"EVERY CHESS MASTER WAS ONCE A BEGINNER." - Irving Chernev

Our Team

"I am a United States Chess Federation (USCF) National Master, with over 15 years of experience teaching Chess in New York. I have had the honor of coaching over 20 National Champions and have lead nearly as many successful teams. I am the former Program Director of Chess in the Schools (CIS). Currently, I Member of the Brooklyn College Pan Am Championship Team and an active Senior Tournament Director. Today, I am a full-time Chess Teacher for Success Academy and STEAMchess." - Coach Alex

Alexander Beltre

 "As a father of 2 college age students who have achieved Chess Master and Chess Expert, I truly know that some days are better than others. As a Chess Teacher, I strive to train students to think in analytical and critical ways to expand their mind. I believe its very important to practice patience's while learning Chess. Additionally, I believe in effective communication with both the parents and student when developing young talent. Together with STEAMchess, we set goals for and with each child to achieve their highest potential within Chess which parlays well into all life endeavors." - Coach Derrick

Derrick Bryant