Mike Klein, director and founder of Young Master Chess, is a FIDE Master and Life National Master residing in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mike's taught chess for the past 15 years. He currently teaches many Charlotte school chess classes and clubs, as well as summer camps in Charlotte and Chapel Hill. From 2001-04, he was a full-time chess instructor for New York City's Chess-in-the-Schools program.
In addition to teaching chess, Mike is a regular contributor to Chess Life Magazine and Chess Life Online where he researches and writes about many aspects of competitive chess. He received his degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He's eager to help your child benefit from chess while having fun and interacting in a positive way with his/her peers.
As a player:
- 1985 - Received first rating of 1398 (age five)
- 1986 - Played Josh Waitzkin at the Nationals (creating a mention in the book "Searching for Bobby Fischer")
- 1988 - National K-3 Champion
- 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 - North Carolina High School Champion
- 1996 - Received National Master and Life Master titles
- 1996 - World Open Under 2250 Champion
- 1997 - North Carolina Open Champion
- 2003 - Land of the Sky Open Section Champion (Largest open tournament in NC)
- 2006 - Received FIDE Master title
- 8-time member of the All-America Chess Team (inaugural member)
As an instructor:
- Taught more than 4,000 children and adults over 15 years
- Instructor at more than 50 summer camps
- Head coach of 2003 National K-8 Champion Team (David A. Boody Middle School - Brooklyn, NY)
- Coach of 2003 National Sixth Grade Champion (Jayson Lian)
- Coach of 2003 National K-8 Co-Champions (GM Alex Lenderman and NM Alex Pelekhaty)
- Coach of 2004 National K-8 Champion (NM Alex Pelekhaty)
- Coach of several National Champion junior varsity teams and top-five open section teams
- 2003 Chess-in-the-Schools Instructor of the Year
- Coach of numerous top-5 teams and individuals at NC State Scholastic Championships
When he's not at home in Charlotte coaching and studying chess, Mike loves to play tennis, bike and travel. He recently completed a trip around world visiting 33 countries on 5 continents. Here's a video of his sabbatical.
Read about some of his international chess experiences:
"Castling Long Around the World" Chess Life Online, September, 2009