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I have known Rob for two years, and have employed him as a private chess tutor for my elementary school aged son him during most of that time. I observed Rob to be kind, patient, and understanding. Further, he demonstrated an uncanny ability to make chess exciting and fun. My young son was hooked. As a graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University, and a veteran teacher of more than 15 years, I immediately pinpointed Rob as a “natural”. He truly shines when he works with young children.”
— Allison, Parent

Robert Lazorchak, Owner + Instructor

Robert has ten years of full-time scholastic chess teaching experience, and in that time he's developed state and national champions, many players on the United States Chess Federation's "Top 100" lists, and taught thousands of children that now love to play chess. 

During the day, Robert is a curriculum chess teacher and is responsible for teaching chess and its associated skills to 450 children in grades K-4. He created the school's chess team in September 2015 and coached them to consecutive National Co-Championships in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. The most accomplished student in his school is the former K-1 NY State Champion, and currently ranked in the top 5 in the country for his age.

Prior to his time in New York City, Robert was a lead instructor for Silver Knights Enrichment and led dozens of after school clubs and summer camps throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Some of Robert's other achievements are:

  • USCF ranked “Class A” Player
  • Certified USCF Advanced Coach
  • Certified FIDE (World Chess) Instructor
  • Article + Video contributor for
  • Holds a Masters Degree in Teaching
  • Certified Teacher, Grades 1-6

On a personal note, Robert lives in Madison, NJ with his wife and son.