Instructors

Listed below are all of the current instructors.

CM Jonathan Rasberry 

My name is Jonathan Rasberry, I am a full-time graduate student who LOVES everything chess! I have been playing now for about 8 years, I am a USCF candidate master, and my rating is over 2100. I love learning the game and I search for people who do the same. My approach to teaching is, "Understand the game, don't just memorize it!" I teach all phases of the game, with endgames and middlegame strategies as my main focus. Jonathan can teach lessons through an internet connection. His hourly rate depends on the number of lessons you sign up for (range $20-$40 per hour). You can contact Jonathan at razz.2014@yahoo.com.

Corbin Holland 

Corbin Holland has been coaching chess at Horizon Elementary for over ten years. His children have competed at the elementary, middle and high school level. In 2019, he returns as the head coach for Horizon Elementary, assisted by BJHS Chess team members Maanasi Limaye and William Spanier.

David Hayes 

David began coaching chess at Randolph School in 1994 leading teams to State championships. He served as President of the Huntsville Chess Club from 1994-1997. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Huntsville Chess Club and coaches chess at Heritage and Mill Creek Elementary schools in Madison. David is a Certified Local Tournament Director with the United States Chess Federation. David is also available to teach private lessons and can be contacted at dahleet@gmail.com.

FM Bradley Denton 

Fide Master Bradley Denton is the highest rated chess player in Alabama. We are pleased to welcome Bradley as coach for Discovery Middle School and Bob Jones High School chess teams in Madison City Schools.

NM Gerald Larson 

National Master Gerald Larson has been teaching chess in numerous Tennessee Valley venues since the fall of 1989. He has taught chess in schools, both in and out of the classroom; in corporate and school cafeterias; at public and school libraries; at twenty years of Friday night Brahan Springs Rec Center meetings; and at the occasional chess camp. He has given simultaneous exhibitions at coffee shops, corporate cafeterias, and schools. He holds a Level III (Advanced) USCF Chess Coach certification, and was an active chess coach during 2001-2012. In that period he coached students to seven Scholastic State Champion individual wins, one Scholastic State Elementary Championship Team win, and two open (adult) State Championship wins. Dr. Larson will serve as head coach for the James Clemens and Liberty Middle School chess teams. Dr. Larson is also available for private lessons and charges $60 per hour. His email address is glarson@knology.net.

Will Stevenson 

"I have been playing chess casually since I was about 17, but did not begin competing in tournaments until around 2006 (about age 26). I joined the Huntsville Chess Club around 2001, which gave me good training and a good place to test my skills against strong competition. Since entering competitive tournament play, I have been able to finish strongly and even win several tournaments. Among the victories have been two state championships, two Huntsville City Championships, a win in a Grand Prix tournament in Tennessee in 2010, and a victory in an individual game against Grandmaster Anatoly Lein at the Kings Island Open in 2009. I also have some experience as a personal chess instructor, having mentored several kids between the ages of 7 and 15. I am a general chess enthusiast and chess addict who enjoys playing with and teaching the game to people of all ages and levels." Will currently coaches at Rainbow Elementary. Coach Will is available for private chess lessons. He charges $40 per hour and can be contacted at will.t.stevenson@hotmail.com.

Tournament Directors

Listed below are all of the certified tournament directors.

Bill Nash 

Bill is a Senior Tournament Director with the US Chess Federation and FIDE National Arbiter.

FM Bradley Denton 

Bradley is a USCF Local Tournament Director. He has served as TD for numerous state and local tournaments.

Michael Guthrie 

Michael is a USCF certified Club TD.

Nitin Badhe 

Nitin is certified as a Local TD with the USCF.

Todd Guthrie 

Todd is a USCF certified Senior Tournament Director. Todd has served as Chief TD of numerous MCCL tournaments. He has also served as floor TD of the National K-12 Championship, National Elementary Championship, and tournaments for the Nashville Chess Center.

Student Instructors (Level 1)

Listed below are all of the current level one student instructors.

Josh Lin 

Josh is a member of the Bob Jones Chess Team. He coaches at West Madison Elementary. His hourly rate is $20. You can reach Josh via Email Here

Michael Guthrie 

Michael is a member of the Bob Jones Chess Team. His rate is $20 an hour. He coaches at All Star East Chess Club. You can reach Michael by Email Here

Om Badhe 

Om Badhe is a member of the James Clemens Chess Team. He coaches at Liberty Middle School. His hourly rate is $20. You can contact Om by Email Here

Will Fox 

Will is a member of the James Clemens Chess Team. He coaches at Madison Elementary. His rate is $20 per hour. You can reach Will via email here

Student Instructors (Level 2)

Listed below are all of the current level two student instructors.

Aubteen Pour-Biazar 

Aubteen is a member of the Bob Jones Chess Team. He coaches at West Madison Elementary. His hourly rate is $10. You can contact Aubteen by Email Here

Constance Wang 

Constance is a member of the Bob Jones Chess Team. Her hourly rate is $10. You can contact Constance via Email Here

Hugh Mitchell 

Hugh is a member of the Bob Jones Chess Team. He coaches at Madison Elementary. His hourly rate is $10. You can contact Hugh by Email Here

Jenson Wilhelm 

Jenson is a member of the Bob Jones Chess Team. His hourly rate is $10. You can contact Jenson via Email Here

Maanasi Limaye 

Maanasi is a member of the Bob Jones High School Chess Team. She coaches at Horizon Elementary. Her hourly rate is $10. You can contact Maanasi by Email Here

Will Bao 

Will is a member of the Bob Jones High School Chess Team. He also coaches at West Madison Elementary. His hourly rate is $10. You can contact Will by Email Here

William Spanier 

William is a member of the Bob Jones High School Chess Team. He coaches at Horizon Elementary. His hourly rate is $10. You can contact William by Email Here