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IM Jan van de Mortel

20+ years of professional chess coaching

LocationConnecticut United States
LanguagesNederlands, English (US)
RatingFIDE: 2416268526772367
AvailabilityNot accepting students at the moment

About me

I am a 46-year-old stay-at-home-dad of two children, part-time chess coach, 28-year internet chess addict and US Chess Senior Tournament Director.

Born in the Netherlands in 1975, moved to the United States to start a chess company in 2003, married in 2005 and sacrificed the life of a full-time chess professional in 2010 so my better half could fulfill her career goal.

Playing experience

* National Team Champion U16 with Combinatie Asten (1990)
* National Champion U18 (1993)
* 8th World Youth U18 (1993)
* National Champion U20 (1995)
* International Master (2006)
* US Chess League Champion with New England Nor'easters (2010).

Teaching experience

Chess coach since 1998. Co-founded Chess Education Partners (now GM Chess Academy) in Chicago in 2003. Until 2010 a full-time chess coach at public and private schools, teaching students and chess teachers of all levels and ages. Organized summer chess camps and scholastic tournaments with up to 800 participants.

* Coached GM Robert Hungaski from IM to GM (2010-2012)
* Coach of Team USA at World Youth (Slovenia 2012, UAE 2013)
* Second of GM Loek van Wely for the Masters at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (Netherlands 2012-2015)
* Coach of Team USA at World Cadets (China 2019) - 2019 US Chess Outstanding Team Performance Award

Other experiences

* Masters in History, Radboud University Nijmegen (2000)
* Regional Editor Kasparov Chess Online (1999-2000)
* Assistant Editor New In Chess Yearbooks (2001)
* Chief Editor Online World Chess (2001-2002)
* Assistant Press Officer, Corus/Tata Steel Chess Tournament (2000-2016)

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