Chess Coaches

The phenomenal success of Chess Girls DC is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm our volunteers display on a continual basis.  Our classes are guided by our phenomenal volunteers.  Current volunteers include:

Coach David Bennett, FIDE Master, MA, Public Administration and Urban Planning, University Southern California. Please contact for private instruction.


Coach Rita Ismaylov, MA in Economics, American University


    Coach Daniel Leach: USCF 2085, FIDE 2150

Please contact for private instruction.


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Coach Ryan Keiper

Coach Jan Manefee, Georgetown University

Dr. Quito Swan, Associate Professor at Howard University, African Diaspora History, is the co-founder of Chess Girls DC.Dr.Swan is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Howard University. His research on Black internationalism and global Black Power have taken him through archives and Diasporic communities across Venezuela, the US, Bermuda, London, Kenya, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.