About Chess.com

About Chess.com‎

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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


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/Membership Support

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.

Alex Alex - Retention & Cheat Detection

I help members get the most out of their Chess.com membership and do cheat detection. When I'm not working I enjoy hiking, playing chess, and fast cars.

kayt Kayt - Member Support

Hey Everyone! My friends call me Kayt! When I'm not working on the site, you will find me writing short stories or screenplays, knitting, playing guitar, or playing video games. My favorite outdoor activities are swimming and hiking. I love studying the theories behind chess openings. My favorite opening will always be the accelerated dragon. If you see me on the site, say hi! I forgot to mention that I'm addicted to chess memes. Have a great day!

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.

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! happy 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.

Amanda Amanda - Member Support

Hi there! My name is Amanda, and I feel INCREDIBLY LUCKY to work as a member of Support for the best chess website that ever was or ever will be. ;) While I'm fascinated by the psychological battleground that is chess (I highly recommend The 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 an elaborate meal for my fiancé, 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° N... :( Hope everyone enjoys the site!

jaclyn Jaclyn - Member Support

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

Brotherjosh Josh - Member Support

Josh! Chess.com support! Karaoke is my JAM! Stay Classy!

Vecchi Igor - Member Support

Hey guys! My name is Igor and I provide support in Portuguese (and English) here at Chess.com. I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie novels, Sci-fi and any nature-related topics. When I’m not working, you can find me reading, playing chess (of course :D) or taking my dogs for a walk. I feel privileged to be part of the team and I must say I couldn't have asked for better teammates =)

Faizi Faizi - Member Support

Hi, I am Faizi! I love to make people happy by fixing their problems and that's the reason I am here now at Chess.com to make our members happy. I love mountains and natural places so when I am not at work, you will find me travelling to hill stations.

Nich Nicholas - Member Support (French)

Bonjour à tous, I do French translation and support, along with a few other odds and ends. I live in the Burgundy region of France, but I love to travel. When I'm not working, I'm playing chess!

RoamingCoyote Robert - Member Support

kayt Darvin - Member Support

See how happy that puppy looks on my profile picture? That's exactly how I felt when I become part of the awesome Chess.com support team! I get to work with a company that shares the same passion, Chess! Got scholar's mated in a bullet game? or Got a stalemate in a 100% winning position? I have experienced them all and I know how that feels! If you have questions in mind, feel free to send me a message and I'd be happy to answer and provide solutions for you!

Lukasz Lukasz - Member Support

I help people for a living! I'm a big fan of chess, boxing and traveling, passionate about psychology and economy.

doctor-fox Mohamed - Member Support

Hi! I'm Mohamed! It's an honor to join Chess.com Support Team I'm also good at playing chess and I'm always up for a challenge! I spend most of my time reading, I'm interested in psychology and related topics and I love making new friends! I enjoy both loud music and soothing vibes, pray for the lyrics..!♥

Tawna Tawna - Member Support Specialist

Mike Mike - Member Support Specialist

I'm from the Philippines and I love chess! Not good at it though. XD

Hagen Hagen - Member Support

zaneb3 Zane - Member Support

Born in the States, and now in Mexico after finding the love of my life. I have learned to love the things I am passionate about even if I don't feel it is an 'adult hobby.' Family is always close to my hear, they support my dreamchasing from afar and never stopped believing in me.

golden Golden - Member Support

When I'm not busy castling or solving people's problems, you can find me reading some fiction or re-watching episodes of Black Mirror.

kronos Kristina - Member Support

kuzu6 Kuzu - Member Support

I learned how to play chess when I was about 4 years old and love the game ever since. I find any sort of intellectual challenge pleasing.

Werner - Member Support
Joel - Member Support
Dave Dave - Support Knowledgebase Manager

Hello! On the support team I work on keeping FAQ articles and the support page in general up to date, accurate and helpful! In my spare time I like to read, write fiction, and play chess and go, and I’m editor at a small fiction magazine!

monitor Gerard - Head of Cheat Detection

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

reeseshangingpieces Rich - Cheat Detection

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

zoranbeograd Zoran - Abuse Reports & Content Moderator

Profanity erodes society values so profoundly, although may provide a relief under certain circumstances. We should be noble enough in lieu of indolent toward abuse.

Amethyst-Cat David - Junior AI Researcher

Hi! I'm a FIDE Master and I've been traveling the world playing chess since I was 8. I am very excited and honored to continue my chess journey researching AI at chess.com!

Victoria Victoria - Member Support Specialist

Играла профессионально в детстве. Имела 1 разряд. Перевела приложение этого сайта и сам сайт на грузинский и частично на русский :)

syraethial Greta - Member Support Specialist

Long-time "Let's Play" gamer who loves to stream on Twitch while playing favorite games or exploring new ones with friends. Proud military veteran, 3D art hobbyist, crazy cat lady, and unabashed karaoke enthusiast.

Kaluki Kevin - Fair Play Analyst

Hawaii local currently living in Las Vegas.

Evergreen_Warrior Ashish - Member Support Specialist

Hello everyone! I work as Chess.com support and I feel honored to be a part of this amazing team. If you have any question or doubts you are most welcome to ask me. You can also find me active in so many activities on Chess.com. Besides this I love to workout and watch Rugby and Cricket.


danielrensch IMDanny Rensch - Chief Chess Officer

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.

SamCopeland NMSam Copeland - Director of 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.

PeterDoggers Peter Doggers - Director of News & Events

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!

MikeKlein FMMike Klein - Senior Reporter

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.

IsaacSteincamp Isaac - Content & PR

Hi I’m Isaac! Having been both a Partnered Streamer for chess.com and a General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers in the PRO Chess League, I’m really excited to work with chess.com in any way I can! I’ve been playing chess competitively for over 15 years, and finally earned the USCF Candidate Master title in the 2015 Pan-American Collegiate Chess Championships. I’m currently a senior studying economics at the University of Pittsburgh, and in my spare time I’m a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

SimonMTL Simon - Streamer & Events Manager

My name is Simon. I'm a proper hockey-loving Canadian chess player. Otherwise, I'm Events and Streamer Manager for Chess.com. I take care of most of our competitions and events. 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 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!

MiraKireva Mira - Event Coordinator

Hello Chess.com community!

ChesscomChris Chris - Partnership Coordinator

Hi all! My name is Chris. I'm an internet person doing internet person things like helping to bring great content to both chess.com/tv and helping the many great people who stream chess on Twitch and other platforms! If you have an idea about a cool event you would love to see on your computer or TV screen, send me a PM!

aranhawaii Aran - Head of Esports

Aran "Mr. Producer" Graham combines all of our graphic assets and tech equipment in-studio and on-location to produce our live tournament coverage in partnership with Twitch.tv, helping elevate Chess as an Esport. You can also watch Aran make a fool out of himself for your entertainment at www.twitch.tv/aranhawaii where he and his wife play chess and other games together.

PinNumber Jaron - Content Designer

I'm Jaron, I was a former Chessbrah intern and now a designer for Chess.com content on Twitch. I became a designer because I was bad at psychology, then I became a poet because I was bad at design, then I went back to design because I was even worse at poetry.

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.

Fischwitsch NM Dane Mattson - Curriculum Specialist

I am a curriculum specialist at Chess.com & 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!

altermanharris Harris - Social Media Manager

Hello! I help spread the word about chess through the wonderful world of social media. I'm an amateur chess player myself but always trying to get better. I live in Brooklyn, NY and I'm also a comedian. I don't have any jokes about chess yet, I'm sorry, I will work on that and get back to you.

coachjkane NMJeremy Kane - Curriculum

I’m a curriculum creator at chess.com. I work on creating and editing educational material primarily for our Mastery courses. Outside of work I play a lot of blitz (often right here) and spend time with me wife and toddler age son.

gregshahade IMGreg 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.

M3tthew Matt - Motion Designer

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

ColinStapczynski Colin - Director of Written Content

Colin loves his life on the 64 squares. He started teaching chess in 2001 and achieved the USCF expert rating in 2002. After streaming and coaching for many years, Colin joined Chess.com as a writer and lived happily ever after.

raync910 Ray - Editor

Writing and editing have been part of my life since my teenage years as has chess. Finally, I have ascended to my life’s destination, not as a chess player, but as a chess scribe. Chess.com amazes me and I am so honored to contribute editorially. I also enjoy writing about chess as well as my experiences as a barbecue judge and an observer of the American South.

GrantOen Grant - Leagues Administrator

I've always been in love with the chess world - as a player, teacher, fan, tournament director, organizer, official, and volunteer. Some of you may know me from my work at the Charlotte Chess Center and US Chess Federation. As Leagues Administrator, I manage the Clubs League and Nationals League right here on Chess.com. When I'm not doing something chess-related (yeah right!), I enjoy poker, ping pong, dogs, travel, and checking my email.

AlexandarZ Aleksandar - Video Producer

An amateur Chess player, semi-professional Bass player, professional Video Producer for ChessKid. FunMasterMike's "little helper". Husband of The One, father of two!

PedroPinhata Pedro - SEO Content Creator

Hi! I am a content writer at Chess.com, and I'm here to help you learn more about this incredible game! Besides doing that, I am also a Portuguese teacher and run my own blog where I help people learn my beautiful native language.

lefthandsketch Greg - Dr. Wolf Lesson Writer

Born in Florida where my grandmother first taught me chess, I moved to NYC in 2002 and have lived in Brooklyn ever since. I have directed chess tournaments for numerous affiliates including the Marshall Chess Club, and taught scholastic chess in Williamsburg Brooklyn for the last 8 years.

bikfoot Bik - Event Producer

Hi! Name is Wouter Bik, and I live in a small village somewhere in The Netherlands where I spend my days streaming chess and being an event producer for chess.com! I also recently rescued a puppy from the shelter that was living on the streets of Romania, so that was a big reason as of why I quit my previous job in cyber security and join chess.com

I started streaming about 3 years ago for the chessbrahs, and a few months later I started my own channel. Proud to say that I was one of the first to achieve the partner badge on my own!

Drop me a follow, and stay awesome https://www.twitch.tv/bikfoot

sampsonrocks Rebekah - Content Correspondence Assistant

Tonj3 Airton - Video Editor

Video editor at Chess.com. Passionate for Chess.

domino_15 Trym - Community Manager

I'm 25 years old and have been playing chess my whole life. Even though I wished I played more serious in my youth, I am happy about finding the love for studying the game in later years and my goal of achieving a title still stands.

branislavninkovic Branislav - Video / Audio Producer

I am audio and video producer, music composer, guitar player and singer.

willwhalen Will - Social Media Assistant

I am a Content Creator and Media Assistant at Chess.com and help out with all things social media.

emilya18 Emily - Video Editor

Hello everyone! I fell in love with video editing at a young age, so it feels like a dream come true to able to work as a video editor, doing something I am passionate about every day. I learned to play chess here at Chess.com, and I have been enjoying this game ever since. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my cockatiel, play videogames, watch soccer, and practice guitar or bass.

International Content

Stefan 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!

AquivaRubinstein FMMario Gavilan Diaz - Translator (Spanish)

Hey everyone! I work as a translator for Chess.com, converting mainly news and articles from English into Spanish. I am also a FM, rated close to 2300, and a chess coach. I'm deeply in love with chess and languages, so I dare say that this is the perfect spot for me! I have a dream: to make chess so popular one day that it will no longer be a minority sport.

donlopez José - Social Media Manager (Spanish)

Hello everyone! I make sure that you see all the content we produce for the Spanish-speaking community on social networks. I have been playing chess since I was 5 years old, and to be honest, I would like to get that FM title one day! I am also a lover of basketball and sports in general. Have fun on the best chess website!

marignon Yury - Director of Content (Russian)

Translator, interpreter and chess enthusiast. I appreciate reading about chess more than playing, so my focus is to provide our Russian audience with topical chess news every day. Other interests: chess history and uncommon chess variants.

vladdobrov GMVladimir Dobrov - Content Manager (Russian)

I love chess from all of my heart from early years and from day to day from year to year I open new themes in this wonderful game. I have been to more than 80 countries so far, I have met many fantastic people. I wish you all to become happy and to become more friendly in this world. Regards! And of course good luck on your own board of life!

MissLovaLova WFMMaria Emelianova - Social Media Manager (Russian)

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.

Rakesh IMRakesh Kulkarni - Director of Content (India)

Hello Everyone! Besides various little things, I am mainly responsible to keep Titled players happy on the site. Right from verifying their accounts to handling any needs of our titled users. After completing my own IM title, I joined Chess.com full time in November, 2018. I am also the Director of Indian Social Media and the Director of Indian Business Development, ChessKid. I live in Mumbai, India and in my free time, I like to travel, trying out different cuisines and listening to instrumental music. I feel blessed to be working at Chess.com ~ The World's #1 Chess website!

NiranjanNavalgund FMNiranjan Navalgund - Social Manager (India)

Namaste! I'm Niranjan and work as a community manager for Chess.com India. When I'm not teaching, practicing or playing chess, you can find me reading something on my Kindle with Chai or writing my next story. I live in Belagavi, India and hope to visit a Panda zoo someday.

Blitzstream NM Kevin Bordi - Director of Content (French)

I make videos and live broadcasts for the French language audience. I have played chess since my childhood and always enjoyed the game. I'm not really fond of long time controls, and I stopped my "career" at 18. I play the game for fun and for the beautiful games.

robin-side FM Samy Robin - Translator and Social Media Manager (French)

I am a chess and words lover, so what can be possibly better than wirting about chess? I enjoy playing tournaments around the world, always in a romantic style, what i mean is:pawns are made to be sacrificed, and the Blackmar Diemer gambit will always remain my epic lover.

GMKrikor GM Krikor Mekhitarian - Director of Content (Portugese)

Hi! I'm a streamer and commentator for official events. I started playing chess at 7 and haven't looked back since. I graduated in Business Administration, but chess has always been my passion and my work (which is tricky sometimes!). My family is from Armenia, a country with a big tradition in chess, I use that to scare my opponents, and make them think I'm really good! It's been amazing to be part of this great team, and I look forward to be able to help bringing great content and streams for Portuguese-speaking users in the years to come.

Fortitudine NM Wellington Albuquerque Jr. - Social Media Manager (Portuguese)

I'm a Brazilian chess lover, and I live chess in its essence, as a teacher, player and arbiter. I am delighted to be part of the Chess.com team and to help bring more content and interaction to the Portuguese-speaking public, including being a streamer on Twitch.

clau_maki Claudia - Translator (Portuguese)

I'm from Brazil, and I'm a chess arbiter and photographer. And now, I'm also the Portuguese translator for Chess.com. For me, it's an honor to be part of this team!

DrBergerBerger IM Steve Berger - Director of Content (German)

I'm an International Master from Berlin, and I'm self employed as a Chess trainer and author since August 2017. I joined the Chess.com team in October 2019 to help create content for the German community on Chess.com.

Merlin2017 Gerhard - Translator (German)

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.

bothox Bo - Social Media Manager (German)

My name is Bo, and I spread the word for the german-speaking chess.com-community. I am the team manager of the Pro Chess League-Team "Berlin Bears/German Bears" and have been playing chess since I was 9. In another life, I was a professional Slam Poet, founder of a Chess Ultras Association and reigning Pub Quiz Champion.

naycir Nigarhan - Director of Content (Turkish)

I do everything for our lovely Turkish community on chess.com! Video editing, translations, social media management, streaming, tournaments… and the list goes on. You can also see me performing serial king sacrifices on my streams, which are available both in Turkish and English. I am a PhD student, and I've recently become a part of SLU chess team (Yaaaay!). I love photography, traveling to exotic places and cats! Did I mention I really really like chess?

dawidczerw FM Dawid Czerw - Content Creator and Social Media Manager (Polish)

Chess and talking are my favorite activities, so creating content for Chess.com's Polish users is the best job I ever had! I am involved in every part of Polish chess.com: creating videos, streaming, writing and translating. As a player, I am currently trying to reach my IM title - I need "only" two more norms ;)

Mateusz_Dubinski CMMateusz Dubiński - Polish Translator

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.

parthenope WFM Maria De Rosa - Director of Content (Italian)

Hi everyone! For Chess.com's friends, I am simply Maria, and I am from Naples, Italy. I learned to play chess at the age of 6 thanks to my uncle Antonio! I was three-time Italian Women's Chess Champion, and I played four times in the Italian Olympic Chess Team. I am a FIDE Instructor, and I teach chess in schools. And among many other things, I also became Chess.com's Streamer :)

JonathanTisdall GM Jonathan Tisdall - Social Media Manager (Norwegian)

Grandmaster. Journalist/Trainer/Author/Pundit. 3 time Norwegian champion. US-born, Norway-based. Former editor of federation mag Norsk Sjakkblad, current co-editor of same.

chessinside Jinsoo - Translator and Social Media Manager (Korean)

Hi, my name is Jinsoo Seong, aka Chessinsde, from South Korea. Chess.com had been my dream job since I started playing chess at age of 23 and I became the luckiest man in the world! I make Korean contents for the community and I do anything to develop chess industry in Korea. As you can easily find top Korean players in other games such as Starcraft, League of Legends and Go (Alternative game to chess for a long time in Korea), you will be able to see top Korean chess players in the near future! :)

BayBak Anar - Azerbaijan Community Manager

Hello everyone! I met chess at the age of 14 and since then I wanted to become a great chess player. But at the age of 16 I had to leave my professional career without any title or great success because of my business and studies. Chess.com brought me back to chess at the age of 29, and I have been here for over 10 years. Thanks Chess.com, now I think I will never leave chess.

Kanapov Kanako - Japanese Translator

Sounds like the Russian but talks like the Dutch and plays like the Japanese.

ChessWorldPro Danila - Russian Social Media Manager

GMMatamoros GMCarlos Matamoros - Director of ES Content

First and only GM of Ecuador, FIDE Senior Trainer, Gold and Silver medallist on chess Olympiad


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. :)

jabowocky Mike J - Web Developer, DevOps

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.

marcosdsanchez Marcos - Senior Backend 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.

kalifg Mike D - Senior Backend Developer

Husband, father to two beautiful daughters. Since August 2017, my family and I are digital nomads, traveling the country in our heavily customized 1988 Avion 34X. Known as "Doc", the Doctrine guy. I concentrate on database abstraction/interaction, caching, and testing. I enjoy working in multiple different languages and debugging tricky issues. I've been doing this professionally since 1994 when I got paid to write some scripts in AutoLISP. I installed Slackware from floppies when it was new and I remember when PHP 3 was hot stuff. If I can't claim to bring wisdom to the team I can at least bring experience!

ShonM Shon - DevOps

I help other developers get things done.

ikonic89 Aleksandar - Software Developer, DevOps

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).

vetalt Vitaly - Web Backend Developer

I am in charge of back-end things of the site: tournaments, club matches, puzzles etc. I learn different social aspects of our life, that is why I read a lot about history, economy, politics and other social sciences. I also enjoy listening to music, bbq, hiking, handwork (creating wine or furniture), visiting relatives etc.

vladapopster Vladimir - Software Developer

I am grateful to be able to help that this well oiled machine brings the most funniest chess place in the world. Mostly doing PHP work, translations, TV, videos and improving other part of the site and mobile API. When off of work, I love to spend time with my family, friends, traveling, nature, reading.

stevan_r Stevan - PHP 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 :)

slavchoo Slava - Web 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.

umpirsky Saša - Web 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.

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 happy I also play guitar and since music is one of the most important things in my life, I like to play it often.

wenom_by Alex - Backend Developer

PawnMorphy Dan - Analysis Manager

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!

echosa Brian - Backend Developer / Security Liaison

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.

andreamorandini Andrea - PHP 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.

juan_tellez Juan - PHP Developer

Inspiring challenges, with such a great team, working at Chess, is a diligent coder's dream. Rising from the ashes, of my undergrad days, I found my true calling, in a syntactical maze. ] And when I am struggling, with something I've missed, I take a moment to pause, and remember this: that the greatest logicians, from Plato to Gödel, have struggled to understand, Zeno and his turtle.

jonyjm Jony - Backend Developer

I’m a developer from Argentina, with a truly passion for programming. When I’m not in front of the screens, I love to exercise, travel and spent time with my family.

nikolaposa Nikola - PHP Developer

I work on the elusive back-end portion of the Chess.com website, responsible for building inner workings and core functional logic that runs behind the scenes. Alongside fellow back-end developers, I work hand-in-hand with front-end developers who are involved with outward facing website elements.

andresort Andres - Backend Developer

jokic Jovan - Backend Developer

Working on back-end part of Chess.com website. Looking forward to contributing and learning more alongside all the colleagues in Chess.com
Also fresh father to a son... looking forward to tackling those challenges.
Alongside programming i like traveling (Europe mostly), table tennis, cars and good food (like cooking, but not good at it).

nikonomovski Nikola - PHP Developer

I'm a backend developer from Serbia, apart from programming I enjoy travelling, skiing, reading books and good food :)

mtozzo Michael - Backend Developer

I'm a backend developer from Canada. I love chess, cooking, travelling and playing video games.

Hyzer Joe - CCC Lead Dev

Chess.com developer working on the Computer Chess Championship (CCC)

spacebar Martin - 4PC Developer

Hey there! I’m a big 4-player-chess fan and spent a lot of time adding features to the 4-player chess app. Thanks for playing on Chess.com/4-player-chess

nmrugg Nathan - Engine Master

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

nollaversioit Jussi - Web Dev

Entrepreneur and freelance programmer. I specialize in Laravel and Node.js. I like craft beers, Formula One (unless Kimi quits), The Simpsons and chess. I play mostly bullet chess.

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...)

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.

pawngrubber Paul - Statistics Developer

I stream at https://www.twitch.tv/pawngrubber.
I like to play long games against my viewers and create educational content. Challenge me!

smarterchess NM Matt Jensen - Statistician

I help chess.com run statistics on the Speed Chess Championship series and write statistics articles. I also do some behind the scenes consulting work on a wide range of chess and stats work.

AndrewGrantEthereal Andrew - Analysis Developer

I'm Andrew and I've been interested in computer chess since high-school, where I first began to develop Ethereal. Ethereal slowly but steadily rose over time to become, at a point, the second strongest open-source program available, and the third strongest overall behind Stockfish & Komodo. I'm very active in the computer chess community, and support the development of many other engines through my website and through direct contributions to other engines.

davekoenig FMDavid - Analysis Developer

Former mathematics, test prep, chess, and Scrabble teacher. Software developer since 2009.

elcarlibertoni Carli - Backend Developer

I am a pawn grabber chess newbie part of the engineering team at Chess.com, in my free time I like to play Padel, watch Anime and spend quality time with my wife, family and friends.


termleech Chuck - Front-End Manager

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.

YaroslavRudiak Slavko - Pixel Perfect 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.

chirieac Adrian - JavaScript Programmer

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

kainovic Marko - Front End developer

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

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 and son.

m-pavlov 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.

SimulatedGREG Greg - Front End Developer

Hello, I'm Greg! Been a full-stack JavaScript developer for the past 5 years and I absolutely love everything about my job here at Chess.com, especially the team of awesome people I get to work with. Contributor to open-source work within the electron-userland ecosystem, enjoy Marvel movies, and nightly walks. Attendee and developer of Zeldathon, a video game charity marathon that has raised over $2 million!

alexkidanov 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.

KAMPA1986 Nick - Developer

I am a JavaScript developer and a giant fan of chess. I was a long time chess.com user before joining the team, and I am honored to contribute to this platform that I use everyday. At any given moment you can find me working on new features, fixing and improving existing ones or playing a game of chess!

andrew_haupt Andrew - 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.

AndyJessop Andy - Front End 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 - Front End 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.

pasha_matchak Pasha - Front End Developer

I’m working on implementation of new features, fixing bugs, making visitor’s experience more pleasant. In spare time like to read books, travel and meet not ordinary people.

scottbedard Scott - Front End Developer

Just your average programming nerd who’s also into hockey, cycling, and speedcubing. I’m not a great chess player, but I still love the game and trying to improve!

tshwed Tyler S. - Front End Developer

I'm a part of our front end team. I taught myself to code just after finishing university, and it's pretty surreal that I now get to work on one of my all time favourite sites!

serhiipalamarchuk Serhii P. - Front End Developer

28 y.o. Web Developer from Ukraine

ninojovic Ninoslav - Front End Developer

I am front-end developer and my two biggest passions in life were always gaming and coding and I am very lucky that I can do both while working. Chess was my first game that I fell in love with and I am very happy that I am now part of it's growing community. In my spare times I love playing competitive PC games, watching movies and travel.

jmccarville Jamie - Front End Developer

I am married with two wonderful daughters and we live on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. To pass the cold winters we like to go skiing as a family and in the summer we like to get out and go canoeing and camping. Baketball - NOT hockey - is my favorite sport (Dr. James Naismith was Canadian after all 🇨🇦). I really enjoy playing cards and board games, and my oldest daughter and I play chess. Sometimes I even "let" her win.

jednyc Jed - Frontend Developer

Hi! I'm a developer for the front end team. I'm originally from the island of Guam, now based in LA, and I'm passionate about chess, photography, and Taekwondo. I've been playing blitz games on chess.com since I was 13 years old, so it's great to be coding for a website that I grew up using.

Firee80 Mikael - Frontend Developer

Software development is really something that I enjoy. I have a good knowledge of modern Web development and I focus in the frontend. One of my biggest passion is chess and I also enjoy indoor soccer. My motto in chess is: always play for fun!

aidan-smith Aidan - Software Intern

Aidan Smith is a junior at Mountain View High School with a passion for learning, chess, and computer science. He is currently working working on four player chess.

Olyatest Olya - QA Automation Developer

I am writing automated tests and I am very happy to be part of the Chess.com team.

goondrious Shane - Variants Developer

Fan of 4PC, though not that good

2tp Tyler - Developer

I'm a software developer who loves making chess engines. When I'm not coding, you can find me playing basketball, speed chess, or guitar.


igor Igor - System Architect

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.

querylanguage Jesse - System Administrator & 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.

grzegorzmysliwiec Grzegorz M. - Scalability Architect

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.

gdlug Grzegorz D. - Cloud Engineer

I started looking into Linux and networking in high school and it kinda stuck with me. Since last few years I focus on automation and scalability. Mainly within Kubernetes ecosystem along with AWS/GCP clouds. After hours husband, father and incredibly amateur basketball player :)

debug Mikhail - SysOps/DBA

I have been working with UNIX/Linux and databases for more then 10 years. In chess.com I am mostly focused on databases - maintenance, scaling, performance, query optimization. After work I enjoy my hobbies which are also technical - ATV, snowmobile, DIY, machine tool work, welding.

beepsandboops Kevin - CloudOps Engineer

Interests: Climbing rocks, barefoot running, working on off-road trucks, dogs, then cats ;)


piotr Piotr - Live Server Lead

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.

RobicToNieMaKomu Piotrek - Lead Live Chess 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.

yneves Yuri - Lead 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.

gena Gena - Senior Java 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

marcguilera Marc - Java Developer

I started playing with code by writing small websites when I was a kid and I kind of never stopped! Fast forward a couple of years, today I am helping build the platform that enables players from all over the world to enjoy their favourite game, how cool is that? When not in front of a computer, I like outdoors activities like getting lost in the woods for long hikes.

RodOdin Nik C - LiveChess Developer


naitbit Sebastian - Android Manager

I enjoy solving problems. To do that lately I rely on Kotlin, software architecture and team of talented Android developers ;). I try to find myself new hobby every few years, the latest one were: running, cooking, photography, and recently DMing an D&D campaign.

vladimirmalykhin Vladimir - 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.

lucasurbas Lucas - 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!

nigerianfischer Robert - Android Developer

You can either catch me coding, watching anime, or playing a great game of chess. If its not one of the 3 than its not me :-)..

chalup Jerzy - Android Developer

I'm a programmer, currently working on bringing the "Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf" into the Android world. I love playing with new tech and figuring out how to apply concepts from different areas of software development into my everyday work. Besides programming, I enjoy good coffee, video games, books, and hiking with my wife and kids.


pedrobolanos Pedro - Lead 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!

matiasroldan Matias - iOS Developer

I'm a mobile developer and passionate about AI, Blockchain and chess! I am delighted to work at Chess.com improving and creating new features with an amazing team.

tagirkaZ Tagir - iOS Developer

I have been playing chess since I was 6. I love this beautiful game and I am delighted to contribute to improvement of the iOS application. It is a great and exciting opportunity to work in this amazing team on the product that I have been using for almost 10 years.

guerson24 Guerson - iOS Developer

Hello! I work on the ChessKid iOS app. I believe being a developer is a great way to contribute in pushing the world forward. I love creating great products and architecting solutions to help improve people's lives. On me free time I love lifting weights, running marathons, travelling and learning new skills.

jelizondo8 Jorge - iOS Developer

Since I was a kid I liked computers, I still remember when my parents bought my first computer, an Apple MacBook. It felt like magic, although when I found out that the Mac Operative System did not run games like the Windows computers did the magic wore off. That’s when I started to play the only game that ran in my Mac, chess. To me it seems that I always knew how to play chess, as if I was born knowing the game, of course that is not the case.

nickeyzzz Nikolay - Dr. Wolf Lead Developer

I am Russian living in Thailand. Love chess and programming.


careyfan 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.

LadyWolf Naomi - Project Manager

Hi! I am Naomi/LadyWolf; ChessKid Project Manager. I work on a gazillion different things! Like bringing more languages to the site, adding closed captions to our videos, and identifying bugs and doing quality assurance making sure they're fixed! I love working with ChessKid.com and Chess.com, we are a huge family and I love everyone!

chesskidgirl Christine - Product 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!

AZMichelle Michelle - Director of Marketing & Coach Liaison

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!

MCCLDirector Ranae - Education Director

As a school board member in a high-achieving system, I immediately saw the educational benefits that chess brings to students whether they competed on a chess team or not. Just playing the game for fun has value. I wanted every elementary student to have the opportunity to learn the game because of the critical thinking skills that are developed. Providing all students with a ChessKid account was a great way to do that. I love helping teachers utilize ChessKid in their classrooms and helping them teach kids how to play.

rtejedor Rodrigo - Web Developer

I'm a developer for ChessKid, always working on new features for kids, coaches, and schools. I'm also a father of two little ChessKids. Outside of work I play soccer, compete in local chess tournaments, and read textbooks for fun.

bojanpejic5 Bojan - Web 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.

lackovic10 Ivan - Web 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 happy

rafaqf Rafa - Frontend 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!

oswaldofreitas Oswaldo - Frontend 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.

diegolamarao Diego - Frontend Developer

Working on chess.com is a dream come true for me, because i love chess and i love technology and now i can do both, i'm so proud to work on chess.com on the promising ChessKid project!

name Henrique - Live Chess Developer

Music lover and tech professional, I have a degree on Maths and started working as a developer since graduation. Later I did Master on Multimedia, where I had contact with other fields like music information retrieval, sound design, mobile and game developing. I'm mainly a backend developer and lately I've been working more with Java and Spring Boot, along with some personal experiences with Node.js. Chess is also an interest I hope I can develop now!

NasarUllahKhan Nasar - 2D Animator & Illustrator

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!

livzweig96 Olivia - Social Media Manager

AsTheySayInTheBizCM Liam - Account Manager

Hi I'm Liam! As an account manager at ChessKid.com, I contact and train programs on how ChessKid can best help them. As a chess coach myself, who used ChessKid.com to help build my program, I can talk through my personal experiences for teaching large groups of kids with ChessKid! Outside of work I like to play chess, keep active, and watch sports.

ChessIve94 WIMIvette - Director of ChessKid Espanol

# Julianne - Operations Support

I'm currently a student at Oklahoma State University and when I have the time, I enjoy traveling to new places, trying new foods and watching TV shows!

MZ479 Mark - Events Manager

Mark grew up in New York City and was active throughout his childhood in scholastic chess. He majored in Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts, with a minor in Music Performance (Tuba). Mark has worked for the Minor League Baseball Affiliates of the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Kansas City Royals.

Tropan Dima - Android Developer

I love to listen to music. I prefer anything with loud fast drums and distorted guitars. I also love to play video games, both online and story driven. My go to games are League of Legends, Soulborne series and anything space related. Last but not least, I like to read sci-fi books, to have an occasional hike, to travel and to follow space related news.

Moose2112 Jeff - Education and Curriculum Content Developer

30-year-old homeowner living in one of America's best college towns. Fell in love with Chess at a young age, and remembering why on a daily basis.

dinamu Diana - Events Support & QA Specialist

After more than 10 years working in customer service I have realized that helping people is one of my favorite things to do! I also enjoy traveling and meeting new people, new cultures, new worlds. Oh! It is very important to note that I'm a #1 Fan of cooking and appreciate a good meal with a good movie :)


hissha GMLarry Kaufman - Komodo partner

I was born in 1947 in Washington, D.C. and still live near D.C. I won the American Open Championship in 1966 and was the nation's top rated junior then. I graduated from M.I.T. in 1968, where I worked on the first chess program (MacHack) to earn a rating in human tournaments (mid 1500s). I became a Senior Master and played in my first of four U.S. championships in 1972 (the other three were in the early 2000s). I ran a stock option trading company ("Chess Options") from 1976 to 1986, since then I've worked full time in chess in various aspects. I earned the International Master title in 1980 and was then just outside the world's top 100 according to "Chessmetrics" website. I was chairman of the USCF ratings committe for most of the 1980s, and during that time became the top ranked non-Japanese player of shogi (Japanese chess). Around 1990 I developed several chess programs in partnership with Don Dailey. I reached my highest USCF rating (2538) just before my 50th birthday. In 2008 I won the World Senior Championship and thus became a Grandmaster. I was the number two guy developing Rybka in 2007 and 2008, after which I worked on KomodoChess with the late Don Dailey thru 2013, since then with Mark Lefler. I am currently the top rated U.S. player over age 70 who still competes regularly. I am now writing my fourth chess book. I have three children, one of whom, Raymond Kaufman, is an I.M. I became part of the chess.com family when chess.com purchased a share of KomodoChess at the start of 2018.

komodochesshelp Mark L. - Komodo Chess Programmer

Mark Lefler is an American computer games and chess programmer. He is author of the computer chess program Now and along with Jeff Mallett co-author of the general game playing program Zillions of Games as well a co-founder of the Zillions Development Corporation. In October 2013, Don Dailey introduced Mark Lefler as new member of the Komodo team. Mark graduated in 1981 with a BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His non-computer interests include performing magic, music, and gaming. Mark served as member of the Secretariat of ICGA Investigations in 2011, and superseded Rémi Coulom as Programmers Representative of the ICGA in November 2011. Mark founded Chess Programming Wiki on October 26, 2007.

dpervov Dmitry - Komodo Developer

I'm a C++ developer and I like creating things that can make a computer smarter. I'm interested in system programming, programming languages, compilers, and AI algorithms. Chess has been my hobby for a long time. I wrote my first chess engine more than ten years ago. I like experimenting with chess engines trying to make them better. Now I'm happy to work on the Komodo chess engine in the amazing team of world class chess programmers. In my free time I enjoy running, riding a bike, and playing chess.

VintagePawn Martin - Komodo Support

Assist with Komodo support questions. Also moderate some on the forums and occasional ChessTV event chats. In my free time I hang out with my family, study and play chess, read, and consume too much streaming media.

# Michael - Komodo Developer

computer nerd with a little bit of chess skills


0nestone Peter - ChessBomb Co-Founder

I created ChessBomb back in the time, together with Borislav. Now I work on exciting new features for Chess.com/events and ChessBomb.

bobyrizov Borislav - ChessBomb Co-Founder

Sorsi Sorsi - Chessbomb Broadcaster

Hey, my name is Alexander, but most of you know me as Sorsi. I set up the broadcasts you watch in the event section. If you run a tournament and you want it to be broadcasted live in https://www.chess.com/events/ i am your guy. I am playing chess since i am 5 years old, i got a degree in marketing, but my true love is Bughouse. If you love it as much as i do make sure to check out my articles here: https://www.chess.com/blog/sorsi :)

maria-cb Maria - Content Manager

I'm managing content at ChessBomb, which means that I'm arranging, writing and editing information and keeping chess fans up to date with chess events' broadcasts on ChessBomb via social media. In my free time I like reading, drawing and mountain walks with my family. Being part of Chess.com team is an exiting opportunity to work, learn and enjoy!


dallin Dallin - Chief Product Officer

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.

deepgreene Michael - Director of Communications

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.

adamhale19 Adam - Design Director

Adam Hale is a visual designer with experience in identity and graphics, digital marketing, packaging, advertising and communication, retail and events, and websites. He graduated with a BFA from Art Center College of Design with a focus in Graphic Design. Adam has worked with clients such as Bird Scooters, Taco Bell, Dr Pepper, Pizza Hut, Snapple, Target, Old Navy, and VW.

jdcannon Jonathan - Quality Assurance Manager

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!

protikhin Sasha - Product Designer

I love design and I love chess. I have two cutest kids and an adorable wife. Remote work gives me the opportunity to spend more time with them, so this job is a perfect fit for me. I'm proud to see how chess.com is getting better day by day, but even more, I'm proud to be part of these changes.

marinche88 Marina - Graphic Designer

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.

Marija456 Marija - Graphic Designer

Hi! My name is Marija and I live in Belgrade, Serbia. I spend my free time doing all kinds of activities with my family. I’m having a great time working different tasks related to graphic design, along awesome and fantastic co-workers! I very happy to be part of such a large and wonderful family!

BabYagun Igor D - Project Manager & QA: Live Chess, 4 Player Chess

I like chess and its variants, including 4 Player Chess and Antichess a lot. I started playing chess when I was 5 or 6, but still play like a child.

Milan Milan - Project Manager, Product, Quality Assurance

I am a member of the Product team making sure all those awesome ideas get into the hands of our users. I love my job as it requires understanding the whole solution, playing with new features first and being involved in the process behind the scene. Anything with an engine enthusiast. Playing piano and guitar. I enjoy travelling, movies, playing chess and trying new stuff.

lencedu Dušan - Android QA Specialist

Hi everyone! I’m Dušan and I’m very lucky to be here! When I’m not somewhere out with my friends, running or doing some other sports activity, I like to spend time on this website or mobile app. And now I can do that for a living... Life is good.

felipebolanost Felipe - QA Specialist

I’m part of the QA team, passionate of giving the user the best experience ever. I wonder at how things are designed and how technology is used by people in their day-to-day tasks and activities. My life revolves around all kinds of games: soccer, video games, board games, and close-up magic.

tyler Tyler - QA Specialist

Hi everyone, I’m Tyler! I’ve been a member of the Chess.com website since 2013 and for five years was a member of the QA team! Now, I help go through the Chess.com website to ensure that there is a consistent & positive UX.

MiIjan Miljan - Media Designer

I like to make a game interesting.

LeonFresh Leon - Unity Developer

Passionate about Chess, Gaming and all things Design. Want to be a GM one day but first let's code some cool apps.

Windyrock1 Scott - Project Manager

I'm a Brooklyn-based mobile game product director and game designer that loves helping beginners learn and love classic games, especially chess!

peruanocarlosalcoser Carlos - Director of Design

Carlos can be found designing cool art stuff and developing all sorts of great content. Digital artist by day and a good father by night. When not in front of the backlit device, he likes to hang out with friends, play soccer, and go for drinks occasionally.

leonjandres Juan - Media Designer

Game Artist & Motion Designer. I believe video games should be fun to play and to make!

Amaleki Amaleki - Product Manager

What's up team! 👋I'm Amaleki, and I work with the best team on earth to dream up, build, and improve the way you enjoy chess. For fun I play chess, speed cube, play music, catch with my dog Jack, and watch the office.

valkyrie Aleksandar - QA Specialist

Hi! I'm happy to be part of the team that ensuring a product meets the required quality standards. Spare time spending on the field playing disk golf.

SpiderFerg Aaron - Product Manager

Hey! I’m passionate about empowering people at home and at work. You can’t perform to your fullest without taking a few breaks - at the chess board ;) I’m here to make sure you have an excellent chess experience.


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!

brenan Brenan - COO

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!

dsjoerg David J. - Chief Learning Officer

I work on our Learning products, including our app “Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf”, and a bit of everything else we do. I love games, strategy, math, software development, business, writing, and learning new things, so it feels AMAZING to be able to do all that, with fun and interesting people, for a living. I am also into tennis, barbecue, playing music, and drawing cartoons, but — they are strictly hobbies. My wife and kids and I enjoy living in Brooklyn.

davidkaufmann David K. - Marketing & 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 Search Engine Optimization (SEO), App Store Optimization (ASO) & Growth from SEO Alive, our SEO Agency.

josephsorr Joseph - Director of Growth Marketing

I’m a growth marketer and innovator, with over a decade of experience in strategy, technology, brand and product, and running teams which deliver impactful and meaningful work. At chess.com, my mission to ensure every user is getting the absolute most value out of the site that is best suited to their interest and skill level. When I’m not working I enjoy playing chess, hiking, and photography.

bryce Bryce - Controller

Hi my name is Bryce. I help with anything Accounting, HR, or Operations related. My hobbies include riding bikes, spending time with my family and eating good food. I value meaningful work and relationships and I have found that is what you get at Chess.com.

brendanw Brendan - Director of HR

Step-father of 3 girls, keeper of 2 cats, and curator of all types of musical instruments. Proud and grateful to be able to support the growth and engagement of our amazing team, and do it all remotely! I'm into creating music, continuous self-improvement, and recently (thanks, Bryce :P) have taken up cycling.

rhymeswithgod Saad - Director of Technology

Learning to be less bad at chess. Orbital mechanics by way of Kerbal Space Program. UX that looks and feels like it was actually designed on purpose. Human languages (most recently Hebrew). Cycling. Software that helps people engage intuitively with complex systems.

jay Jay - Chief Technical 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 - Business 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.

Giraffe_Chess NMDave - Business Analyst Intern

Hello! My name is Dave Mohan. I'm a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame, studying Business Analytics with minors in History and Entrepreneurship. I'm also a National Master and have been playing chess for about a decade now! Over the years, I've fallen in love with every aspect of the game, from studying wacky opening traps to travelling across the U.S. for tournaments. In my free time, I love to write poetry, spend time with friends, and take scenic nature walks.


Chess.com recognizes those who give their time to help make Chess.com an even better 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! Please find the volunteers who help keep Chess.com the #1 chess site at the following links:

From all of us here at Chess.com, THANK YOU for your contributions!

Friends of Chess.com

ChessMarkstheSpot Mark - Chess.com/TV Group Manager & Co-Founder
RookedonChess Donna - Chess.com/TV Group Manager and Co-Founder
chessbae94 ChessBae94 - Twitch Chess Queen
RLH2 GMRobert Hess - Commentator and Advisor
AlexandraBotez FM Dalton Perrine - Special Contributor to Chess.com/players
Anna_Rudolf IM Anna Rudolf - Commentator
AlexandraBotez WFM Alexandra Botez - Commentator
dpruess IMDavid Pruess - Consultant, Broadcaster
retired_workaholic Jules (Kohai) - Friend & Original Site Mom
jon Jon - Friend & Tech Advisor
davidpetty David Petty - Friend & ChessKid Contributor
ajessu Albert - Friend
mathguyma Natesh - Abuse Detection Advisor & Friend
chessgamertag Timothy - Friend & Consultant
alien_roger Roger - Android Friend
shadowc Matias - Special Contributor
Henrik Henrik - Variants Volunteer
Frank Frank - 4PC Volunteer
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