Kayden Troffkaydentroff@gmail.comKayden is Utah's first GM. His notable achievements include winning the 2009 U12 North American Championship, the 2012 U14 World Youth Championship, and the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship
Powell Walker602-989-5228walker@power-chess.comPowell is an energetic instructor dedicated to promoting critical thinking skills and a love of learning through engaging multi-media presentations, hands on learning, and competitive tournaments. Exceptionally skilled in leading activities designed to be both fun and educational. Committed to optimizing every student's success by providing assistance and instruction to various levels of learners. Passionate about bringing the love of chess and friendly competition to students of all ages and abilities. Go to https://power-chess.com/ to learn more about Powell Walker and the PowerChess program
Anil Cengiz385-301-4654cengiz@math.utah.eduHello! I am Anil Cengiz. I am a Mathematics Ph.D. student at the U of Utah, and I love playing and teaching chess. I am an active player with a current rating of 2050 USCF, and this past year I have won the 2021 Utah Blitz, 2022 Salt Lake Open, and 2022 Utah Speed Championships. I do private and group lessons for both kids and adults of different levels. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions
Ben Watanabe801-9791167Hookedonchess@gmail.com1h: $35
Passionate about teaching chess to any age: from kids to adults, including seniors who simply want to exercise their minds, Ben Watanabe is looking for students who loves chess as much as he does. Whether you want to improve your skills of the game or keep your mind brilliant, I will guide you to ultimate fun of the game. I am a current Salt Lake Tournament director, FIDE coaching licensed, West Hight high school chess club director, a volunteer at Senior chess class and a private teacher to kids and adults. Former winner for Utah State elementary state championship, Colorado U1300, went through Barber national tournament, I love teaching, have the patience and passion for any skill and more.
Michael Munafokids4chess@gmail.comHello! I am Michael Munafo. I have trained hundreds of children (and adults!) in the ways of chess mastery. I peaked near 2000 USCF rating officially, served on the Colorado Chess Board, a merit badge counselor for chess for the Boy Scouts of America, and taught chess at many schools and organizations. I was also the president of BYU Chess Club for a number of years. All that said, I love teaching chess! I build individual lesson plans for my students in addition to course materials. Currently I teach remotely
Mark Abercrombie801-573-9045 rathemon@gmail.comGood chess players don't always make the best chess teachers. I am not the greatest player (rated around 1500 USCF) but I AM a licensed teacher in Utah (which means the state does a background check on me every 5 years). This means that I regularly plan lessons and organize how to present my curriculum in a meaningful, memorable, and fun way. I have planned a curriculum of how chess should be taught which you won't find anywhere else. My lessons are intended for absolute beginners up to players around my own strength.
GM Rashad Babaevrashad.babaev@yahoo.comhttp://rashadbabaev.com/
Stuart Graham801-898-4991 whereisyourmind@aol.comPrivate and group lessons for adults and children. Available in Salt Lake County.
Brad Knutson(801) 735-6442 BorisSpasstic@gmail.comI love to teach chess! I offer lessons for all ages and skill levels throughout Utah County. I started playing competitively in 2005. I received private instruction from the late GM Igor Ivanov. I placed 1st in the Utah Amateur Championship in 2007 and 2nd in the National Class Championships, Class D in 2007. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. Thanks!
Mike Kruse St. George Area435-703-8001 dixieredrooks@gmail.comScholastic (and some adult) chess lessons.
* In 1998 Battled Kasparov for 32 moves
* 2011 South Carolina State Champion (Reserve Section)
* 11th place at 2012 National Open (U 1400 section)
* Co-taught with GM Ziatdinov in Phoenix
* Taught thousands of students and dozens of state scholastic champions for 14 years in Georgia, Utah, AZ, South Carolina.
* Trained by National Champion/IM Michael Brooks

This list of instructors is provided as a service to the chess community.   The Utah Chess Association does not recommend any specific instructor and has not done a background check or otherwise confirmed the information about the instructors.