, we have a special move called castling when a Rook and the King are switching places and this is the only time when a player can move two pieces at once. Nonetheless, by 1290 the differences had become so great that it was necessary to draw up a set of rules to govern play when players from different countries met. About 1500(!) innovations started to reappear, and it was not until 1900 that uniform rules were adopted throughout Europe. Today FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Echecs, World Chess Federation), founded in 1924, unites more than 150 countries.

The game was at one time the pastime of the nobility, but it gradually spread to the lower classes. It was played a lot in ghettos, and by the 16th century, it had become a recognized pastime for Jews on the Sabbath and other festivals. Jewish people throughout the millenniums have greatly appreciated and cherished intelligence and education, and chess was always to represent that. There is still an inside joke amongst the Jewish people, that every Jewish “kindale” (means a child in Yiddish) is an Albert Einstein and either has to be a violinist or a chess player, preferably both.

Knowledge of chess became an essential part of the equipment of the troubadour and traveling minstrel. This was during the Shakespearian and Cervantes times when manners, courting, and chivalry still existed. Imagine, instead of saying, “Hey babe, you wanna go out” you would say something like, “excuse me, my fair lady, would you care for a game of chess?” How sexy and orgasmic this is!

Eventually, chess became the game of intellectuals, as the first chess books were written and published, for instance by a great 18th-century chess player and theoretician, Philidor, who was also a prominent composer. Philidor considered both chess and music as art, and famously said, “The pawns are the soul of chess.”

Prominent chess players had been gathering in cafes in two major cities, Paris and London, which were considered the chess capitals of the world, and finally the very first international chess tournament was played in London in 1851. This was soon followed by the first chess world championship match when Wilhelm Steinitz defeated Johannesburg Zukertot in 1886, becoming the very first chess world champion.

By the late 19th century and early 20th-century chess became very popular around the world, thanks to the prominent grandmasters and the champions. They showed how intellectual the chess is, and its benefits to the brain. A good example, which illustrates just that, is chess and science. Many prominent musicians, chemists, physicists, naturalists, and indeed philosophers not only spend much of their spare time playing chess but also were fabulous and very strong chess players. A famous Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev was a strong chess player of the first category.

At the same time many chess champions and professional chess players (grandmasters) earned a doctoral degree. Emmanuel Lasker (1868-1941), the second world champion had a doctoral degree in math, Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946), the fourth world champion had a Ph.D. in law, Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995), the sixth world champion obtained his doctorate in math and cybernetics, and in 1949 he published a major work on electrical engineering called Regulation of Excitation and Static Stability of the Synchronic Machine. Garry Kasparov (1963- ), the 13th world champion was born on April 13th, lived in a building number 13, got admitted into a university on June 13th, and finally became the 13thworld champion. How about that for a superstition! Richard Reti (1889-1929) a famous Austro-Hungarian/Czechoslovakian (now the Czech Republic) grandmaster and a chess theoretician also studied math (obtaining later Ph.D.) and physics at Vienna University. He also set a blindfold simultaneous record by playing 29 games simultaneously in 1925 of which he won 20, drew 7 and lost 2. After he finished, the grandmaster left the building and forgot his briefcase. The grandmaster was chased down the street by one of the event organizers, telling him, “Doctor, you forgot your briefcase, here it is.” Reti at first became embarrassed and then exclaimed, “Thank you very much! Forgive me; I have such a bad memory!”

Most grandmasters were highly educated people, scholars, and also absent-minded geniuses, yet with a great sense of humor. While playing in the New York 1924 chess tournament, an Austrian grandmaster and one of the wittiest, Savielly Tartakower, visited the Bronx Zoo. There he became friends with a local orangutan, Susan, and the very next day dedicated the opening to his new friend, dubbing it as the “Orangutan Opening.”

One of the greatest chess players ever, a Polish grandmaster, Akiba Rubinstein, who sadly never became the world champion, once played in a tournament and was extremely preoccupied with the upcoming game. He left his hotel room thinking about the game, went to a local restaurant, ordered a three-course dinner, ate it, paid the bill, and left the restaurant, still thinking about the upcoming game. Then he took a walk around a lake still thinking about the upcoming game. After that, he came back to the very same restaurant, ordered the very same three-course dinner, ate it to complete astonishment of a waiter, paid for it, and left the restaurant, absolutely oblivious that he did exactly the same thing 30 minutes ago, still thinking about the game.

Regrettably, for the first half of the 20th century most chess players struggled financially unless they were born into a wealthy family. Chess was financially unappreciated, and the better part of chess players was forced to play exhibition games, simultaneous display games to entertain the crown in order to make the ends meet. A very few were lucky in finding Maecenas, i.e. generous patrons of art, including chess, who would fund their living expenses, tournaments, and even matches for the chess crown. Before 1948 a challenger for the chess crown must have provided with a $10,000 prize money, while the chess champion had a luxury not just go for the prize money but to pick and choose whether he wants a convenient opponent or just go for a real challenge. $10,000 was a lot of money back then.

Dawid Janowski, a Polish/French grandmaster, and once a challenger for the chess crown in 1910 had had a Maecenas for a long time. Janowski had a very ill-temper, and also was an inveterate gambler. Once, after winning a tournament in Monte Carlo in 1901, he lost all the prize money-a few thousand dollars-he just won in a casino at the roulette wheel. Janowski due to his bad temper managed to fall out with his Maecenas when the latter asked the grandmaster for a game of the chess and the former replied that he doesn’t play with tailor’s dummies. Dawid Janowski died in poverty from tuberculosis in 1927. Many prominent and famous chess players of the first half of the 20th century shared this very ill fate, dying in poverty as paupers or dying in mental asylums and/or suffering from schizophrenia, including the American master, the greatest chess master of his era, Paul Morphy, as well as Akiba Rubenstein and the first world champion Wilhelm Steinitz. It was not until the 1950s when the Chess Federation established international chess rules and laws, including the format for the qualifying matches, and the match for the chess crown. Still, financially chess was greatly unappreciated. As of today, compared to other sports and arts, chess players make such a minuscule amount from $20,000 to $100,000 a year, and sometimes even less, in addition to paying their own expenses and accommodation fees. The match for the chess crown only has a fund of only $2.5-3 million divided between the winner and the loser in the ratio of 60 to 40.

After the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War chess became a very powerful political and ideological weapon between the USA and the evil Russia/USSR. It seemed like Russia had hegemony over chess since the end of WWII, spending a fortune on it, paying a fortune to the soviet champions. In the Soviet Union, this manifested in receiving a 5-room apartment in an elite neighborhood, a car, a dacha (a country cottage), an ability to attain good food, and also availability to travel abroad and buy Western products.

It was only until a young prodigy Robert Fisher stormed and climbed at the very top of the “Chess Olympus.”

Not only was he was defeating and eliminating his opponents, but he was also simply humiliating them. Finally, at the peak of his form in 1972, Fisher defeated Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland and became the 11th world champion. This was an extremely heavy blow for the soviets especially when the blow came from the Americans. So they threw all their dark forces, evil, and conspiracy to return the chess crown back to the “evil empire.” To make a long story short, the late Bobby Fisher was stripped from the chess title and a new soviet chess player, a very mediocre and talentless, Anatoly Karpov was crowned as a new champion…Viktor Korchnoi, a soviet Jew grandmaster and Soviet Champion in 1960, 1962 and 1964 was persecuted a lot for being Jewish and for refusal to help Karpov defeating Bobby Fisher. Korchnoi secretly fled to Switzerland, becoming a dissident, and played Karpov twice in 1978 and 1981 becoming the challenger for the World Championship, but lost twice because he was pressured and blackmailed by the Soviet authorities since he still had his family in the USSR…

Nowadays, chess is still greatly marginalized and unappreciated both intellectually and financially. The 13th world champion Gary Kasparov, just like Bobby Fisher grieved and lamented that chess isn’t paid much, let alone that compared to other sports it is very minuscule. Kasparov argued that boxers, who entertain the crowd by throwing punches are paid 20-30 million dollars, and the chess players, who use their brain cells, and the grey matter for 5-6 hours, merely are paid anything. Kasparov tried to sign a contract with General Motors to boost chess popularity.  However, with no avail; after the contract had expired, GM refused to extend it. Sadly, many chess players nowadays, choose something else, terminating their chess careers, because chess won’t provide and put food on the table. As a very young man in 1999 at the Chess World Championship in Las Vegas, I had an opportunity to talk to Valery Salov, who was once ranked the third best chess player in the world, in the mid-90s. He told me that he was going to retire from chess because it didn’t provide for his family as he was struggling financially. He added that realistically only 10 best players in the world can survive playing chess professionally

So, what is chess? Is it an art, sport, a great tool for education and improvement of one’s counting abilities, or merely a game that played and enjoyed by millions? The answer might not be an orthodox one, however, should not be a shocking either. Chess is everything! Most important chess is an art, as the fourth chess world champion Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) once noticed. Indeed chess is an art of titans, which helps to develop memory, mathematical and analytical skills, sense of responsibility, perseverance, and improves problem-solving, critical thinking, scientific method, and approach.

Chess is an amazing game and sport of beauty, art, and intelligence. Whether one is playing blindfolded, solving chess problems, showing great endurance by playing a 6-hour chess game in a chess tournament or simply playing a pastime easy game with a friend, he or she is exercising and improving memory, math, calculation, analytical skills, and most important critical thinking. So perhaps next time when parents watch their children playing video games, watching Star Wars or something like that, or even playing outside with a baseball, football or basketball, maybe they should consider chess. It won’t hurt!

 

“Carpe Diem” — Press Opportunities Abound for Chess Pros Following the Popularity of “The Queen’s Gambit”

Now is the Time to Increase Brand Awareness for your Chess-Related Business with Public Relations Outreach

By Andrea Pass

According to Netflix, The Queen’s Gambit is its most-watched limited series with 62 million accounts watching within the first 28 days of release. The show is based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name about a female orphaned chess prodigy who battles addictions to pills and alcohol while beating male grandmaster after male grandmaster.

From the public relations standpoint of “The Queen’s Gambit,” a whole new audience of chess players has emerged as a result of the show. Chess.com estimates adding 12.2 million new members since the start of the pandemic and the show’s debut. This means an opportunity for businesses in the chess category to seize the day and become part of media coverage of the resurgence and, for some, newfound appreciation for the game.

Working with a professional public relations professional can certainly lead to increased media coverage in print, broadcast and online press. Ongoing earned media placements translate to growing brand awareness, staying relevant and, ultimately, driving sales. Each interview provides opportunities to secure new business, new clients, and new chess players.

Today, consumers absorb an estimated 11 hours per day of content. It is time for chess businesses and chess pros to secure more of that content by participating in interviews. Check out National Master Evan Rabin’s quote in FIDE Master Dylan Mclain’s recent New York Times article

Features, for example on podcasts, reach targeted audiences and wider ranging listeners who might be ready to take the leap to learn chess.

Every press outreach can mean a new relationship for a business.

Media highlights are oftentimes evergreen. They can be shared on social media now and again and again in the coming months and years. This means that public relations secured content becomes part of a business’ marketing arsenal for quite some time to come.

Where to start? Begin by speaking with an experienced public relations professional. That expert will know exactly where to kick off and which media to engage with to book appropriate coverage. Media training is key as is developing targeted message points. Remember that interviews provide editorial information. But, the ultimate goal, is to drive sales.

The worldwide shift and cultural phenomenon of chess due to “The Queen’s Gambit” is opening doors for those in the business of chess to grow.

Carpe diem!

Andrea Pass is the Founder and CEO of Andrea Pass Public Relations. To learn more about her, see her appearance on our podcast

14 Virtual Winter Classes for All Ages Skill Levels, Unrated-Master, Starting January 4

Classes will be taught by Premier Chess CEO National Master Evan Rabin, Grandmaster Mark Paragua, our Director of Virtual Programs Expert Brian Wilmeth and other experienced instructors.

-All Classes will be held on Zoom and feature and incorporate live lecturespractice games and puzzles.

We have 9 youth options, 4 adult options and 1 senior option for group classes.

-We will have an 8-1 student-teacher ratio for all classes.

-Weekend options are available.

-Discounts available for signing up for multiple classes.

For live commentary and tidbits from previous classes, see twitch.tv/premierchess.

***Use PROMO CODE “gratitude” by end of week for 10% off group classes.

Also coming up is our Virtual Winter Break Camp, December 21-January 1

 Questions: Reach out to Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess at evan@premierchess.com or (917) 776-1306.

Our Streamer Network

By Premier Chess CEO National Master Evan Rabin

The above screenshot is from a late-night Lichess.org simul stream that I did last night.

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura single handedly brought chess on the Twitch map with his stream; he frequently has 10,000+ concurrent viewers.

Since then, I have been inspired to stream more and more, where I frequently do lessons and live commentary on simuls and tournaments. On Saturday, December 19th at 10:00 AM; I will be streaming Chess in the Schools Online Brooklyn Chess Day tournament. See CIS CEO Debbie Eastburn on this recent podcast episode.

Twitch has been a great way to build community and garner interest for our virtual group classes and camp

Here are our few favorite streamers that we cross-promote with and frequently raid:

Chess Coach John 

Our podcast guest John Hendrick, Founder of Foundation Chess, frequently streams slow games with analysis, most often during the day.

Fortuna Chess Coach 

I never met Jacob Fortuna in person but we have been good friends through each other’s streams. A few weeks ago we did a joint stream, where we shared each other’s videos to analysis one each of our respective accounts. By day he is a programmer but most evenings, he will stream tournaments, simuls, games against viewers and much more.

Mad Quick Chess

National Master Andrew Koenigsberg is a great player and commentator; learn more about him on this podcast episode. He frequently streams bullet, blitz and poker.

BK Chess


Started by Brooklyn Tech H.S. and Edward R. Murrow H.S. seniors Jacob Kulik and Marcus Sutton, bkchess brings students together by playing, commentating, and interacting with chat! All of their proceeds go to Chess in the Schools.

Chess Dojo Live 

ChessDojo is a hub for chess players, improvers, and coaches, run by International Master Kostya Kavutskiy. It has lots of educational content.

While many of us are still in varying degrees of quarantine, Twitch is a great way for us to stay connected. I have also found some great music channels on there, some of which are nice to listen to in the background, while I work. If anyone would like to start but needs assistance, feel free to email me.

What The Queen’s Gambit Can Teach Us About Preparing For the Future.

By New York Life

Everybody’s talking about the personality traits of Beth Harmon, the lead character in the latest Netflix blockbuster The Queen’s Gambit. But her strategic approach also offers plenty of lessons for financial strategies and achieving your life goals.

As the number-one ranked Netflix series at the end of October, The Queen’s Gambit has fast become the latest must-watch mini-series.

The show is a tale of a girl who rises from discovering the game of chess in an orphanage basement to the pinnacle of the chess world – and has got people talking about everything from fashion, to addiction and relationships.

However, the series – and chess in particular – also offers some valuable lessons for life and financial preparations:

Look at the big picture

The best chess players don’t just look at the next move – they anticipate the next few moves and plan their responses accordingly. Taking this approach to your life goals can help ensure you make the right investments, better anticipate how much you need to put aside for the future and understand what sort of life insurance you might need if anything was to happen to you. New York Life offers  tools to help you reach your overarching goals.

The first move is crucial

The Queen’s Gambit takes its name from one of the oldest and best-known opening moves in chess. And, like a game of chess, making the right financial moves early on can  set you up for success. Starting early and making informed decisions can really benefit you later. What’s more, it’s never too late to start making that first move.

Make the most of your position

Chess is all about strategies and game-play – including staying focused when you’re on top. As you achieve individual life goals, make sure you continue to look ahead to the next ones and maximize the opportunities in front of you. You may want to think about wealth management, for example.

Review and react to new moves

Of course, chess – and life – doesn’t always go to plan or stick to the course you were expecting. So make sure you review your  plans along the way, especially at different life stages. For example, if you decide to buy a property, have children or change careers, it’s important to review your financial strategies – so meet with your financial professional or advisor on a regular basis to discuss your situation.

It is for everyone – no matter your status or situation

While Anya Taylor-Joy’s lead character in The Queen’s Gambit certainly had many challenges in her life, she didn’t let them stop her from seeing the big picture and chasing her dreams. Financial preparation  is just the same. Whatever your life stage, however far away some of your dreams may feel and whatever your immediate focus, looking ahead to the future and making a financial strategy can help you get where you want to be in the longer term.

While The Queen’s Gambit is a work of fiction, and lead character Beth Harmon’s focus is clearly on issues other than her financial future, there’s plenty the show can teach us in our approach to future planning.

Starting now, with a focus on the long term, could help you beat the clock in securing the finances you need for your future dreams – and ensure you don’t end up in a financial check-mate. Take a look at some of our tools and resources to get you started.

Editor’s Note: Thank You to New York Life registered agent Veronique Verscheure for informing us of this article, which originally appeared on New York Life’s website here.