About Chess.com

About Chess.com

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Sep 2, 2010, 12:00 AM |
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Chess.com is #1 in online chess... But who are we? Where did Chess.com come from? Where are we going?

The Beginning
Chess.com started in 2005 when two friends — Jay and Erik (that's me!) — decided the world needed a better chess website. We met 10 years earlier in college, where I first became addicted to chess — and Jay was the chess club president. We became friends through our shared passion for the game.

There were places to play online, but none of them felt like home. We imagined a site where people could build their chess home online and all in one place: to play in a safe and friendly environment, find friends, save their games, tell their chess stories, share ideas, and learn from each other.

I was mid-way through a graduate degree at Stanford and all of my classmates were taking jobs in finance or hot tech companies. But I turned down job offers (including Facebook!) to follow the dream of building the greatest chess site the world had ever seen. And I convinced Jay’s wife to let him join me! Luckily enough, we found out that “chess.com” was coming available in a bankruptcy auction, and we bought the name.

Over the next several years, Jay and I poured our life savings, our hearts, and most of our waking hours into building Chess.com. But we never imagined what it is today!

 

Chess.com Today
- Chess.com hosts more than one million chess games every day. It’s crazy. Even we can’t believe it!

- Chess.com employs more than 100 people as programmers, content editors, and member support. This team is entirely virtual (no office) and represents 12 countries!

- Chess.com supports more than 50 world class chess players, coaches, and professionals by paying them to create awesome content.

 

Our Values
Chess.com tries to be more than a chess site. We strive to be a community where chess fans from around the world can feel safe and happy while they grow as chess players. Here's what we believe in:

- Kindness: We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. We encourage everyone to follow the golden rule of treating others how you would like to be treated. Be kind!

- Learning: You never lose when you learn! Life and chess are both about learning, growing, experimenting, failing and then getting back up again with greater knowledge and understanding.

- Joy: We believe in fun, smiles, laughter, and in creating enjoyable experiences for everyone. Chess can be pure joy! The beauty of the game and the pure satisfaction of moving chess pieces around a board… exhilarating!

 

Meet The Team


SUPPORT

shaun Shaun - Director of Support

I wear two hats for Chess.com. First, I'm here to make sure technical problems do not get in the way of your chess experience. Secondly, I edit the chess news articles to make sure their content sparkles. In my personal life I like to play tournament chess (badly), write sci-fi and fantasy literature (slightly better than I play chess), and enjoy long walks on the . . . wait, what is this blurb for again?

patzer24 Matt - Billing & Member Services

I am the man who takes care of your every billing and membership need. I also do a lot of behind the scenes tasks in the up keep of the chess end of things on the website. Chess is my life, that is why I am here, duh! When I am not on here doing what I do you will probably find me at a real life chess tournament.

Brenda Alex - Customer Experience

I help members get the most out of their Chess.com membership. Before this role I was a Live Chess Presenter, Chess TV Moderator, and Live Chess Moderator for 3 years. When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife, playing chess, and fast cars.

amelia Amelia - Member Support

I help out with member support along with my amazing teammates on Chess.com. We are like the Three Amigos, except there are more than three of us. Wherever there is injustice, we'll be there, whenever there is disconnection, you will find us. . . here. I am highly motivated by gratitude for a job well done. I enjoy mountain biking, going to the beach, hanging out with my nieces, and teaching Public Speaking at the college level. I like collecting jokes, listening to music, and sharing meals with friends. I am a cancer survivor. My ultimate idea of a good time is a spontaneous dance party where there is endless guacamole.

jaclyn Jaclyn - Member Support

I work on the small things to keep everyone happy so that you guys can focus on your skills Outside of work, I like spending time with my two dachshunds (Schnitzel and Luna) and keeping up with new technology trends.

Kayt Kisha - Member Support

Hi! Dobry Den! Hola! Hallo! I've been playing chess (F2F and on chess.com) since 2008. (Hey, that rhymes...) I'm a global kind of girl. I'm Panamanian-American! My second home is Czech Republic! I have lived all over the world. Traveling is my second love. My first, of course, is chess When I'm not online at chess.com I am probably: playing my guitar, looking for the next great band, writing your favorite viral web content, editing magazines, knitting, doing yoga, cooking some vegetarian meal, training for half marathons, or running through some terminal in an airport. Really, I'm just your typical girl next door with a chess obsession.

I love helping people and making them happy I'm here to help you whenever you have a question. I also am a firm believer that in order to be happy at life, you should be nice and have fun.

BrotherJosh Josh - Member Support & ChessTV Production

I am Joshua Sampson, AKA BrotherJosh. I am a member of the support team and The ChessTV Product manager. In my spare time, I like to spend it with my family, Bread making, and Karaoke!

Brenda Brenda - Member Support

Hello, I'm with Chess.com Support Team! If you have questions or concerns, please ask away! I have 2 beautiful kids who keep me on my toes! On my own time ( if I have any left) I typically end up at a coffee shop! I absolutely love coffee. So If I ever go MIA, you now know where to find me! I'm also a huge fan of inspirational quotes, I feel like they help me see a whole new perspective of life! Here is one of my favorites: "As you get older, what you look like on the outside becomes less and less of an issue, and who you are on the inside becomes the primary point of interest. You eventually realize that beauty has almost nothing to do with looks; it's who you are as a person, how you make others feel about themselves, and most importantly how you feel about yourself."- Unknown.

Auxilia Amanda - Member Support

Hi there! My name is Auxilia (or Amanda, offline), and I feel INCREDIBLY LUCKY to work as a member of Support for the best chess website that ever was or ever will be. wink While I'm fascinated by the psychological battleground that is chess (anyone read Art of Learning by Waitzkin?!) and could discuss it for hours, I'm happiest when I'm directly helping others--whether by answering a question for you (!), cracking a joke while waiting in a long line, cooking some elaborate vegetarian meal for my boyfriend, or ​providing utility to my team in League of Legends! xD My other favorites include yoga, fitness, listening to Podcasts, and blundering all of my pieces, especially in entirely winnable games. My closest thing to a "hate" is chilly weather, but somehow have lived my entire life between 41-43°

monitor Gerard - Cheat Detection, Data Analyst + Statistics Research

Monger of cheese, scrumper of fruit, exponent of England, complainer of merit.

david David - Site Moderator & Abuse Monitor

Helping to Keep It Clean by identifying and removing stuff we don't want, like fake spam accounts and other material that I encounter on my chess.com virtual travels.

ReesesHangingPieces Rich - Abuse and Cheat Detection

I keep Chess.com clean and fun for honest players.


CONTENT

DanielRensch IM Daniel Rensch - Vice President of Content

Try to say "I do chess for a living..." and not smile. You can't. It's impossible. Seriously, I'm the luckiest guy in the room: A Chess Professional who somehow managed to turn his love and knowledge of the game into the best job in the world! Though I don't play much actual chess myself these days, I'm proud to be the guy in charge of all the chess content you enjoy here. I take every chance I get to record videos and host Chess/TV shows myself, but "in between sets", I'm fortunate to work with an amazing team of amazing people doing amazing things.

Love the wife. Love the kids. Love the life.

SimonMTL Simon McNamara - Assistant to Danny Rensch

My name is Simon. I'm a proper hockey-loving Canadian boy who loves his poutines. Otherwise, I'm the Director of Professional Relations for Chess.com and I work as Danny's assistant on a variety of projects. I mostly handle communications with all the different contributors and partners we have. I'm also involved with various tasks related to the content you see and enjoy on the site. I feel really lucky to be working for such a great company. It was a dream come true when Erik (CEO Erik!) called me for an interview. I thought it was a prank at first! A week later, I was on the team, meeting with everyone who makes this site so amazing. I'm one of the few employees that members will interact with and I feel responsible for representing everyone else who works here, and their hard work, when I talk to members, partners, contributors or anyone else really. Glad to be on the team and looking forward to helping Chess.com become even better! P.S. If you're wondering if I get Danny coffee... that's between me and him!

mikeklein FM Mike Klein - Director of Content

FM stands for Fun Master. My favorite chess piece is the pencil on the scoresheet. I like writing about chess more than playing in tournaments, and Chess.com weirdly allows this blasphemous mindset. I'll take it! I report on tournaments, do live commentary, edit lots of videos and articles, and keep Chesskid.com running smoothly. I'm like a slightly older, less loquacious, lower-rated version of Danny. I like to travel, play tennis, bike, and play with my kitten, Ipso Facto.

peterdoggers Peter Doggers - Director of Content

Besides many different "little things", I am responsible for keeping you updated on the chess news. As a chess fan I can hardly imagine a better job, so I feel lucky and privileged to be able to do this for a living! I founded ChessVibes.com in 2007. In September 2013, Chess.com "proposed" to ChessVibes, and ChessVibes said yes! My site was acquired, and I was hired full time. The result? A great chess platform with great content (ahum). I live in Amsterdam with my girlfriend and Miep, our lovely cat. I like outdoor activities and (rock) music. And chess, of course!

Pete - Senior Editor

I am the senior editor at Chess.com.

My duties include managing the content calendar, maintaining editorial quality, and working with the rest of our talented staff to bring you the best chess articles, videos, and news on Chess.com and on its social media.

I am perhaps best-known for my aptly named column, "Pete's Pathetic Chess."

mjpennywark Michael - Director of Media Production

As a video editing guru, I put together the videos and make ChessTV better.

I also direct short films and enjoy writing for a variety of publications. I'm often found in the gym when not playing chess or spending time with my awesome wife. 

sofiawahdat Sofia - Video Editor

I do video editing for the awesome chess.com users looking to learn chess from some incredible masters. I was born and raised in the NY Metropolitan area, but I love to travel. My two favorite countries that I have visited are Lebanon and Incredible India, but I look forward to traveling to many more spell-binding countries soon! I am about to be married to my king and hope to have a few pawns running around soon after.

M3tthew Matt T - Motion Designer

I do motions designs & explainer videos. My passions in life: cycling, boxing, playing music & spending time with my wife.

Marinche88 Marina - Graphic Artist

I’m a graphic designer, loving everything related to design, art and travel. Worked on lots of amazing projects, most notable are Gambit and now Chess.com. In my free time I enjoy drawing and painting or spending time with my fiancé and my two Beagles Molly and Fanta.

SamCopeland NM Sam Copeland - Director of Social Media & International Content

For as long as I can remember, I've been enthusiastically blundering pieces. Gradually, my zeal for chess has lead me to more opportunities as a chess coach, instructor, and writer. In 2014, I started a company, Strategery: Chess and Games, to teach children in my hometown how to play the royal game.

Chess.com has been both my favorite place to play and train chess and my best resource for private and group coaching, and I'm excited to work for the Chess.com team, helping to edit and write some of the great content chess.com puts out every day."

gregshahade IM Greg Shahade - Pro Chess League Commissioner

Hi I’m Greg! I’m an International Chess Master who loves to travel, dance and do CrossFit in his spare time. I’m the founder of the United States Chess School and the founder/commissioner of the PRO Chess League.


INTERNATIONAL CONTENT & TRANSLATIONS

shinokk Stefan - Director of Internationalization

A multilingual chess enthusiast who likes to combine his passions to make awesome things happen. What you should know about me: Jeg elsker sjakk og språk! but don’t quote me on that, I’m still learning Norwegian.

If I’m not playing chess, I’m busy managing things related to Chess.com translation. If I’m not translating… well, I’m playing chess!

luisfsiles FM Luis Fernández Siles - Spanish Content

Writing articles, recording videos and doing broadcasting for the spanish language audience. Happy to be part of this great family :) Actor, and magician in my youth. Currently editor and director of Capakhine (spanish chess kids magazine). Youtuber, blogger and chess lover.

blitzstream NM Kevin Bordi - French Content
inesgoni Ines - Spanish Translations

¡Hi! My name's Inés and I am responsible for the translation of Chess.com articles, reports, and other materials into Spanish. I work together with my dear colleague David Kaufmann so that Chess.com's Spanish-speaking users can read the best-quality material in their own language. I don't play chess myself but I am married to a GM so I have some insight into professional chess life :wink: There are many things I love doing in my free time, but my main hobby is singing! Feel free to check out my music band Mississippi Queen & The Wet Dogs on social media. Hope you enjoy what we do!

maria WFM Maria Emelianova - Russian Translations

Russian photographer, former chess player (WFM). have Masters degree in IT, photojournalism additional education from Moscow State University. love traveling, languages, cats and good food.

mateusz_dubinski CM Mateusz Dubiński - Polish Translations

My name is Mateusz. I am from Poland. I have been playing chess since I was 6. I am almost 2300 rated player and my goal is to break that magical point so I can be the FM. I study law and hope to graduate it soon. My biggest hobby is basketball, I watch NBA games (my favourite team is Miami Heat) and read a lot about it. Besides I like playing snooker and tennis.

ranittan Carlos - Portugese Translations

In the 1960's, when I'd be in the high school cafeteria with my friends trying to squeaze a game of chess in between classes, we could hardly imagine a world where you could play chess anytime with just about anyone on the planet. I also couldn't imagine that one day I'd be contributing to the one site that does it best. Thank you Chess.com for making it possible and thank you to those that transformed that vision into a reality!

Gerhard Gerhard - German Translations

Born and graduated school in Munich (Germany). Later moved to Liverpool (England), Moscow (Russia), Chisinau (Moldova) and Bucharest (Romania). Now back in Munich. Was co/webmaster of the site www.jelena-dokic.com back in 2000, and since then always working in all sort of online activities.


TECH

bcurtis Ben - CTO

I started as a website developer with Jay, coding on Chess.com since just a few months after it was born. There are many developers now focused on many systems, and as Architect my job it to keep all of these different pieces talking and coordinated, and as we grow and a new feature or infrastructure change is needed then I design how it fits into the whole. Outside of work, I write screenplays and am finishing my first novel — it must be a long-term passion, because I've been "finishing" it for years now.

marcosdsanchez Marcos - Senior PHP Developer

I'm in charge of creating awesome features and fixing bugs on the website. When I'm not coding, I like to spend time with my family or drive to beautiful places near my city (beach or mountains). I like music, good food and tv shows. I'm a huge beatles fan.

termleech Chuck - Web Dev

I'm one of the developers for Chess.com. I consider my self a full stack developer though these days I tend to spend most of my time on the front end of things, specially the Javascript.

yneves Yuri - Front-end & Javascript Developer

I've been a chess.com enthusiast long before i joined the team and i'm very excited to be part of it now. When i'm not coding professionaly, i'm coding for fun or getting a new tattoo.

yaroslavrudiak Yaroslav - Front-end Developer

Every specialist has their own priorities at work. The most important principle for me is to be detail-oriented. I am sure that the sense of easy intuitive interface is in details. Each pixel plays its own role.

echosa Brian - Developer

I’ve been programming for fun since the mid 90’s and professionally since 2000. I enjoy learning and trying new languages and software, and I always find something new to apply to what I already know. Here at Chess.com, I work mostly as a PHP developer, but I also toss my hat into the front-end arena as well. Outside of work, when I’m not programming for fun, I’m a musician, a lyricist, a dragon collector, and occasionally a haiku writer. I also enjoy curling, Dota 2, and tea… lots and lots of tea.

pawnmorphy Dan - Developer

I'm Dan Vignes, born in New Orleans but grew up and reside a few miles east in the city of Pass Christian, MS. I got hooked up with chess.com by replying to a really old job advertisement and talking with Erik for a few months! I’ve been brought on as a Web Developer and you’ll probably see me first doing things like getting master games rocking, random tickets, and some cool features coming down the pipe. I’ve been a professional developer for 12+ years, all over the place stack wise, and I couldn’t be more pumped to be a part of the team! When I’m not dev’ing I enjoy aggravating my two little girls and wife, doing things around my community, and of course playing Chess!

Michael Jablecki Michael - PHP Developer

A programmer by trade, an amateur musician, photographer, cook, board and video gamer, productivity nut and incredibly lucky husband.

Interested in the internet from the beginning. It’s a privilege to have seen the world both before and after the internet changed it. When interviewing for my first job with a tech company, the hiring manager specifically remarked, “you really love internet.” It seemed strange to hear it then, but in retrospect it was a most keen observation.

trockey89 Aleksandar - Developer

All around back-end developer. If I'm not coding, I'm either eating or driving. Going wherever I can go, enjoying nature and medieval architecture (and often combining it with coding).

kalifg Michael - Developer

Husband and father to two beautiful daughters and six quirky canines.

Testing/ Caching/ Doctrine/ MySQL guy. DevOps/Tools contributor. I enjoy working in multiple different languages and debugging tricky issues.

slavchoo Slava - PHP Developer

I’m a Symfony developer, my main projects at Chess.com is Clubs, Content i18n stuff, Lessons and Drills. I’m passionate snowboarder. Love traveling, books, workouts

ShonM Shon - PHP Developer

I help other developers get things done.

vladapopster Vladimir - PHP Developer

Developing web applications by using PHP is my main occupation in last five years. I am passionate about Web technologies and creating new features on the Internet and make it a better place to live in. I am helping Chess.com to provide better API integration within our system. I am Web Developer, coming from Belgrade, Serbia. When I am not programming, I like to spend some time with my two awesome kids, enjoying in long mountain walks, sports, fishing, hanging out with my friends. Also I like to travel and meet other cultures and new peoples.

zarkostankovic86 Zarko - PHP Developer

I'm the guy who brings modern RESTful API to awesome Chess.com platform so our mobile applications get even better! Very passionate programmer, good friend, like to play sports, travel, hang out with my friends and everything that is considered good in life I also play guitar and since music is one of the most important things in my life, I like to play it often

chirieac Adrian - JavaScript Developer

I'm building a cool 3D chess board using WebGL. I'm a man who likes cats, wolf howls and tries to improve himself!

roland Roland - Director of Research

Among the many many qualifications that typically do not appear on my resume, I:
- have managed five winning political campaigns
- can operate a patch clamp and a flow cytometer
- was expelled from Johns Hopkins and disqualified from Jeopardy!, which both start with J
- have an Erdős number of 3

I also consider myself to be a professional yodeler, because someone once bought me a drink after karaoke, which is technically compensation.

dgus Daniel - Statistical Research

Currently crunching chess games and extracting statistically interesting and potentially product-izable models. Outside of work, I enjoy playing chess, travelling, skiing, hikes with my dog, cooking ...and more importantly, eating!

Nathan Nathan - Engine Master

I'm the guy in charge of the chess engine here at Chess.com.

dwcoates Dodge - Chess Programmer

I'm a math, programming, Emacs, boxing/MMA, and Dota 2 nerd. I work on chess engines and analysis for chess.com, which means I'm legally allowed to use them in all of my games (just kidding...)

AndyJessop Andy - Full-stack Developer

I’m a front-end developer who absolutely loves chess. It’s been enlightening to work with such forward-thinking people, on a game that I love and truly believe in, is a dream come true.

rangogligoric Goran - Developer

Programmer dedicated to jank-busting throughout the website therefore making chess.com the ideal place for all chess lovers. Dragonfly enthusiast, chasing Odonata across Europe with my beloved girlfriend.

kainovic Marko - Full-stack Developer

I solve problems, as Mr. Winston Wolfe would say - the only difference is I solve programming problems.

vetalt Vitaliy - PHP Developer

I am in charge of moving the site to new engine, making things fast and reliable. Beside the work I am just a family guy.

umpirsky Saša - Developer

When you play chess from the comfort of your home chair know that there is an awesome team behind it which takes care that it runs smoothly behind the scenes. I am a small piece of that puzzle.

andreamorandini Andrea - Developer

I'm working on API related projects and all that stuff you don't care until it doesn't work. In free time I like to read when my girlfriend doesn't push me to ride our bikes or go to the swimming pool

robictoniemakomu Piotrek - Live Chess Lead Developer

I am a software engineer working on a backend part of chess.com with the main focus on its scalability. Chess has been my passion since I was a kid. Besides, I'm a family guy who loves football.

piotr Piotr - Live Chess Architect

I've been here from the very beginning mainly focused on Live Chess (my passion) and coordinating all related projects and working with amazing people. I like photography and playing board games and I love to spend time with my family.

gena_s Gena - Live Chess Developer

I'm part of Live Chess server team. Clean code is my passion. Besides work (and playing chess, of course) I like to ride my bike around the city and play different active sports outside

shadowc Matias - JavaScript & Live Chess Developer

I work with all things Live Chess and blame Internet Explorer for all my bugs! I'm also a pianist and composer, former classical and now a rock/pop artist.

rododin Nikolay - Live Chess Developer

I'm a Java Developer focused on LiveChess server, LiveChess Client API and other stuff like Chess Bots (computer players), monitoring applications, etc. I'm also a fan of Star Wars May the Force be with You!

igor Igor - Systems Administrator

I take care of the servers/network/backups and other systems infrastructure stuff. When not working I either spend time with my family or do an occasional outdoors recreational activity.

jwilson_chess Jeremy - Systems Administrator

I’ve been fascinated with computers and electronics from from a young age so it was only natural that I turned it into my profession, which I’ve been doing now for over 20 years. I specialize in infrastructure design and management of large scale, fault tolerant UNIX systems. In my spare time I work on classic cars and pinball machines from neglected wrecks to shining jewels - at my core you could say I am all about fixing and improving things.

grzegorzmysliwiec Gregor - Systems Administrator

I've played chess a little for fun as a child, then I started to deal with mathematics and computer science and spend years designing and improving complex information systems, now is the time to play chess again :). My job is to make sure that we will always be ready to welcome any number of new players and clubs on board. In my free time, I love outdoor activities, especially long-distance trail running that makes me feel really, really tired when I reach the destination, and... I like this feeling.

shaneeller Shane - DevOps / MongoDB / Data Developer

The first chess game I played was on my Commodore 64, and I've been playing ever since. I'm super excited to on the chess.com team where I'll be helping keep your game data safe and the servers online. When I'm not being a professional nerd you'll usually find me being a volunteer nerd at my local maker space. I've been a developer of some description for almost 20 years, and in that time I've learned a few things about myself... I love data, excuses to play with new databases, and Dev/Ops. So imagine my surprise when I saw a job posting on Chess.com for a Mongo dude that wasn't afraid to jump in and start throwing data around. I might be paraphrasing the job post a bit. :) So a few days later here I am! I'm looking forward to helping out on the Mongo project and anywhere else Chess.com needs an extra set of hands.

smilesrg Sergey - Big Data Engineer

I had my first experience with programming and computers when I was 8 years old. And near that age I was taught to play chess by my father. I was impressed by both things and now I'm working as developer and big data engineer at Chess.com - what could be better? In my free time I like to go play sports or listen to live music somewhere.

querylanguage Jesse - SysAdmin/Komodo Handyman

The better part of my days pass through the bash command line. On paper I "do system administration" which means I sit type and concentrate with the intensity of a perhaps-drawn endgame played in time trouble. Came to chess.com from Komodo. Away from the computer I am a musician, a writer and an inventive mad-scientist type musing over this and that.

wistcc Winner - Developer

I love software development from the very first time I met it, It's a passion for me. When I'm not programming professionally, I'm doing some on my own just for fun. I enjoy to learn new things, spend time with my family and travel.

haxatrax Jesse - Developer

I’m a developer here at chess.com working on the front end team to redesign features and make it easier to play chess. I’ve been programming since before Myspace was the new Friendster, and have written code for things like websites, medical lasers, clocks, and guitar amps. When I’m not on the internet I’m drinking coffee, playing guitar, watching movies, or drinking more coffee.

stevan_r Stevan - Developer

Right now, I am PHP developer at Chess.com which is really fun for me. It puts me in a position to be able to work on very interesting chess features. Currently I am responsible for the push notifications and some parts of the API side. Outside of work, I like to play tennis. My friend taught me the basic things, so it's something my friends and I do and hopefully my son and I will play together one day. I also enjoy skiing and driving go karts. It makes me feel relaxed. Someday, I hope to switch to F1 :)

spiderbytes Norm - Engine Developer

I do systems admin, engineering, programming, projects, and engine testing Outside of work, I play guitar, and enjoy drinking fine Belgian beers and watching sports.

oswaldo Oswaldo - Front-end Developer

I've been playing chess since my childhood when my grandfather taught me, so this has sentimental value for me. Another thing I love is working, I swear ... coding, I love new technologies and new ways to solve problems (yes, a nerd). I am also a father with two daughters, they are what moves me, my reason for living.

Alexander Alexander - Front-end Developer

I'm front-end developer at Chess.com. I prefer to spend free from development time with my family. Among my hobbies, there are football, bodybuilding, and books reading. I also prefer active rest, fishing and traveling. I spend a lot of time with my son. He totally enters into my feelings for fantasy genre: Star Wars, Star Track, Marvel and DC Universe. Chess has been opened for me from another angle. I never thought I'd get so fascinated by them. Now I not only watch movies about Hulk and Iron Man with my son, but we are constantly improving our chess skills together.

drewjbartlett Drew - Front-end Developer
SimulatedGREG Greg - Front-end Developer
Kevin Kevin - Full-stack Developer

Hi! I'm a Full Stack Engineer with Chess working on anything I can break! I played chess on my high school team a long time ago, but today I get to play chess by writing JavaScript. I love TV shows (golden age indeed), fretting about computer hardware, and am passionate about web application development.

Stas Stas - Developer

I've been playing chess since I was 5 years old. Even played professionally between 6-13 years old. Currently, I'm working as software developer and use mindset that chess and maths helped me develop in my childhood. My current achievements are a merit of chess and mathematics.

Joe Joe - Chess Developer

I work for Chess.com doing software development on four-player chess - and a new feature of the site that will be public soon!

LucienHMaloney Lucien - Front-end / Chess Developer

I am one of the newer members to chess.com front-end team, and I am pumped to start implementing some new features! I've always been fascinated by all the different ideas that can come out of chess, whether it be variants, analysis, programming, or something else. In fact, wanting to visualize a game of chess was the whole reason I got into the front-end, and it's the kind of draw that keeps bringing me back. Chess and programming go together like peanut butter and jelly, and I want to make some sandwiches!

Mikhail Mikhail - Front-end Developer

I'm a frontend-developer and my job is to make sure that chess.com work properly, loads fast and looks nice in all browsers for all platforms.

Andrew Andrew - Front-end Developer

Whether it’s writing music, building side projects, or crafting new sauce recipes, I find myself constantly creating and tinkering. I live in Bend, Oregon, and try to spend as much time away from the noise of civilization.

ganya555 Dmitriy - Front-end Developer

I'm front-end developer from Ukraine. In free from work time i'd like to spend time with my small kid, watch movies, play online games. Working in Chess.com is incredible. I've never worked before with such big team of professionals dedicated to their cause. No doubts, it is important to be dedicated to your business, and I will do my best to make Chess.com better and better.

MartynChamberlin Martyn - Front-end Developer

I love designing and developing for the browser. It's a clean slate, a blank canvas, that can be painted and modified at no cost other than time. As a front-end developer, my favorite programming language is JavaScript. It's a joy working with the incredible team at Chess.com and helping people have a digital experience of their favorite game. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and running around the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and spending time with my wife.


ANDROID TEAM

lucasurbas Lucas - Senior Android Developer

I'm excited to join the Chess.com team as an Android developer. I always saw chess as a mother of all games. It's a classic you always come back to and you can never be bored with. In my free time I hike, travel and practice water-sports - I'm part of a dragon boat racing team. I'm minimalist, passionate about good design and art. Ramen is my favorite dish. Happy playing!

vladimirmalykhin Vladimir M - Android Developer

I'm a Java and Android Developer and I enjoy working at the best company in the world! :-) I live in Ukraine but speak Russian. I spend my free time with my daughter and wife.

patches Patches - Android Developer
chessebuss Jesse - Android Developer

My name is Jesse and I'm an Android developer from Minnesota. When I'm not programming I'm playing chess very poorly, exercising, reading, drinking coffee and wine, and hanging out with my wife, 2 boys and dog.


iOS TEAM

pedrobolanos Pedro B - iOS Developer

I'm an iOS developer who likes to lay out user interfaces until they look pixel perfect! I also like learning about new technologies, and making sure that coding standards and best practices are being followed. I also like developing and designing games! In my free time I love to watch and play soccer, and to goof around with my nephews!

faisal Faisal - iOS Developer

I work on iPhone/iPad app and serving Chess.com users is the best feeling I've ever had throughout my career. I think that the universe is a discrete continuity system where every distance is infinite and zero at the same time. Yeap, that's right. I'm crazy!

Anton Anton - iOS Developer

I'm an iOS developer and a mathematician (or mathemagician if I'm feeling funny that day). Here at Chess.com (the best place to work in the world) I work mainly on front-end features for iPhones and iPads, so if you can think of something to make our app even more mind-bogglingly awesome than it already is, hit me up!
In my spare time I like to be just absolutely terrible at chess (no, really, it's quite embarrassing), and I'm a voracious reader of all things sci-fi and fantasy.

waqas Waqas - iOS Developer

Being a chess.com user since 2009, working with this awesome team has been a priceless opportunity. I get to develop and improve the app I've been using for so long! Before diving into iOS development, I've worked mostly as a game developer and founded two game companies - Half Fried Games and IQ Friends. In my free time, I read, play chess and watch tv (also animes, One Piece is my favorite!)


CHESSKID

Carey Carey - CEO of ChessKid

Hi, my name is Carey, and I'm the head of Chesskid. You could say that this role is perfect for me, because I love chess, and I am a kid at heart! My role is to try to make the Chess experience for kids, coaches and teachers as fun and impactful as possible, and I've got a great team to work with. Outside of work, I love to play Chess (naturally), poker, be a nerd about all things tech and business related, and spend time with my boys.

ChessKidGirl Christine - Project Manager

I reach out to schools and youth organizations across the country & around the world - to introduce them to ChessKid.com and show how their students can learn and connect through chess. If you work with a large scholastic program, I'm here to help get your program organized, active, and make ChessKid.com easy to use. I'm also lucky to represent ChessKid.com in person at on-site events and tournaments. Stop by & say hi!

bojanpejic5 Bojan - PHP Developer

I'm working every day to make ChessKid.com more and more amazing, and I'm happy to be a member of such a great team! I love to play soccer and I'm playing it from my age of 8, in last 14 years I'm an active player of a local club. Beside sports, I like to travel and visit new places and learn about cultures, hang out with friends, watch a good movie or tv show for relaxing.

rafaqf Rafa- Front-end Developer

After playing chess on Chess.com for some years, I started to work for ChessKid.com as frontend developer... and I'm so happy! I really enjoy making our page look awesome and helping those little masters to improve their chess skills. I've also been a musician for more than the half of my life - a drummer, precussionist, music producer and DJ. I live in Berlin, where I have several music projects with my friends, rock and electronic ones. My life swings between my work at Chess.com and my music. Chess, love and rock'n'roll!

Rodrigo Rodrigo- PHP Developer

I work on developing ChessKid, improving the site and adding new features! For fun I like to learn a little about everything, play and watch soccer, and travel to chess tournaments with my love Vanessa. We met at a local chess club here in Miami and now we have a lovely family.

lackovic10 Ivan - PHP Developer

I work on developing features for the next version of chess.com including articles, news, lessons... I am also helping the new API team fix bugs and build a new version of the API. I like to play all kinds of sports, mostly basketball, tennis, handball etc, and also like to travel a lot and party

fischwitsch NM Dane Mattson - Curriculum

I am a curriculum specialist at ChessKid which entails writing, editing, and recording material. Outside of work, I enjoy playing chess, bicycling, and hiking. I also enjoy organizing community events that raise awareness to the cognitive and social benefits of chess. As a National Master, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States to compete in chess tournaments. I enjoy traveling to new places and meeting new people, and am excited to be a member of the Chess Kid team!

NasarUllahKhan Nasar - Graphic Artist

I work as an artist for ChessKid.com. I create cartoon illustrations and do short animations of chess pieces and try bring them to life. I love to create art, cartoons, games and eat pizza :-). Its been awesome experience working with Chess.com team!

tessaschools Tessa - Director of Social Media Marketing & Engagement and Chess.com Support Member

Hi, my name is Tessa! I am in charge of the ChessKid.com social media posts and conversations. My job is to stay connected with chess education and Chess Kids around the world in order to share info, pictures, and news that will benefit teachers, coaches, and parents of ChessKids. As a professional singer-songwriter, I spend the rest of my time performing and making music in whatever ways I can. Which reminds me, I also get to write/sing parody songs about chess - https://youtu.be/Ut22hTc0Qdw!

LadyWolf Naomi - Account Specialist

Hey Chessers! I’m just your friendly, neighborhood member support person, here to help you in any way I can. I love to create smiles and hopefully will be able to solve any of your problems =) About me? I love my job, my kid, my dog, my life! I don’t have time for much else but if I did, I’d be out riding my motorcycle to the local billiards club to school some boys in 9-ball. Afterwards, I’d sing some karaoke and dance the night away, then fall asleep reading about flying a dragon

The secret to life = be content with what you have, in this, you will find happiness.

AZMichelle Michelle - Director of Marketing & Client Relations Chesskid.com

Knowing that playing chess helps children develop the 21st century skills they need in this fast-paced world, I hope to make chess as accessible to them as possible. I love connecting with coaches, teachers, schools & districts around the world to help with getting their program started on ChessKid.com. I'm here to help you implement ChessKid.com into your program, show you how to get your kids active, and to offer support and guidance every step of the way!


PRODUCT

ignoble Dallin - VP of Product Design

I do my best to help make Chess.com simple, easy, and fun to use. My passions in life include spending time with my wife and kids, running, cycling, snowboarding, hiking, camping, sushi, experiential learning, and creating cool stuff.

jdcannon Jonathan - Project Management, Mod Manager & QA

I'm JD! You'll see my fingerprints all over the site! I head up the MOD Team, answer support tickets, some video metadata editing and helping Tiger create and update video guides as well as occasionally co-hosting Chess Thearpy and Melik & Me! Like many of you, I'm aspiring to get that coveted NM title! Hopefully in the next couple years!

I wish you all the best of luck and I hope to see you around on Chess.com!

deepgreene Michael - QA and iOS Project Manager

In return for helping to design cool new features, I get to play with them first - and then tease everyone about it on Facebook & Twitter. I actually do still enjoy chess quite a bit, but I also love to stay a few steps ahead of my inner lazy slob by running at least 20 miles a week.

Paul Paul - Android QA & Content

QA and content creator for chess.com. Learned chess at 24, and at 44 I love the game even more! Enjoy playing, enjoy learning...Oh, and I NEVER RESIGN!

Milan Milan - Senior QA and Android Project Manager

I am a member of the Product team which serves as a quality gate between development and actual users, and do PM stuff for Android team. I love my job as it requires understanding of the whole solution, playing with new features first and being involved in the process behind the scene. Programming for fun and/or personal projects. Cars and mechanical watches enthusiast. Other than chess where I am still on the bottom of the learning curve, I sing, play the piano and travel as much as I can. I live in Belgrade with my girlfriend, a pack of German Boxers and one Boston Terrier terrorist.

Tyler Tyler - QA & About Page

I've been here at Chess.com since February of 2015 when I joined as the youngest staff member to date (at age 15!) Today, I continue to be a part of the product/quality-assurance team, having had my hand in a wide variety of projects related to Chess.com and its various platforms (ChessKid, Gambit, and the mobile apps for all three). Today, I continue to have a hand in much of the main Chess.com website and mobile QA on the continued rewrites & redesign, as well as in a variety of other projects including the Chess.com Slackbot (which I helped write with Stas). Additionally, I help make this page (about) look fresh, amazing, and up-to-date with the many awesome hires that Chess.com makes. When I am not testing Chess.com's new features, I am a Chess.com Partner Streamer, a video editor for my YouTube Channel, and an amateur PHP/Javascript web-developer, while also studying hard and persuing a career path of IT & Networking at College.


BUSINESS

erik Erik - CEO

My job is to hire people smarter than me - and I did! I am the luckiest person in the world to work with such amazing people on such a meaningful project like Chess.com. I am an avid chess player and love meeting random players from around the world - maybe I will see you over the board!

lee Lee - COO

Husband, father, patzer. Jack of all trades, master of none. Hidden talents include being able to explain the rules of games really well and tying animal balloons. For real.

jay Jay - Advisor

Here from the beginning! I guide the company in the right direction on the tech front. I love to golf and play video games!

mycogen Misi - Advisor

I am an advisor to Chess.com. I believe that the modern Internet is perfect for intellectual gaming and chess is the most popular human mind game. An avid chess fan and player myself, I am very enthusiastic about the success of Chess.com and enjoy my role in helping the team. I am Hungarian/Russian and I work in venture capital where I get to meet and help many talented entrepreneurs.

brenan Brenan - VP of Operations and Marketing

I manage our ad inventory, demand generation, marketing optimization, and general business operations. I'm a professional snow/skateboarder; not in the sense that I actually get paid to do it or that I am any good, but I do handle myself professionally. Fortunately, I love internet business and marketing too!

David K David K - Marketing, Analytics, and Growth

I started in the chess world when I was 4 years old and at 15 I discovered my passion for the business and marketing world, specially applied to chess. After so many great experiences, I am really proud to be able to contribute to the best chess website in the world in the areas of Online Marketing, Analytics, Business Intelligence and growth strategies.


VOLUNTEERS

Chess.com thanks and recognizes those that volunteer their time to making Chess.com a better and more friendly place. From moderating live chess chats to the forums, bringing chess content to twitch for others to enjoy and and even to hours of relaying the top chess games from top chess events, no job is a thankless one! A list of all of our volunteers that help keep Chess.com the #1 chess site can be found at the following links:

mods Chess.com Moderators
tv-mods Chess TV Moderators
Streamers Streamers

Join the Official Chess.com Streamers Club

Become a Chess.com Partner Streamer


CONTRIBUTORS

ChessMarkstheSpot ChessMarkstheSpot (Mark) - Chess.com/TV Group Manager and Co-Founder
RookedOnChess RookedOnChess (Donna) - Chess.com/TV Group Manager and Co-Founder
Kairav Kairav Joshi - President of Chess.com University

 

brucepandolfini NM Bruce Pandolfini - Articles

 

danheisman NM Dan Heisman - ChessTV & Articles

 

EugenePerelshteyn GM Eugene Perelshteyn- Articles & Lessons

 

batgirl batgirl - Articles

 

JoseDiaz Jose Diaz - Chess Cartoons

 

Silman IM Jeremy Silman - Articles

 

Gserper IM Gregory Serper - Articles

 

TigerChess Tiger - Articles

 

Julio_Becerra GM Julio Becerra - Articles

 

vbhat GM Vinay Bhat - Articles

 

DanielNaroditsky GM Daniel Naroditsky - Articles

 

energia WIM Iryna Zenyuk - Articles

 

thamizhan GM Magesh Chandran Panchanathan - Articles

 

arunabi GM Arun Prasad - Articles

 

GMMelik GM Melikset Khachiyan - ChessTV & Videos

 

Ben Finegold GM Ben Finegold - ChessTV & Videos

 

mauriceashley GM Maurice Ashley - Videos

 

vmikhalevski GM Victor Mikhalevski - Videos

 

Irochka83 GM Irina Krush - ChessTV & Videos
MacMolner GM Mackenzie Molner - Videos

 

axvesik WGM Tatev Abrahamyan - ChessTV & Videos

 

wcachess IM Rusa Goletiani - Videos

 

alisa_melekhina FM Alisa Melekhina - Videos

 

superblysse GM Alexander Shabalov - ChessTV

 

RLH2 GM Robert Hess - ChessTV

 

HongKongJohn John Sargent - ChessTV

 

CamillaB WGM Camilla Baginskaite - Videos

 

jfriedel GM Josh Friedel - Videos & ChessTV

 

Shankland GM Sam Shankland - Videos & ChessTV

 

ImmortalTechnique FM Elliott Liu - Videos & ChessTV

 

TigerLilov IM Valeri Lilov - Videos

 

JRLOK GM Roman Dzindzichashvili - Videos

 

Natalia_Pogonina WGM Natalia Pogonina - Articles

 

AlexYermo GM Alex Yermolinsky - Videos & ChessTV

 

Keaton87 IM Keaton Kiewra - Videos

 

Ginger_GM GM Simon Williams - Videos

 

kaidanov GM Gregory Kaidanov - Videos

 

dbojkov GM Dejan Bojkov - Articles, Videos & Lessons

 

Nezhmet IM Mark Ginsburg - Videos & ChessTV
Trendle IM Thomas Rendle - Videos & ChessTV

 

AlexanderL GM Alex Lenderman - Videos

 

MusicCityMaster FM Todd Andrews - Videos

 

hellokostya FM Kostya Kavutskiy - Videos & Articles

 

BryanSmith GM Bryan Smith - Articles & Lessons

 

JoelBchess FM Joel Banawa - Lessons

 

DavidPetty David Petty - Friend and ChessKid Contributor

 

jon Jon - Friend and Technical Advisor
alien_roger Roger - Android Friend
retired_workaholic Jules (kohai) - Friend & Original Site Mom
ajessu Albert - Friend
ChessGamertag Timothy - Friend &Consultant
mathguyma mathguyma - Abuse Detection Advisor & Friend
dpruess IM David Pruess - Advisor & Caster

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