JACK NICULESCU is an experienced full-time professional chess instructor. He has been a United States Chess Federation-ranked chess expert for over 20 years, in the top 3% of all US players. He is actively promoting chess and teaching young kids in various after-school programs and camps all over Long Island and in New York City. Jack is a certified USCF tournament director and holds a Science degree from St. John’s University.

JOEL SALMAN is a Professional Chess Master and one of LI’s top ten players who teaches chess full time in several Nassau County School districts. He defeated a Grand Master in 1998 at the US Masters, received the international title of FIDE Master in 1994, and was awarded the Life Master (1993) and the National Master (1992) titles from the United Chess Federation. His experience as a tournament arbiter and organizer includes competitions for Inter-national Grandmasters. BA in Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University.