National Master John Graves is a lead chess coach at the Bellevue Center. He started coaching for Chess4Life in 2006 teaches from Pawn level to King level. He is well known amongst his students and colleagues as a very enthusiastic and high energy coach that instills the principles of humility, perseverance, resourcefulness into his lessons.
John started playing chess in 1976 and became a National Master in 1989. He was an active player in his youth, and was able to earn three WA State Junior Championships. As a participant in the 1996 WA Open Championships, John was able to hold then U.S. Champion, GM Alex Yermolinsky, to a draw. He has also earned 1st place in the 2003 Oregon Open Championships, and 2nd place in the 1996 WA State Championships with an undefeated score. John’s peak USCF chess rating has reached 2327.
In his spare time, John enjoys science fiction movies/tv, Bridge, and board games.