Cincinnati Scholastic Chess

Inviting you to enjoy the king of games in the Queen City

Teachers and Coaches

Attention Prospective Students

With the growth of scholastic chess in the Cincinnati area, the number of players and families seeking chess instruction has increased. As a service to the community chess players of all ages, Cincinnati Scholastic Chess seeks to connect players at all levels who are seeking individual instruction with suitable teachers/coaches by listing on this page contact information for those chess teachers and coaches who have elected to make their information available through this medium. The presence of a teacher or coach on this page does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of that teacher or coach by Cincinnati Scholastic Chess.

Attention Teachers and Coaches

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Teacher and Coach Listing (alphabetical)

Jon Applebee, veteran teacher and coach of numerous school chess programs and summer camps, open to teaching individuals as well as small groups. $40/hour for individual lessons; rate negotiable for small groups.

Blake Baumgartner, USCF Expert, 2013 Ohio High School Champion, peak rating: 2196 USCF. 6+ years’ experience coaching children and adults, ranging from complete beginners to 1800 USCF. An experienced chess player and chess coach, I always aims to assess my students’ strengths and weaknesses and guide them along on their path to improvement to maximize their chess potential. $35/hour for in-person private lesson at my house or for Internet lessons; $35/hour + added travel fee for private lessons at your house (depends on distance).

Carl Boor, National Master/FIDE Master. I am a full-time chess coach who works to serve my students in the most flexible and efficient manner possible.  Please visit:

Noah Keating-Adams, USCF National Master, can coach anyone from beginner to 1800. Resides in West Chester/Liberty Twp. area, but is willing to drive a reasonable distance. $35 per one-hour lesson.

We will update this page with additional teachers as they apply to be listed.