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Roger LaFlair

Senior Master Roger LaFlair has decades of experience successfully teaching chess. A more extensive profile coming soon.


Paul Ascolese

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Chess is an activity for everyone young and old, boy or girl. But no matter who you are Chess can and should be fun. Paul Ascolese has been teaching chess for over 30 years, to children and adults. Students have chess presented in such a way, that they enjoy the lessons and want to learn more.

Mr.Ascolese has been playing tournament chess for over 30 years. He has played both individual and team chess. In the late 80”s he played on teams that won the New England Team Championship 2 years running. At his peak he was rated 2275 FIDE.

Paul Ascolese is a chess coach at Portledge School in Locust Valley. He teaches grades 1 through 8. He also teaches Chess for the JCC of East Hills and teaches after school Chess at Guggenheim Elementary School in Port Washington and Searingtown Elementary in Herricks. Paul is the Summer Camp Chess Director at Friends Academy in Locust Valley.

Brian Karen

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Brian Karen is ranked within the top 3% of tournament chess players by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and Federation Internationale Des Échecs (FIDE). Brian has had to demonstrate exceptional instincts at motivating, relating to, and teaching children chess in order to succeed as a chess coach.

Brian has been the co-director of the acclaimed USDAN Chess program since 1997. He is coach at the three time Long Island Chess Champion Friends Academy. He is the director of chess programs for the Roslyn School District, The Long Island School for the Gifted, and The St. Patrick chess program.

Brian has given countless private and group lessons at children’s homes. Many of the students Brian introduced to chess are among the most successful scholastic chess players on Long Island.

Brian was elected by chess instructors from across the United States to the United States Chess Federation Scholastic Council. This is a five person body that manages National Scholastic events and regulations involving thousands of children across the United States.

Brian continues to organize many of the most popular scholastic chess tournaments on Long Island.

Brian was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Internet’s most established chess club (www.chessclub.com) and was hired by IBM to give web commentary during the famous Deeper Blue – Kasparov match.

Prior to becoming a chess instructor, Brian worked for five years with emotionally disturbed children at the Key Program, where Brian served as a Caseworker and Supervisor.

Brian received a Masters in Social Work in 1999 from Fordham University and an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.