We Provide the Finest Chess Instruction -- and More!
We provide unique and professional chess instruction,
tournaments, and related chess services and chess products to adults
Our quality chess instruction is provided through lessons and
seminars to individuals, groups, and organizations, face-to-face or
online. Our proven methods focus on helping the whole
individual develop - not just the chess player. Although not
everyone can be a champion, we have coached many National and State
chess champions and team champions. You can read about our
What Sets Us Apart
You can click on links in our menu to the left to learn more
about us, but here are some quick key points:
- We focus on the entire person - not on just a chess player
- We have over 35 years of coaching experience
- We have Illinois' ONLY USCF Professional Chess Coach
- Not everyone can be a state or national champ -- but we've
- We focus on the classics and on fundamentals -- no shortcuts
- We teach because we love chess - not because we must
Some of Kevin Bachler's Key Qualifications
- FIDE Master, USCF Original Life Master, USCF National Master
- USCF Certified Professional Chess Coach (Level V)
- From 1995 - 2007 (last year of active school coaching)
coached 12 State Championship teams, 9 State Champion
individuals, 3 National Championship Teams, and 7 National
Championship top 5 finishes.
- Core team members during that period had varied interests,
including competitive swimming, soccer, baseball, hockey,
weightlifting and all core team members have gone on to college
seeking degrees in a broad range of topics including
engineering, computers, accounting, audiology, vocal
performance, biology and other areas.
- See other website areas on
Selecting a Chess Coach,
Our Qualifications, and Our
Staff for additional information.
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USCF Grants FM Bachler Highest Chess Coach Certification
On March 21, USCF granted FM Kevin Bachler the Professional Chess
Coach Level V certification - the highest coach certification they
provide. Currently, only three other people have this
certification level, none from Illinois.