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  • Beginner
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USCF Level IV National Chess Coach. I am one of only eleven people in the U.S to earn this title from the United States Chess Federation.


Rapid Comprehension Thru Effective Teaching (RCTET) is the method I have invented. Having the ability to remember how chess occurred to me I have invented a new way to learn the game. This is especially important for today's 21st century students. The old method of teaching chess has lost multitudes of students who found learning to play the game way too cumbersome. Information overload and the time it takes to learn to be proficient can be big draw backs for learning. My new way streamlines the learning curve; allowing any student to rapidly grasp the essentials of the Royal Game.

Time and again, RCTET has been proven to work. Using my method, results have been achieved by my students who went from absolute beginners to State and National Champions! The facts are in- this method wins! Most of the beginner books written go from how the pieces move to strategy and checkmate. Those approaches leave a tremendous hole that I have filled with pertinent information that bridges the gap of understanding allowing the student to then grasp much more intricate and sophisticated strategies. To do this is to play and love chess on a level where the student can compete, enjoy the game and win using a solid proven method. If you ever wanted to learn chess or improve your game this is the method for you!!


Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I have played chess for over 40 years and have been teaching chess since 2003. I was the first chess coach of the current under-12 female World Chess Champion, Rochelle Wu. I taught her how to play chess using my winning method whereby students of the game learn and advance rapidly, quickly becoming champions of the game. I am one of only eight people in the country to earn the title of National Chess Coach from the United States Chess Federation.
Seattle, WA


Rate for online lessons : $65/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $300
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $650
Lessons offered by Charles A.
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Chess
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Charles A.'s resume


Chess Coach
Indian Springs High School - Pelham, AL - September 2009 to Present
Recruited to help the school establish a premiere chess program and teach chess to an international student body. Built the chess program from the ground up; increasing participation in the program from from zero
students to over 200. Success of the program recruits students from all over the world. Accomplishments: Coached the team to win 2016 Alabama State Championship, and place in the 2016 National champions and to become the reigning 2017 State Champions. Produced 2016 National First Place Finisher. Coach of the 2016 Alabama Barber Representative. Coach of the 2017 Denker Representative for
the state of Alabama.

Chess Coach
Heritage Elementary School - Huntsville, AL - January 2017 to April 2017
Within 3 months, successfully coached a team who had never placed in the state championship to become the 2nd Place finishers in the elementary section of the 2017 state championship.

Vice President
Alabama Chess Federation - Tuscaloosa, AL - 2016 to 2017
Elected for two consecutive terms to serve the chess community of the state of Alabama.

Chess Consultant
Alabama Chess in Schools - Birmingham, AL - August 2014 to December 2016
Served as a consultant to the State of Alabama Department of Education through the Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) initiative. Provided chess instruction to teachers throughout the state to enable them to teach their students to play chess. The ACIS Initiative helps teachers create a learning environment to promote chess
as an agent that enables students to think critically, take intellectual risks, and strengthen 21st Century Skills necessary to achieve success as lifelong learners in a global society.

Chess Coach
Smith Middle School - Birmingham, AL - August 2015 to October 2016
Recruited to help establish a premiere chess program for inner-city at-risk students. Taught chess elective to 250 students.
Accomplishments: Produced 2016 Middle School State Champion first year of the program.

Chess Consultant
Birmingham Board of Education - Birmingham, AL - 2005 to 2016
Provided chess instruction to Birmingham City Schools teachers to enable them to teach their students to play chess; provided consultation to school board on best practices for running the program.

Summer Chess Instructor
Various Schools and Camps - Birmingham, AL - 2002 to 2016

Chess Consultant
Community Education South - Birmingham, AL - 2008 to 2015
Provided instruction, lectures and consultation in K-8 chess education.

Chess Coach
W.J. Christian Middle School - Birmingham, AL - 2004 to 2014
Started chess program with middle school students with no chess experience. Taught chess elective to over 300 students and propelled the school to the top junior high school chess team in the state. Accomplishments: Produced 14 Alabama State Team Champions and 14 Alabama State Individual Champions including the first female and the first female African American to win the state championship in the state’s

Chess (10+ years), Program Development (8 years), Program Management (8 years), Teaching (10+years), Coaching (10+ years), Mentoring (10+ years), Character Development (10+ years), Youth Development (10+ years), Consulting (10+ years), Public Speaking (10+ years)

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City of Birmingham's "Hidden Hero Award" 2011
Recipient of award from the city's Division of Youth Services for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of Birmingham residents through chess.

Birmingham NAACP Community Service Award Recipient 2010
Recipient of award for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of Birmingham residents through chess.

Washington D.C. Amateur Champion and 30-minute Champion in same year! 1994

Blog: Chess On with Charles A. Smith (New)
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February 2017

Blog: Chess On with Charles A. Smith (Old)
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March 2011

2016 - National Scholastic Chess First Place Finisher
2016, 2013, 2011 & 2007- Alabama Middle School State Champion
2015 - Junior High School State Champion
2015 - Alabama High School State Champion
2014 - Alabama Primary Team State Champion
2014, 2013, 2007, 2006, 2005, & 2003- Alabama Primary State Champion
2012 - National Scholastic Chess Champion k-3 section
2012 - Alabama Elementary School State Champion
2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, & 2007 - Alabama Middle School Individual State Champion

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