Coaches and Instruction

Carl Haessler – Life Master

USCF Life Master since 1989 and 5-time Oregon Champion. Onsite coaching in Portland Metro Area. Private and group lessons available. Email:


Student-run All-Girls Chess Club aiming to empower and encourage more girls in a predominantly-male sport.



Student-run non-profit that provides free online lessons and tournaments.


Chess Odyssey

Located in Beaverton/Hillsboro area West of Portland. Camps, onsite and online instruction, individual and group lessons, and tournaments.

Chuck Schulien – FIDE Master

FIDE Master and full time chess coach. Works with students of all ages, individually or in groups. Available for lessons, exhibitions, or consultation. Email:

Jerry Sherrard – Candidate Master

Candidate Master Jerry Sherrard has coached in the Portland Metro Area since 2012. All skill levels are welcome. Flexible scheduling, affordable rates. Email:

Puddletown Chess

Puddletown Chess is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs regular training classes, monthly chess tournaments and regular (FREE) educational webinars for scholastic chess players in Oregon.  Puddletown Chess tournaments are popular among scholastic players for 4 reasons: (1) FREE game analysis with the founders who are rated USCF 1950 to 2250 (2) FREE pizza for players (3) Convenient west side location and (4) Beautiful 11″ trophies for winners in each quad.

Current coaches are: Zoey Tang, Austin Tang, and Ishaan Kodarapu

Contact: or puddletownchess (at)

Rose City Chess

Group lessons, after-school clubs, summer camps, and USCF rated tournaments. Coaches include Chad Lykins (USCF Tournament Director, OSCF President), Matt Zavortink ( USCF NM and 3X Oregon State Champion), Owen McCoy (USCF NM and Oregon State Champion), and GM Axel Bachmann. Online and in-person. All skill levels welcome.


Roshen’s Chess Academy

USCF Expert and high-school student Roshen Nair offers classes and tournaments with a substantial amount of fees being used to support local non-profits.


Southside Chess

After-school clubs, weekend lessons, summer camps, and regular tournaments in Eugene and surrounding areas. Online and in-person.