David Bennett

is creating master chess education in the community and online for all, free

1

patron

$2

per month
Chess is my passion. I have pursued this passion full-time since 2015 while doing all I can to enrich the lives of those who share my love for the game.

I believe that chess can and does change the world by stretching our minds to levels we never thought possible, building skills that can be applied to all aspects of our lives, breaking down barriers, and genuinely connecting people all around the world.

In addition to my regular coaching activities at schools and 1-on-1, here is what I do to share this great game with the world:

  • Volunteer with DC area organizations like So Others Might Eat, Chess Girls DC, Blue Star Families, and DC Public Libraries, giving over 100 hours per year to make chess accessible to everyone. 
    • I'm currently the coach of Chess Girls DC and am continuing to volunteer regularly at the military nonprofit Blue Star Families in Northern Virginia and DC Public Library in Southeast DC.
  • Started a YouTube channel where I analyze your submitted games for free, delving in depth to help viewers develop a truly holistic understanding of all nuances of this infinitely complex game, including the psychological aspects of the game.
  • Provide discounted lessons locally to some students based on ability-to-pay to ensure accessibility.
  • Took a gap year to travel and achieve the International World Chess Federation (FIDE) Candidate Master title; achieved the National Master title within the US. Read about my chess journey and what inspired me to begin teaching here.
  • Competed in India last winter (2017-18) and Italy (2016), which was the first international competition I had the chance to do since my gap year in 2006-7, where I competed in Latin American and Eastern Europe. I will travel to Ethiopia this year and hope to have the chance to compete and one day provide instruction in other countries.
  • Teach chess in the DC area in person and online, in both English and Spanish.
Check out my Washington Post feature last fall, and an article on my student who won the DC State Championship in 2018. The article is an excellent story about the hard work it takes to succeed in this mind-boggling challenge.

I wish you the best of luck in your chess journey, and I hope that I can help you to achieve your goals!

Learn more about my work at www.chessprofessor.net.

Tiers
Passed Pawn
$1 or more per month

Good chess karma! Thank you for your support.

Let me know how I can help you along your chess journey and what content would be beneficial for you.

I'm getting into wood carving and will give away a wood-carved piece monthly to interested patrons.

Knockout Knight
$3 or more per month only 30 left

As a Knockout Knight, request an in-depth video once a month on any topic of your choice (for instance, a particular opening, psychology, tips, tactical themes, type of endgame, grandmaster game or history/bio, etc.)

It's a seahorse, it's an octopus, it's a Knockout Knight! You've hopped onto the 6th rank, striking terror into the heart of the enemy camp. 

Quixotic Queen
$9 or more per month only 20 left

Monthly in-depth live video analysis of a game of your choice (I will always do this at least once for anyone for free; this allows you to continue submitting a new game each month as your game improves).

Checkmate!
$100 or more per month only 10 left

2 hours of rigorous analysis of your games per month, a personalized lesson plan, and all of the above benefits, with advice and support along your chess journey.

Goals
1 of 50 patrons
Start a nonprofit chess scholarship fund -- not for general education but so that students in need can get access to funding for travel, tournament fees, and training expenses, ensuring there are no barriers to their success and that there is a level playing field.

This is something I've been meaning to do for several months but starting a family has been busy and it's been put on hold. However, setting a concrete goal will force me to do it once I reach 50 loyal patrons!

I will start a fund in the DC area with others who are interested (several of my students are already behind it) in supporting the effort, but this could eventually be an online, global fund that anyone in need can apply to. Verification measures would have to be put into place, which is why starting locally would be more feasible. 100% transparency and accountability on all ends, with minimal transaction fees/barriers, is mandatory when doing something as financially sensitive as this, and I will ensure that all possible safeguards are put into place.
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Chess is my passion. I have pursued this passion full-time since 2015 while doing all I can to enrich the lives of those who share my love for the game.

I believe that chess can and does change the world by stretching our minds to levels we never thought possible, building skills that can be applied to all aspects of our lives, breaking down barriers, and genuinely connecting people all around the world.

In addition to my regular coaching activities at schools and 1-on-1, here is what I do to share this great game with the world:

  • Volunteer with DC area organizations like So Others Might Eat, Chess Girls DC, Blue Star Families, and DC Public Libraries, giving over 100 hours per year to make chess accessible to everyone. 
    • I'm currently the coach of Chess Girls DC and am continuing to volunteer regularly at the military nonprofit Blue Star Families in Northern Virginia and DC Public Library in Southeast DC.
  • Started a YouTube channel where I analyze your submitted games for free, delving in depth to help viewers develop a truly holistic understanding of all nuances of this infinitely complex game, including the psychological aspects of the game.
  • Provide discounted lessons locally to some students based on ability-to-pay to ensure accessibility.
  • Took a gap year to travel and achieve the International World Chess Federation (FIDE) Candidate Master title; achieved the National Master title within the US. Read about my chess journey and what inspired me to begin teaching here.
  • Competed in India last winter (2017-18) and Italy (2016), which was the first international competition I had the chance to do since my gap year in 2006-7, where I competed in Latin American and Eastern Europe. I will travel to Ethiopia this year and hope to have the chance to compete and one day provide instruction in other countries.
  • Teach chess in the DC area in person and online, in both English and Spanish.
Check out my Washington Post feature last fall, and an article on my student who won the DC State Championship in 2018. The article is an excellent story about the hard work it takes to succeed in this mind-boggling challenge.

I wish you the best of luck in your chess journey, and I hope that I can help you to achieve your goals!

Learn more about my work at www.chessprofessor.net.

Recent posts by David Bennett

Tiers
Passed Pawn
$1 or more per month

Good chess karma! Thank you for your support.

Let me know how I can help you along your chess journey and what content would be beneficial for you.

I'm getting into wood carving and will give away a wood-carved piece monthly to interested patrons.

Knockout Knight
$3 or more per month only 30 left

As a Knockout Knight, request an in-depth video once a month on any topic of your choice (for instance, a particular opening, psychology, tips, tactical themes, type of endgame, grandmaster game or history/bio, etc.)

It's a seahorse, it's an octopus, it's a Knockout Knight! You've hopped onto the 6th rank, striking terror into the heart of the enemy camp. 

Quixotic Queen
$9 or more per month only 20 left

Monthly in-depth live video analysis of a game of your choice (I will always do this at least once for anyone for free; this allows you to continue submitting a new game each month as your game improves).

Checkmate!
$100 or more per month only 10 left

2 hours of rigorous analysis of your games per month, a personalized lesson plan, and all of the above benefits, with advice and support along your chess journey.