National Scholastic Chess Foundation

Insructor Profile

Mike Ellenbogen

NSCF Instructor, NSCF Director of Development

Mike has been involved in chess for over 15 years, as a strong competitor in chess tournaments and as a chess instructor, teaching in Greenwich, Connecticut and in Westchester County.

As Director of Development for the NSCF Mike is constantly working to find new ways of adding chess instuction to various school districts in the Westchester County and lower Connecticut Region.

Mike is an alumnus of the White Plains Public Schools chess program that the NSCF first instituted in 1985. As such, he brings a unique perspective to his classes, and is able to relate his own chess experience to that of his students. One of the highlights of Mike's scholastic chess career was scoring 6/7 in the top section of the 1990 Elementary School Championships.

After a break from tournament chess during his High School and College years, Mike came back to tournament play with a flourish, as he played a pivotal role in helping the "Weera Family" team take first place in the US Amateur Team East championships in 2002. Among Mike's recent tournament successes was winning clear first in the 2003 Bronx Yonkers Club Championships, by going undefeated and beating two strong masters in the process.

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