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



Our undying gratitude to Coach Daniel Leach: USCF 2085, FIDE 2150 who dedicated his time and talent during our 2016 -2017 semester. We wish him success as he departs to medical school.

Please contact for private instruction.


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Coach Ryan Keiper

Coach Jan Manefee, Georgetown University