About Me

Studying a position at the NM Closed :) Photo Credit: Will Barela

Hello! 

I'm Eddie Wyckoff, hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I like chess!  This noble game, with its predecessors spanning back more than a millennium, involves a surprising juxtaposition of simplistic rules and complex, logical game play.  A beauty exists in this characteristic, as each person interested in chess can choose to delve in as shallow or as deep as they like. Like a respected, oft repeated proverb states: "chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink, and an elephant may bathe."

I offer a FREE, no obligation initial session, after which you can decide if I am the right chess coach for you.  I cover all aspects of the game (opening, middlegame, and endgame), and have taught a seasoned variety of age levels. My experience:

Skills

> Weekly serial chess columnist for the Albuquerque Journal (Jan. 2017-present).
> Author of the book series Chess Puzzle Learning Levels (Volumes I & II; published in 2016, 2018).
> Article featured in "My Best Move," a column in the national magazine Chess Life (Nov. 2017).
> Published a joint study with GM Pal Benko in same publication (Jun. 2013).
> USCF Expert with a rating currently at 2044.
(see my USCF page here)

> Top finisher in several local tournament events, including the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Open, Reserve Section (2014, 1st place); Albuquerque Open (2017, 1st place); NM Closed Championship (2017, shared 2nd place).

Leadership Positions
 
> Former assistant coach of Learner's Chess Academy's Saturday advanced class for an enthusiastic group of chess students aged 10+ (2017).

> Current volunteer tournament manager (TM), service representative (SR), chess adviser (CA), and volunteer programmer for the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS).
 
> Coded LectureNova, a free bot that runs on FICS giving automated lectures and allowing access to a comprehensive, updated chess dictionary.

> Volunteered teaching elementary school students at my former elementary school, Zia Elementary, through their Building the Brain program.

Education

> Currently pursuing an M.A. in Secondary Education with Licensure (science concentration); student-teaching in the 2018-2019 school year. (I like teaching kids!)

> B.S. Chemistry, UNM Class of 2018. Graduated with cum laude baccalaureate honors.

Cost

$50-100/month depending on cost sharing, number of lessons, and other factors. Some scholarships provided for need.

Contact

Eddie Wyckoff
thatchessguy@gmail.com
(505)206-1351