|At Kid Chess®, kids come first. We have been teaching chess to kids in schools and in our Marietta East Cobb facility for several years. Each class is managed by two chess instructors – all of whom are top-rated chess players. Each of our chess instructors pass in-depth background checks and they are trained to make chess fun!
Justin Morrison is the founder and owner of Kid Chess. With over four decades worth of chess playing experience, he started playing in high school. he was the 3-time Georgia High School Champion from 1976 through 1978, High School Champion of Southeastern United States in 1976, and Georgia Junior Champion in 1978. He is a current USCF-rated Expert, a certified USCF tournament director beginning in 1977, and has taught chess since 1976.
Kristi received an Elementary Education Certification from Kennesaw State College after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Psychology. Before teaching for Kid Chess, Kristi taught 1st and 2nd grades for 10 years in Fulton County, Georgia. Kristi first learned how to play chess when she was 8 years old in a chess class taught at her elementary school in Michigan. Kristi loves being a part of the Kid Chess team because it allows her to teach children. Kristi is a co-owner of Kid Chess with her husband, Kid Chess founder Justin Morrison. Kristi and Justin have a son and she has spent the last several years raising him. Kristi enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, exercising, and reading.
Bella has been playing chess for almost thirty years. She was a
seasoned tournament player in Russia, where she aquired a title of Woman Chess
Master's Candidate at age 16. She has two Masters degrees (in Math and
Computer Science), the later one was from University of Maryland Baltimore
County, the winner of six Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship. She's been
a member of UMBC team for three years and won UMBC Championship in 1994-95.
Bella started teaching chess while she was an elementary school student and joined Kid Chess in September, 2005.
Ratana joined the Kid Chess team as Director of Operations in June of 2004. Ratana has been a casual chess player since her college days, and "hopes some of the chess talent currently surrounding her rubs off". She is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has an extensive background in Private Investigations having owned her own business in Louisiana . Ratana met our founder Justin Morrison when she first moved to Georgia in 1995 and has had the pleasure to work with him at various times over the last 17 years. When not engaged in the many facets of managing the Kid Chess operations, Ratana is likely out riding her Harley Davidson (fondly known as "Doux") or enjoying the outdoors with family, friends, and her "four-legged" kids "Nick" and "Chloe". "(Added a black and white cat to the family "LOL, was going to call her Put-Three since she is a feline version of Put-Two, but had some protest from some good friends who renamed her Chloe" and it has stuck)."
Craig joined Kid Chess in July, 2008. He began playing chess in the early 1980's and learned how to play from his father. He is a certified teacher in the state of Georgia and taught grades 2nd, 4th and 5th in his 5 years of classroom experience. He loves working with children and loves to see children learning and growing. Craig also is an avid music lover and plays the drums in his spare time. Patterns and recognizing patterns is exciting to him and vows that patterns can be translated to so many areas, including music and chess. He enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music and spending time with his son. Craig states he hates to see a teachable moment dissipate and loves to share what he learns with others on a constant basis. New ideas and progress are paramount for him and he looks forward to what each day may bring his way.
Jennifer is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History Program at Florida State University where she taught courses in U.S. History for six years. Her father taught her chess when she was in elementary school and she has enjoyed playing the game casually ever since. Jennifer is excited about combining her passion for teaching and her interest in chess with her love of children whose energy and endless curiosity she finds reinvigorating. When not writing her dissertation or developing her chess skills, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, learning French, cooking, and exploring the world.
Gerald joined Kid Chess in August, 2006. Gerald has been working with children for over 20 years in different capacities such as, Youth Minister, Activities Director, Camp Director, Physical Education Teacher, and Sports Coach. Gerald's motivation is to teach children life skills and values through fun and innovative games. A father of 3 daughters, he encourages all children as if they were his own. Gerald brings an exuberant amount of energy to every class and interacts with the children in a way that they can relate.
"We are to be all things to all people. Whatever the students need at that time, that's what I am trying to be. We are role models, and kids will imitate everything they see and hear from us. We have a responsibility to show love and a positive character at all times. Your character is what you do when no one is watching. Yet someone is always watching."
Clem Wellman started with Kid Chess in 2007 and went to college at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest IL - achieving a B.A. in Business Administration. He began to play chess with his father at age 8, played on his high school chess team, was Lake Forest College champion in the 1960's and began US Chess Federation tournament play in 1963. His rating has always been Class A but his formal play stopped with family and business demands increasing by 1970. After retiring as a Vice-President, Sales for a packaging company, he joined Kid Chess in 2007 to complement his love of teaching his grandchildren to play the royal game. With 3 grandchildren, an 11-year old girl, an 8- and 5-year old boy participating in Kid Chess programs, Clem is overjoyed with his second career as a chess instructor for eager young minds.
John Austin was born in Memphis in 1936 but he grew up in Atlanta. He learned to play chess at the age of twelve. After serving in the Army in Germany, he earned a BBA degree from Georgia State University. He became a CPA. He was president of the Atlanta Chess Club between 1961 and 1964. Under his leadership, the Club affiliated with the USCF. That act ended segregated chess tournaments in Georgia. In 1974, he went to work at what is now Bank of America as their chief internal auditor. He later rose to the presidency of a commercial bank in suburban Philadelphia, a thrift bank in Virginia, and a mortgage bank in North Carolina. In 1993, he suffered a massive heart attack. The doctors gave him six months to live. He decided to devote that time to chess and in 1995 he turned in his best ever tournament result. He finished in a five-way tie for the Georgia State Chess Championship with a performance rating of 2243. Still active in tournament chess, he ranks among the 60 or so highest rated players in Georgia. He likes Baroque music, studying languages, and most of all, sharing his love of chess with children.
Joyce has been with Kid Chess since April 2007 and enjoys working with the kids. She has attended KSU for early childhood education. With 15 years of management experience, Joyce enjoys working with the staff and motivating the team to reach our goals. Joyce is a casual chess player and realizes how chess can teach children the importance of good sportsmanship and achievement. She loves the interaction with children and helping them succeed. In Joyce's spare time, she loves fitness including running 5K's, 10K's and marathons. Also, she loves spending time with her husband, 2 young boys , family and friends.
Joey Weigel was taught how to play chess by his father when he was very young. He became greatly absorbed in the game and started reading chess books in an attempt to better himself. Joey attended Justin Morrison's very first chess camp (based out of Justin's home!) and won the outstanding player trophy. Presently, Joey is an active musician and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor. He joined Kid Chess in August, 2006.
Joe Hendricks is an avid chess player and enjoys tournament chess. Joe played for the Berkmar Chess Team in high school as a senior, where Berkmar repeated as State Champions and placed 10th in the National High School Team Chess Championship held in Philadelphia. President of the Southern Tech Chess Team, 1980-1982, and competed in the 1980 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship held in Atlanta, where Southern Tech finished 2nd in their division. Joe graduated from Southern Tech in 1986 with a degree in Electrical Enginering. He enjoys working with kids and helping them be the best they can be. Along with chess, Joe has over 8 years Head coaching youth travel baseball and football.
Jared has been playing chess for approximately 45 years. In the 70's he was one of the top players in Georgia and won the State Championship in 1973. Jared is a former President of the Georgia Chess Association, and he has also directed and organized many chess tournaments. Jared is a computer programmer by trade and he created KCEasyChess and the interactive chess puzzles in the "fun house" section of our website.
Fred Judson started working for Kid Chess in 2002.
Fred began playing at chess over 60 years ago in Milford Connecticut. Fred initiated his chess career by reading Capablanca's "A Primer of Chess" and Reuben Fine's "Chess the Easy Way". Fred played regularly against family members and high school classmates until 1953. Later, Fred was recognized as "All Campus Champion" at the University of Connecticut in 1954. He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bridgeport Engineering Institute, now part of Fairfield Univ., in 1963. His accomplishments also includes two time Club "Blitz Champion", holding Grandmaster Pal Benko to a draw in a simul, defeating a Master at the Connecticut Blitz Championship, and sharing 1st place with a blind player at the 1990 Hartford Open. Fred began teaching chess in 1970. Fred is a registered Chess Coach with the United States Chess Federation.
Ben Vinyard joined Kid Chess in September 2004. Ben's cousin taught him how to play chess when he was a child but he didn't start playing seriously until the age of 29. He attended Southeast Missouri State University and majored in Communications. His occupational experience involves years of film and television employment including a position as the studio producer for the Kansas City Royals and freelance assignments for ESPN, CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS and Entertainment Tonight. Ben is a certified tournament director and, since his participation with Kid Chess, has had an opportunity to become a more active tournament player, at one point gaining 150 ratings points in the span of a single year. In the Spring of 2006, he coached four Kid Chess teams that qualified for the State Team Championship.
Norman Stokes has been with Kid Chess since 2005. He learned to play chess in the early 60's as an elementary student. He improved throughout high school and played in his first tournament in 1977. Norman has been interpreting for the Deaf for more than 30 years and has taught many Deaf people how to play chess. In 1984, Norman graduated from University of Alabama in Birmingham with a MA degree in Special Education. Norman has taught in Cobb County Schools and used chess as a teaching tool with some of his students. Norman is currently working part-time at Staples.
Kearstyn Denton relocated back to the Atlanta area after being away at college for 3 years. She works in our Kid Chess office and also as a coach at our schools. Currently, Kearstyn is attending Georgia Military College in Fairburn, Georgia with a pre-nursing major with hopes to attend nursing school in Spring 2014 at KSU. Her goals are to become certified in neonatal field of nursing and to travel to Europe. She is very comfortable with children as she has worked with them in the past and also has completed various volunteer work including the Boys and Girls Club. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends as well as training for races.
Lisa was born in Taiwan, moved to the United States and went to high school and college in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 1990 the family moved from Houston, Texas to Marietta, Georgia. She works at Mt. Bethel as the Cafe Manager since Fall 1999. Lisa joined Kid Chess around Fall of 2000 as a parent helper and learned how to play chess with the kids (students) and she also keeps tally records for the coaches.
Kevin began taking lessons with Kid Chess when he was five years old and was his class champion numerous times. He has practiced chess with his brothers, Eric and Kyle, who have also taught for Kid Chess for a combined total of fourteen years. Kevin frequently plays chess against opponents from all over the world via the Internet. When he is not playing chess, Kevin also enjoys Tae Kwon Do and playing the piano.
Tim Chow was born in Taiwan, and Went to high school and college near Philadelhia, PA. He has a a B.S. in math, and has been playing chess since 7th grade. In 1979, Tom became the Delaware State Champion and had a rating of 2025. As well as being a classroom instructor, Tom joined Kid Chess in August, 2007 and works with Coach Keith Kuntz on our series of Kid Chess video lessons.
Jayashree Sekar learned chess from her friend and started playing chess since middle school in India. After her graduation and marriage, she relocated to Greenville, SC with her family during August 1998. After a long break, she resumed her chess in USA. She joined Greenville Chess Club and became a USCF member in 2002. Since then, she has been playing USCF rated tournaments in Greenville, SC. After she moved to Atlanta she continued playing rated tournaments. Apart from Chess, she is interested in solving sudoku puzzles, reading books and solving online chess puzzles, and she is a light music singer. She loves to teach chess to children and joined Kid Chess in August, 2008.
Emily Richardson has lived in the Atlanta area her whole life. Her father taught her how to play chess when she was in elementary school and she has enjoyed casual games against family members and friends ever since. Her love for kids and passion for learning has inspired her to pursue a degree in psychology and early childhood development at Kennesaw State University. In her spare time, Emily enjoys arts and crafts, playing the piano, computer games and traveling.With great enthusiasm she looks forward to the challenge and joy that each new day brings.
Kyle has been a part of Kidchess since 2001; first as a student, and then later as an instructor. He played competitively for several years and won the Scholastic Grade Level State Championship in 8th grade. His favorite chess variant is blind fold chess. In 2011 Kyle received his BBA from Kennesaw State University in Business Management. He is currently going back to Kennesaw for is MBA. Kyle hopes to one day teach college level business courses. Aside from chess, Kyle enjoys writing music on his guitar, creative writing, and cooking. His favorite part of working with kids is their gratitude and candor.
Julia was born in Helena, Montana and at the age of 4 her family and she moved to Utah. She has lived in Georgia for the past 11 years and has worked in banking for 32 years. Julia joined Kid Chess in July, 2008, and graduated from Kennesaw State University in the spring of 2010. Julia enjoys working with children and she is always amazed as to how quickly the kids learn the moves and tactics of Chess. Her hobbies are scuba diving,reading (when she can find the time), and playing Chess and Scrabble. She is happily married to Coach Jared Radin.
Mercedes began her love of chess when she was 5. She has many fond memories of her parents playing. This has inspired her to continue playing and to teach her siblings how to play. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She then worked in various customer-service oriented fields for a major bank and as a health care consultant. Her passion has always been helping others, especially children. She is very excited about teaching children to love chess as much as she does. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing chess, and learning about new cultures. She is currently learning how to speak Hindi/Urdu.
Michael Hyde began playing chess in grade school. He went on to become the Chess Club Champion his senior year. Since then Michael has been playing many different strategic and tactical board games including historical military games. After a long absence from chess, he began playing chess again at the local chess club meeting at Borders a few years ago. He enjoys music, reading and spending time with his wife and three children. Michael holds a BS in Education and is a partner in his computer company.
JB's husband taught her how to play chess. She attained Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Science Education, and B.Ed. in Biology. As the first runner-up, her team won the World Ethic Contest in 2008. Her most rewarding and favorite part of working with KidChess is when the children demonstrate their analytical skills and express their wittiness. Besides playing chess, JB also enjoys jigsaw puzzles.
Donna Phillips is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys playing chess with friends and family for fun. Donna's professional background has been with IBM in a marketing and sales capacity for most of her career. She also has spent time in construction, insurance, and hardware and software sales. Recently, she provided training for new customers who were installing copiers and printers for the business market. She played a critical role for a sales organization and coordinated efforts among customers, sales reps, and shipping. Many of the customers were schools. Donna is interested in personal development and management training and enjoys Kid Chess because leadership and working well with others attracts her to this environment. She enjoys classical piano, corporate volunteering for community projects, as well as caring for the elderly, and dining with friends and family. She believes in Kid Chess because of the leadership, analytical skills, and friendships that develop as the kids learn to play. Kid Chess is a rewarding program for everyone involved.
Chris was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up playing chess at home with his father. After moving to Atlanta, he continued playing chess throughout middle and high school. The president of his high school chess club, he competed both individually and with his high school team in many tournaments, taking second place in the individual tournament his junior year. During college he continued playing casual variants such as bughouse, blitz, and bullet chess. In addition to chess, Chris’s main hobby is other competitive card and board games. He owns over 100 games that he play regularly with friends around Atlanta. He revels in the opportunity to teach others and help them learn to love board games as much as he does.
Peggy Casstevens was born in Dallas, Texas and was taught how to play chess as an elementary school student by her older brother. After attending the University of North Texas and then getting married, she moved to Georgia in 1991 with her husband. Her main focus after moving to the Atlanta area was on raising her three children as a stay-at-home mom, volunteering as an elementary school tutor, Sunday school teacher and working as a caregiver for the elderly. She taught her three children how to play chess in elementary school, two of which attended Kid Chess in one of the first classes taught in the Atlanta metro area by the founder, Justin Morrison. She loves working with young children while they are learning the game of chess and developing chess skills.
Richard's life passion is to learn and to help others. He has been playing chess since he was 12 years old and describes himself as an intermediate player. Currently, Richard is attending college majoring in English Education and would like to obtain a career in education. Richard has tutored students while attending Gainesville College teaching middle school students as well as adults. He has taught English to Koreans and also tutored college students in Spanish and French. In his spare time, he enjoys jujitsu.
Dan Woodard joined Kid Chess in March 2009 after working as an attorney and IT professional. Dan is currently the president of Quantum Leap Solutions, a management and leadership consulting firm. He also has expertise working with young adults in a mentoring program called Rising Star. Dan learned chess from his grandfather at the age of seven and played chess competitively for the Chess Club in college and high school. He believes that learning chess is one of the best ways to teach young people how to think internally and to plan ahead, both essential skills in today's world. He has a B.S. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, AL.
Jim Lawhon learned chess from his father and cousin while a third grader in the "Fischer boom" of 1972-73. An Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, Jim graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor degree in Chemistry and a U.S. Army commission. He is an active tournament chess player and won the Atlanta Chess Center Championship in 1996. He has served as a tournament director, as Vice President of the Georgia Chess Association, and as Editor of Georgia Chess magazine in the 1990s. Jim is a real estate property expert with Euharlee Creek Properties LLC and also teaches financial development seminars. In addition to chess, Jim is a student of history and enjoys reading, writing and golf. He is excited to have the opportunity to work with Kid Chess and share his love and knowledge of chess with children.
Will graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration. He has lived in Midtown the majority of his life, but has also lived and gone to school abroad. Having been taught chess by a relative, he has played since he was very young. He has been a camp counselor and enjoys working with children. Other interests include playing golf and snowboarding. When not working with Kid Chess he facilitates and manages fund-raising projects for public services.
Daniel loves to play chess recreationally and plans to enter some tournaments in the near future. He has over 5 years of teaching experience from kindergarten to 6th grade, specializing in science. He attended Florida Atlantic University and has an undergrad degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. In his spare time, he enjoys devoting time to his family, likes writing lyrics for music and also enjoys athletics. Daniel is currently a personal trainer and has performed Cardiac and Pulmonary rehab at Broward General Medical Center. Also, he volunteers for the American Heart Association.
Ed is a class A USCF rated player who was introduced at a very early age to the game of chess. His older brother explained how the pieces moved and he won the first game he ever played. He then went on to play his first tournament in Mississippi Junior Championship and won as well. Ed is a retired engineer who is enjoying his grandchildren along with his wife. Ed continues to pursue his love of the game as a Kid Chess instructor having joined the team in January 2009. He now shares his passion for chess with many young students, encouraging them to develop their own skills and grow.
Shea Kaste joined the Kid Chess team in 2010. She has a 4 year old daughter and elementary age son. Her son is excited about playing chess and wants to engage in chess games often. She has taught science to elementary age children for 3 years. She has earned a Bachelor of Science at Kennesaw State University. Shea handles projects well coordinating details by collecting and analyzing data for various reports. She is working in our Kid Chess office and also in the classrooms.
Paul Kamau moved to Georgia in 2009 from Kenya. He is currently a student at Kennesaw State University pursuing a degree in Information Systems with concentrations in pre-medicine. He hopes to go on to medical school or pursue a career in the IS field. He enjoys being with kids and helping them the best way possible, and he has two nieces who are really awesome. Paul has been playing chess casually since he was 14 years. He loves swimming and has a membership at Cobb Aquatic Center. Paul enjoys reading and also traveling, London being the last place he's been to outside the US since December 2011. He is a student of foreign languages, French being his favorite. Paul hopes to be fluent by summer 2013 so that he can do a study abroad in France.
John moved to Atlanta from NE Ohio in 2009. He joined Kid Chess in February of 2010. John is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, with a degree in Middle School Education. He has been a head coach in girls' volleyball, and boys' basketball. John loves the safe and stimulating environment Kid Chess creates for kids. In addition, he said, "Chess is the best game there is, for the social and cognitive development of children."
Jordan is a psychology major who has transferred from Georgia Perimeter College to Kennesaw State University in pursuant of his PHD. He wants to become a child psychologist and eventually start a non-profit program for lower income families to help with their education and have a sports introduction into this process as well. Jordan was President of his chess club at GA Perimeter and has also set up tournaments. He plays chess regularly with his friends and local clubs. Jordan is comfortable with children as he has taught his younger sister to play chess and enjoys time with his own young child. In the past, he has also refereed football, worked with high school, middle school and little league kids.
Lacey Berhannan was born in Silver Springs, Maryland, but was raised and went to high school in Norcross, GA. She first began playing chess with her dad at age 8 and has continued to play casually since then. Her adversary most days, is her husband who is currently on a winning streak. Lacey attended the University of Missouri, where she attained a bachelors degree in journalism. Lacey has been working with children for eight years and has run two after school programs. As a new mom Lacey has come to enjoy being home with her son during the day learning from him and laughing with him. She plans to further her education in the spring and obtain a master's of arts in teaching.
Eugene Motz was born in Arad, Romania in 1957. He immigrated to the United States in 1978. He attended Los Angeles City College and UCLA. He began playing chess when he was 13 and has a USCF rating of 2076.
"I love chess with a passion - whether it's playing in a local club, competing in a major tournament, organizing a local event, or giving lessons to my students, chess is my life."
Renee’ Joyner-Garrett is a native of Queens, New York, moving to Georgia with her family in 1994. While in New York she has acquired a B.S. in Human Service from Metropolitan College of New York formerly known as Audrey Cohen College. Renee’ has earned the standard for achievement of Summa Cum Laude and was listed in the 1993 Honor Society. In 2008, Renee’ completed her graduate studies at Argosy University – Atlanta in Community Counseling. She has worked extensively with children and adults for over sixteen years who were deemed “at-risk.” Her work has involved Program Development, Implementation, and Teaching within non-profit entities such as prisons, homeless shelters, and schools. She is currently employed as a Substitute Teacher within the Fulton County School system in elementary, middle and high schools mostly in classes involving students with behavioral disorders, special education needs, and Early Intervention.
Renee’ was taught to play chess by her husband, and enjoys the game because it teaches the necessary components for life’s skills involving discipline and concentration. She believes that Kid Chess is certainly integrating these components into the lives of these young players. Her hobbies lie within the creative arts inclusive of writing poetry, singing, painting, drawing and teaching.
Jaimie graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Pretending - or as the school wrote on her diploma - Theatre! In the past, she has taught ballet, gymnastics, and physical education, to pre-school aged children. Jaimie learned how to play chess at the ripe young age of 10 and has been a casual chess players since. In her spare time she runs her own photography company, enjoys karaoke with friends, breakdances, and has got some moves like Jagger.
Dionne grew up in Hamilton NJ, attended Kean University where she received her Undergraduate Degree. She moved to GA and started her career in management and training at AT&T. While working there, she received her Master’s Degree in Management from Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta GA. After 14 years, she expanded her horizon in the field of early childhood learning and received her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. She became a Director of an Early Learning Center for 6 years. While there, she taught two classes to K4 and Kindergarten students: American Sign Language, where she has been a church interpreter for the Deaf for over 10 years; and “Confident Kids” a Bible based life skills curriculum created by Linda Sibley offering games, skits and small group discussions to help young children up to age 12 deal with the stresses of living in today's world. She became a certified Laughter Yoga Leader - a new health movement in which anyone can learn to laugh for no reason without the use of jokes, humor or comedy. Dionne worked for Georgia Public Broadcasting for 6 years. She also worked for 2 years as an after teacher for Primrose Schools. Understanding how chess improves your cognitive, analytical, abstract and logical thinking, Dionne insisted that her boys learn at an early age but thought it was too complicated for her to learn as an adult over 30. Since then, she has learned the game and now is considered a casual player, showing that life is for learning. Dionne is proud that she takes the time to give back, by donating to the RED CROSS up to 6 times a year. In her spare time, she runs a home-based business as an independent agent contractor selling advertised products and services. Her favorite quote is: If the student hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught.
Mike Gordon has played tournament chess for almost 40 years and in more than 30 states. He has achieved USCF expert ratings in both over the board and correspondence play. He also has served as editor of the Georgia Chess Magazine. Mike holds a BS in Economics from the University of Florida and an MBA in Finance from Florida State. He is recently retired from a 32 year career as Logistics Manager at the Atlanta Journal- Constitution and is enjoying teaching and playing chess. Mike likes working with kids and has been a volunteer with Big Brothers of Atlanta.
Rennie has been playing chess for over forty years, starting in high school in Jamaica. At 16, Rennie placed second in the national high school championships and had a FIDE rating of 1683. Since then, he has played in tournaments and simultaneous exhibitions with FIDE Masters. Rennie has a BS degree in Mathematics from St Augustine's College and a MS degree in Management Studies from Carleton University. Rennie enjoys teaching children: he has taught Math to students at all levels and is also a certified tennis and soccer coach.
Jordan is a current college student at Kennesaw State on break as he is working two jobs the other being at Publix Supermarkets. Jordan is the son of Tory Page a former trophy coach at Kid Chess. He taught Jordan how to play at an early age. Jordan became an avid player but stopped playing to be more involved in sports and other activities. Now he has became more enthusiastic about chess than ever. He enjoys reading chess books, he plays online, and he plans on entering upcoming tournaments. Jordan has had some experience working with kids. He was one of the counselors for a summer church camp in Forsyth, and he was a coach for a sports camp that was apart of a missions trip in New Orleans. In his spare time Jordan likes watching sports, going to the gym, and staying up to date in politics. He's also ventured in to realm of amateur standup comedy and "No" that is not the punchline.
Bill Noyes has been playing at chess since 1972 and started working with Kid Chess in 1998, when he created the company's first web site. Originally a MVS and OS/390 mainframe systems programmer, Bill designed, implemented, and continues to maintain the KidChess.com website, and brings over two decades worth of professional data processing experience, standards, and procedures to his work at Kid Chess. He is a former newsletter editor and Vice-President of the Georgia Chess Association, as well as former secretary and President of the Decatur Chess club. Bill was webmaster to the Georgia Chess Association's Website GeorgiaChess.org, which under his administration was named Best State Chess Website in 2004, 2005, and 2006 by the Chess Journalists of America. Bill is also a classical pianist, playing the works of composers such as Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Franck.