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My name is Jake Banawa and I earned my Chess Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) or World Chess Federation Master title in the year 2011. My peak FIDE chess rating is 2356. My highest United States Chess Federation (USCF) chess rating is 2472. I earned an approximately $61,000 worth of chess scholarship at Webster University, a private University in Saint Louis, Missouri with the best collegiate chess program in the World,  to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Forensic Accounting. 


I recognize the potential in each one of my students. With my customizable approach, I’ve seen my Phoenix area students’ self-esteem and skill-set consistently rise. I love what I do and it makes me happy to be able to share my passion with others. Since starting as a private chess teacher in 2008, my results are a testament to the fact that my system works. I’m a patient, adaptable, and professional Chess Teacher ready to help you reach your goals. Get in touch today so we can start working together.

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