SCA Head Coach Robert Krzesaj

SCA Head Coach Robert Krzesaj

Robert Krzesaj

SCA Head Coach

Robert is both a professional chess coach and an internationally competitive chess player. A FIDE Master with two norms for International Master, he has a current ELO rating of 2391.

Robert learned to play chess at age 5. He went on to win 2nd Place at the 1997 Polish Junior Championships and represent Poland at both the World Youth Chess Championships and European Youth Chess Championships.

As the captain of his middle school chess team from 2002 – 2004, Robert led the team to 3 consecutive wins at the Polish Middle School Chess Championships. He then led his high school team to 3 consecutive championship wins from 2005 – 2007.

Robert trained under various Grand Masters who were from different countries and brought with them their own specific techniques, methods and “schools of chess”.  Robert’s own teaching methods as an SCA coach incorporate the best features from these methods and the different schools of chess.

SCA Coach Pawel Kukula

SCA Coach Pawel Kukula

Pawel Kukula

SCA Coach

Pawel is a qualified chess instructor with more than 20 years of coaching experience working with children, young people and adults in sports clubs, schools, and community centres.

A chess Master, with an ELO rating of 2220 Pawel has one norm for the title of International Master.

During a prolific playing career lasting more than 20 years, Pawel won numerous tournaments in Poland and abroad. Continuously his city’s chess champion since 1998, Pawel has set a record of 17 consecutive championships wins in the city of Grudziadz in Poland. He has also won over 20 provincial championship medals, including 8 gold. From 2012 – 2105 he won more than 25 rapid chess tournaments and more than 40 blitz tournaments.

His best-known student is the multiple Polish junior champion International Master Radoslaw Gajek.

Some of Pawel’s most notable achievements include:

  1. International Championship of Malopolska, Bochnia 2000 – 1st place
  2. Team Polish Championships of Universities, Olsztyn 2003  – Team captain, 1st in Universities and 2nd in Technical Universities
  3. Polish Championships of Local Governments’ Administrative Workers, Turek 2004. -Team and individual champion
  4. Polish Championships of Local Governments’ Administrative Workers, Turek 2005. – Team and individual champion
  5. Polish Championships of Local Governments’ Administrative Workers, Turek 2007 – Individual champion
  6. Polish Championship of Politicians, Glucholazy 2006 – Champion with an impressive score of 8.5/9
  7. Polish Championship of Politicians, Glucholazy 2007 -Defended the title of Polish Champion with a score of 8/9
  8. XVI Polish Army Chess Championship, Wroclaw 2006 – 2nd place
  9. Polish Championship of Teachers, Krakow 2008 – 2nd place
  10. Polish Championship of Teachers, Krakow 2010 – 1st place
  11. International Chess Tournament, Obra 2008 – 1st place
  12. International Championship of Malopolska, Krakow 2009 – 4th place
  13. City President’s Cup, Grudziadz 2010 – 1st place
  14. XII International Chess Tournament, Malbork 2009 – 3rd place
  15. European Rapid Chess Championship, Warsaw 2009  -55th out of 685 participants from 22 countires
  16. European Blitz Championship, Warsaw 2008 – 57th place out of 671 participants, 1st place under ELO 2300
  17. VIII Chylice Chess Championship, Chylice 2010 – 1st place
  18. XX International Chess Tournament, Gabin 2011 – 1st place
  19. Team Polish Correspondence Chess Championship, 2006-2009 – 3rd place
  20. International Rapid Chess Tournament, Budapest Hungary 2012 – 3rd place