Sep 9, 2009
Last Online
11 hrs ago
Titled Player
National Master
Diamond Member
Since Sep 16, 2009 Coach


My name is Axel Müller, I'm 45 years old. A friend taught me how to play chess in kindergarten and I have been passionate about chess ever since. 

When I moved to California in 2007 I had a little break from competitive chess. My first rating when I resumed was just above 1900. After a brief period I made it to expert. After some time at expert level I decided I should try to get a National Master title. 

I'm a scientist I have a PhD in chemistry (protein crystallography to be precise). My scientific training allowed me to assess my strength and weaknesses fairly ruthlessly and this was essential for my chess improvement and getting my NM title.

I have been teaching and mentoring grad students and scientists at Caltech and at my alma mater in the UK. Part of my current job also involves teaching people computational skills. 

If you feel you are stuck as a C,B, or A player I can definitely help you to reach the next level. 

I live in Arcadia, CA if you live close by I'm available for in-person teaching. I'm also happy to provide online classes. 

I believe that improvement requires introspection. For this it's crucial to analyze the games we play. I can help you do this. Based on what we learn from your games I will provide you with tailored lessons that will get you to the next level. 

My hourly rate is negotiable.