About Matt

About Matt

Matt is a USCF National Master and part-time chess coach.  He started playing chess when at five and has been teaching since age nine.  Matt’s two goals when working with students are to 1) make sure the game stays fun and 2) ensure constant improvement in all facets of the game.

USCF Profile

FIDE Profile


Coaching Philosophy

Chess should be fun!  The amount of time spent in lessons is small compared to how much time a student spends practicing outside of lessons when they truly enjoy the game.  Matt believes it’s most important for students to start with endgames, tactics and basic opening principles.  From there Matt will start to include positional ideas and strategies for middlegame improvement.  Once students are rated over 1400 they start to develop faster in some areas than others and Matt helps them identify strengths/weaknesses.  See the reviews section of the site to see what students think about their lessons.


Chess Accomplishments

Three time K-3 Minnesota Champion

Three time Minnesota High School Champion

Age 13 – USCF Expert

Age 15 – USCF Candidate Master

2005: MN Class Champion, Masters/Experts section

2005: MN Closed Championship participant

2012: MN Open, T-3rd

2013: Rochester Grand Winter Open, T-2nd

2013: Rochester Chess Club Co-Champion

2014: Rochester Chess Club Champion

2015: USCF National Master Title


If you have questions, e-mail: matt@smarterchess.com