Ricardo Perez Billinghurst
Ricardo is an experienced chess instructor who joined the NSCF at the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year and accepted a full time appointment with the NSCF the following September. He has over six years' experience teaching chess to children with various organizations in New York and Connecticut. In addition to his NSCF teaching experience, he has:
* 2006-2010. Taught an extra-curricular enrichment chess class at the Riverside School in Old Greenwich under the auspices of the ROSCCO program, the Rogers School Community Center Organization based in Stamford, CT.
* 2006-2007. Taught curricular chess classes in various NYC schools for Chess-in-the-Schools, a New York City based organization that provides instruction for Title I schools in the five boroughs.
* 2005-2007. Worked for Long Island Chess Nuts, an organization that provides chess instruction in the Queens/Nassau/Suffolk area.
* 2005-2006. Taught chess classes at the YMCA in NYC.
Ricardo brings tremendous patience and enthusiasm to his teaching and displays a keen sense of humor that is much appreciated by his students. His vast experience with children of different ages and backgrounds, as well as his ability to communicate with ease in Spanish, provide a valuable addition to the NSCF.
Ricardo is an active tournament player and holds a National Master Certificate, awarded by the United States Chess Federation in 2009. Ricardo frequently draws from his own experience in tournament play to engage his students and enliven his presentation. His recent successes include:
* Second Place, New Yotker Open, New York (2013).
* Second Place tie, World Open Under 2200, Philadelphia (2011).
* Second Place tie, Marshall Chess Club Open , New York (2009).
* First Place, Under 2300, Marshall Chess Club, New York (2008).
* First Place, Spring Open, Queens Chess Club (2008).
* First Place, FIDE Futurity, Nassau Chess Club (2007).
* First/Second Place tie, 2006 Queens Chess Championship.
* First/Second Place tie, Under 2300, Marshall Chess Club, New York (2006).
Why do I think children should learn chess?
Chess can be used as a tool to stimulate critical/logical thinking as well as concentration, good memory and creativity. All are qualities of great value that are useful in real-life decision making situations.