Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Coaching Co-ordinator & FIDE Instructor

Chris Russell is licenced 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 2334. 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. His elite students have competed in the European Youth Individual and Team Championships.


“Studying chess with Chris is packed with analysis, insight, inspiration and positive encouragement through the highs and lows of assimilating a complex game. I really appreciate his focus on developing deep skills for long-term growth … and the benefit of lessons extends beyond the board into other aspects of life.” Paul F., London

“While working with Chris, I have had the chance to experience the multifaceted richness of chess. Chris pays attention to the deep knowledge chess requires and the beauty of the game … a good mentor and helpful teacher.” Luca S., Turin

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