Teachers & Coaches

All of our teachers and coaches have a wealth of experience and knowledge:

John Upham

John is an English Chess Federation accredited coach and has taught in schools and privately since 2009. John started chess relatively late(!) at the age of twelve following the huge interest in the Spassky-Fischer World Championship match in 1972.

John Upham
John Upham

He has played in the British Championships and represented Yateley School,  Berkshire, CentYMCA, Crowthorne Chess Club and Camberley Chess Clubs. He is an active  photographer for with his own gallery. John has both junior and adult learners as private students. John has recently re-launched the Hampshire Junior Chess Association.

Peter Tart

Peter is an experienced and successful player who has been helping young players for many years starting in his own patch with the Cumbria Chess Association.

Peter plays actively both in tournaments and in local and national leagues (4NCL) and enjoys passing on his knowledge and understanding to young players. Peter is an active member of Camberley Chess Club.

Peter Tart
Peter Tart

Kim Shek

Kim has been encouraging his son Daniel to become one of the best children in England and is doing an excellent job! Kim is the owner of Kim’s Plaice (Frimley High Street) which was the first home of our club and without him we would not have this club. Kim understands how to help beginners get started with chess and make progress from there on.

Colin Purdon

Colin is  a very welcome addition to the FJCC team being an active member of Crowthorne Chess Club and playing for the Chess in  Schools & Communities team in the famous Four Nations Chess League (4NCL).

Colin has a wealth of experience helping out at Crowthorne Junior Chess Club as well as with us.

Colin Purdon
Colin Purdon