Cincinnati Scholastic Chess

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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:

Robert Chenault, teaches fundamentals and principles … the basics. My sessions last for 1.5 to 2 hours.

  • Above 65 and retirees
  • After-school chess programs
  • Small group lessons 2-4 students
  • Tournament Prep Package and Online Sparring Package
  • Networking Package – Introduction to Cincinnati Chess Community

I’m a chess vendor, so I end up selling books and chess equipment to my students. Also, that’s why I love my older students: they are available for morning lessons, they buy my stuff and teach me. All my students keep a binder for my lessons and handouts. I’m a traveling chess teacher, working with family schedules, making it easy to take chess lessons.  I fully enjoy my work (Glory to God), and I care for my students. Most play in my monthly chess tournaments called Cincy Tornadoes.  I’m an Expert working on becoming a Master.  So it cost $1,000 per hour to take chess lessons from me … lol. email me at; don’t be scared. Many times students can be added to a small group for $20-$25 depending on the group. I’m easy to work with.

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.