List of ECF Registered Coaches

The following is a list of coaches registered with the ECF and advertising their private services for chess coaching. The ECF has allocated the coaches to tiers based on our Registered Coaches Scheme. Please note that ECF Registered Chess Coaches are not employees or agents of the ECF, and should not be construed as such based on their appearance on the list. The ECF has reviewed the coaches’ application, including chess knowledge, skill level, and previous experience as part of the registration process. It is up to the employer, or the person or organisation seeking to employ one of these listed coaches, to confirm the coach is suitable for their needs and to perform any checks that in their judgement need to be carried out, including checks on current DBS certificates where relevant. Click on the name of the coach to see more details for each coach. Coaches are arranged by level [1-4]

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Level Two | Level Three | Level Four

LEVEL ONE

Email: richard.a.atkinson@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Course on Teaching Chess in Primary Schools

Email: stevetilbury@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07753961037
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults
Credentials/courses –  British Chess Federation Regional Coaches Course 1985; Chess in Schools coaching course

Email: simonberry144@gmail.com Tel: 07966 412619
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities Training Courses 2017 & 2019

Email: tremendous121@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07888824721
Coaching formats – schools, online, Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Email: rhys.g.edwards@hotmail.com Tel: 07891 979236
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE Developmental Instructor; CSC Training Course; CSC Online Course

Email: john.foley@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC; ECU101; ECU102; ECU103
Publications – Two Pupil Workbooks for CSC; Book on Primary School Chess, Thinking Skills, published 2010 by CSC; ChessPlus YouTube channel

Email: mj4ster@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – attended SJC training sessions as a teaching assistant for 2 years

Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Course; CSC Online Course

Email: cassiegraham@virginmedia.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Publications – videos and training materials at www.leedsjuniorchessclub.co.uk

Email: andrewhon@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children

Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children

Email: rohith.koti222@gmail.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN

Email: jonll58@btinternet.com Tel: 01344 454000
Coaching formats – schools, groups of adults, Special Educational Needs
Credentials/courses – CSC courses

Email: dom.lodge@gmail.com Tel: 07465440299
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Training Course 2021

Email: john_lydon@yahoo.com Tel: 07799 510375
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs
Credentials/courses – in-school training with Chess in Schools and Communities

Email: davidlpedro@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children

Email: 150mpg@gmail.com Tel: 07984519638
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children
Credentials/courses – CSC Introduction with Sean Marsh

Email: brigitta.peszleg@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – ECU101; ECU102; Judit Polgar’s Chess Palace program

Email: dunelm27@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools
Credentials/courses – One day course run by Sean Marsh for CSC; 2 qualifications for NSPCC

Email: ben@benrich.co.uk Tel: 07469 159134
Coaching formats – schools, online

Email: aa.chess@sky.com
Coaching formats – schools, families, individuals
Credentials/courses – Level 2 Arbiter
Publications – The Chess Scene (book)

Email: 4singp81@solent.ac.uk Tel: 07984 171041
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children
Credentials/courses – EDU101 – Beginner Level Chess

Email: mikechesstutor@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools course on introduction to chess coaching

Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Chess Tutor Course (in person); CSC Safeguarding Course (in person); NSPCC Safeguarding (online course); ECU School Chess Teacher course (Dec 2018) with School Chess Teacher Certificate; ECU Chess and Mathematics course

LEVEL TWO

Email: alanagnew_uk@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07434 286893
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Fully qualified teacher status (QTS)

Email: ajaslett@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: joel@bensoftware.com Tel: 07799 143145
Coaching formats – training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: paul.bloom3@ntlworld.com Tel: 07722 065930
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ECF Arbiter

Email: th.bonn@laposte.net
Coaching formats – schools, online
Credentials/courses – Level 5 diploma in Education and Training

Email: lashientax@gmail.com Tel: 07393 580592
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN

Email: kendalchess@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Chess Coaching Course for Teachers; CSC Skills development Course for Chess Tutors; CSC Online Tutor Training

Email: nickjbutland@gmail.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: colchesterjuniorchessclub1@gmail.com
Coaching formats -schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: julian.clissold1946@outlook.com Tel: 07800 731053
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – CSC Tutors Course

Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Arbiter Course in Bradford with David Welch

Email: ken@gemhadar.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: neilcdainty@gmail.com Tel: 07870 141191
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – ECU102 Chess and Mathematics; Classroom training with CSC; Safeguarding with CSC and SHC

Email: ashokmca@gmail.com Tel: 07985175674
Coaching formats – schools, online
Credentials/courses – ECU School Chess Teacher training course (14/15 October 2017)

Email: iodragomir@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07760 113132
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities Course December 2010, Arbiter Level 1

Email: eric.eeeedle@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online

Email: jontrudy@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children

Email: satish@chess-uk.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training adults, children including groups, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE Trainers’ Seminar (FIDE Instructor); European Chess Union’s Courses: 101, 102 (Chess & Maths) & Chess & Logic; CSC Tutor Course; STEPS 1 to 3 Courses

Email: dave@dgchess.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: info@chessville.co.uk Tel: 07407 848434
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – FIDE Trainer’s Course passed last year

Email: chrishankey1964@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children

Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools
Credentials/courses – CSC Course 2012, Birmingham

Email: colin.chess156@gmail.com Tel: 01895 312959
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools & Communities One Day Course 2014

Email: jakehung49@gmail.com Tel: 07557799616
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: attentive.edu@gmail.com Tel: 07453557751
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – ECF Arbiter Level 1

Email: angussjames@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ICCF Correspondence Chess Master; ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert; ECF Accredited Coach; ECF County Master; HM Government Prevent Online Training Course 2021; TutorCare Safeguarding of Children Awareness 2019; CSC Tutor Training Course 2014

Email: ed47jones@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate

Email: meritcleaning@hotmail.com Tel: 07834 267109
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online

Email: nicklondon2222@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC introductory training session; CSC conference 2018, 2019

Tel: 01908 502204
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, SEN
Credentials/courses – CSC Successes and Challenges December 2013

Email: lmessamsparks@yahoo.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online, SEN

Email: checkers@checkers.plus.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Tutor course; FIDE Trainers’ Seminar; Exam taken after FIDE Seminar; FIDE Instructor Level, licenced from July 2020

Email: nigelmoyse@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC one day coaching course February 2019; CSC two day training course for coaches November 2019

Email: veritypettit@outlook.com Tel: 07801 881910
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – Chess In Schools tutor day, London Training Course; ECU101 The SMART Method to Teach Chess
Publications – I have a couple of videos at beginner level on my ChessMates YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJYkuXuZPpWSJ8cB45i1LZg
Website – http://www.chessmates.club

Email: margaretapislariu@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Training Courses with CSC; London Islington Training Course 02.07.2014; NSPCC Child Protection in Schools; Introductory Course on Teaching Chess in Primary School

Email: carl.portman@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01295 738001
Coaching formats – schools, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Accredited ECU School Chess Teacher
Publications – Chess Behind Bars (book)

Email: chrisrice17@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ECU 101; numerous conferences during the annual week of the London Classic for chess in schools up to 2019; various safeguarding and child protection courses

Email: theseyfrieds@me.com Tel: 01252 659955
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities; ECU 101

Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: noelmstewart@btinternet.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children

Contact: https://www.lancashirechess.uk/contact/
Coaching formats – training groups including children, online

Email: gary.titmas@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: trevor.tolentino@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities – Training Spring 2019 (Oxford); Qualified Teacher Status, PGCE 2008
Website – https://www.cambournetutoring.co.uk/cambourne-chess

Email: stmchessservices@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Course on Teaching Chess in Primary Schools

Email: glenntrueman@aol.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Course 2014; I have attended five CSC December tutor training weekends

Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Website – http://britishchessnews.com/; http://chessforschools.org.uk/; http://www.frimleyjuniorchessclub.org.uk/

Email: vinay.vekaria@outlook.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: tim.walker39@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: rwchessacademy@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, SEN
Publications – 1 | 2
Website – https://rwcworldwide.com/

Email: pauldavewelling@gmail.com Tel: 07973551860 
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses: CSC Teaching Chess in Primary Schools 2018

Email: russellpwhite@outlook.com Tel: 07734 720419
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs

Email: j.wrench11@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools & Communities – Chess Tutor Training Course (Sheffield Uni); Chess in Schools & Communities – Clasroom Management Course; Chess in Schools & Communities – Safeguarding Course; Chess in Schools & Communities – Regional Organiser Training sessions; Zoom Training Course (whilst working in an IT support role)

LEVEL THREE

Email: jonathan@steelcitypress.co.uk Tel: 07732 857339
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Chess: Skills, Tactics, Techniques (book, Crowood)

Email: coach@chessentriesforall.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, SEN
Credentials/courses – National and FIDE arbiter courses

Email: jonathan.blackburn1985@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – PGCE teacher training with University of Wolverhampton; Qualified Teacher Status QTS 1589914; ECU school chess teacher; CSC tutor

Email: nsc@cplusc.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online

Email: mike.sussex.chess@cantab.net
Coaching formats – training groups including children
Credentials/courses – qualified FIDE Arbiter

Email: davidghardy57@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – CSC Regional Organiser, CSC internal courses

Email: markjosse@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE CM and ECF National Master titles; CSC 2 day coaches training course; CSC Online tuition delivery tutor course; CSC Online safeguarding training course

Email: paul.keech@talktalk.net
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses –  Internal CSC training course

Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children

Email: davidlevens@chesscoach.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Basic Chess [now also sold as Chess Basics]; 3rd edition due April; six 4 Now booklets

Email: philipmakepeace@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Twitter [twitter.com/chesscoaches]; Streatham Festival simultaneous live coaching stream – https://youtu.be/1lqOMMxO03k; Twitch coaching streams – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLso7CM4CWiJdV0I3srMMny3xMlK0z89v3

Email: london@chessacademy.uk Tel: 07858 563332
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – Annual CSC training courses since 2015; WFM; Child Protection in Education Level 2
Publications – https://www.facebook.com/events/247575389245568/?active_tab=discussion; https://www.chessacademy.uk/course/chess-for-girls/; https://hammerchess.co.uk/event/fide-master-maria-manelidou/

Email: paulmckeown_dpk@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – National Instructor

Email: agamilewska2534@gmail.com Tel: 07871400372
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC trained teacher, European Chess Union certified trainer 2017, FIDE Arbiter and FIDE National Trainer

Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – qualified teacher

Email: adamraoof@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – the only qualified Steps Method coach in the UK

Email: drdaveexeter@btinternet.com Tel: 01626 836787
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Ten Ways to Succeed in the Endgame (2003); Chess Puzzles in One Move (2007)

Email: c.w.russell@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – FIDE Instructor license awarded in 2021 (https://ratings.fide.com/profile/413569); FIDE Online Training Seminar 3rd-5th September 2021
Qualified Teacher Status in 2013 (Secondary Mathematics); MSc (Education) in 2018 from University of Bristol; Child Protection in Education Level 2 in 2021 (https://www.educare.co.uk/courses/child-protection-education/)
Publications – Bristol Chess Times (https://bristolchesstimes.com/about/); Chess Rising Stars London Academy (https://www.chessacademy.uk/blog/); Makepeace With Chess (http://www.makepeacewithchess.com/blog/

Email: sayerschess@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – FIDE Training Academy; National Instructor

Email: AV.chess@outlook.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC one-day course (2013); regular CSC conference training since 2016

Email: z4zebra@ntlworld.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: tmvilliers@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – ECF Arbiter Training; Chess in Schools & Communities training/induction

Email: davezak13@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – Qualified Teacher Status since 2nd June 2010, General Teaching Council for England

Email: crystalclassic_zyy@hotmail.com Tel: 07909 814282
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

LEVEL FOUR

Email: lorin_eagles@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – IM; Qualified for the International FIDE Trainer’s title; Over 10 years’ experience
Publications – Chessbase English Opening; Chess on Toast DVDs; Move By Move Series with Everyman Chess (4 books) 
Website – http://www.lorinchess.com/about/

Email: dunworth@talk21.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children

Email: gmjohnemms95@gmail.com Tel: 07716 271630
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Publications – authored / co-author of more than 40 books on openings, endgames, tactics and strategy

Email: sobetsu1@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, online
Credentials/courses – GM
Publications – several chess books including Pandemic Shark and Mating the Castled King and have also produced videos including Sharp Middlegames, which was produced on Chessable

Email: chesspionage@gmail.com
Coaching formats – group lectures for adults and children, 1-to-1 and online
Credentials/courses – holder of the FIDE Trainer title since 2017
Experience - teaching and coaching since 2001, coaching internationally since 2013 (incl. Shreyas Royal, U8 European Vice-Champion 2017)
Contact: Twitter @Chesspionage | Instagram @chesspionage

Email: ads59@yahoo.com Tel: 07717 696370
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – Holder of FIDE Trainer title
Publications – Chess Strategy, Move by Move (Everyman Chess)

Email: sjackson488@btinternet.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – WGM; attended Batsford Coaching session led by Bob Wade to qualify as Regional Coach; 20+ years chess coaching experience

Email: richard@chessheroes.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Publications – The (Even More) Complete Chess Addict; Addicts’ Corner; Move One!; Chess for Kids; The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids

Email: gary.kenworthy@btopenworld.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – National Coach certificate; Former BCF Director of Coaching; FIDE Master certificate

Email: andrew_ledger@outlook.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities course attended in Hull in January 2019; shadowing in May, June 2019

Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – co-author, ECF Academy material
Website – https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/

Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE Senior Trainer; IM with 40 years’ coaching experience

Email: tonyniccolichess@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Level 2 ECF Arbiter

Email: nickpert@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – GM
Publications – many DVDs with Chessbase / Ginger GM
Website: http://www.gmchess.co.uk

Email: nigel.povah52@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children
Credentials/courses – National Coaching Scheme
Publications – Chess Training (first published in 1981); How to Play the English

Email: athomnic@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online

Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Tel: 07503 722366
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE Trainers’ Seminar; ECU School Chess Teacher 101 Course; CSC Chess Tutor Course

Email: robwillmoth@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN