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Chess Chat: Q&A with Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess

February 18, 2019

Evan Rabin was born and raised in New York. He graduated from Brandeis University Cum Laude with a BA in Business and International Global Studies in 2012. He founded Premier Chess, which currently offers programs in 44 schools and companies.

How old were you when you first learned how to play chess? Who taught you?

I was 7 when I learned how to play; my dad and brother taught me. 

How has chess effected your decision making process off the board?

Chess translates to my business and life processes all the time. I learn how to analyze, balance between risk and reward, and compete. I was influenced by Jim Egerton’s book Business on the Board. 

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?

I worked in Enterprise Sales for 4 years at Oracle and Rapid 7. I then cofounded a sales outsourcing startup for SaaS companies. I decided I loved sales but would prefer to talk about my true passion of chess education so I started Premier Chess ( in July 2017. We are now in 44 schools and companies including Kramer Levin. 

How would you define your chess style?

Influenced by Michael Adams, I have a style that is a mix of positional and attacking. I often will perform delayed attack’s in late middlegame. 

Does your chess style transfer over into your business decisions as well?

All the time, I love looking ahead and evaluating the best moves in a given position. For example, I will ask myself if Premier Chess is going to invest $100 in marketing, should it go to Facebook, promo items, SEO, etc. 

What has been your worst chess mistake which has given you the biggest lesson?

My worst chess mistake was letting my emotions affect my Play. 

What has been your worst career mistake that has given you the biggest lesson?

My biggest career mistake was when I told my former manager that I was upset that I was only getting a little more money than someone who was a lot less experienced than me. I learned never to talk to fellow employees about salary. 

Do you think chess has helped you to become more resilient in life?

Absolutely; chess makes me more consistent and conscious of all my decision making. 

What do you hope to achieve professionally during the next couple of years?

I hope to grow Premier Chess to 100+ schools and 25+ companies. I also hope to do more volunteer trips around the world. 

What is the biggest challenge to achieving that goal?

The biggest challenge will he finding enough qualified instructors. 

How would you relate these goals and challenges to the chessboard?

On the chess board, an attack needs enough active pieces. If your opponent’s king is exposed but you don’t have any development, you won’t be able to take advantage of it. 

Could you please leave us with a favorite piece of chess wisdom to conclude this interview?

My friend and mentor Bill Lombardy once suggested to me that I follow one top-level player’s games and go over all of his games. I picked Michael Adams and have greatly benefited from this exercise. 

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County Board committee approves amendment providing $20K for “Chess in the Parks” program

October 31, 2015

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Board’s Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee has approved a budget amendment providing $20,000 for continuation of the highly successful “Chess in the Parks” program sponsored by Supervisor Martin Weddle….

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Spanish schools have introduced chess class to boost math learning

October 24, 2015

Eleven-year-old Alvaro Pineda has played chess at home since he was five. Now he plays it in the classroom too.In an effort to boost their pupils’ low math and reading marks, more and more Spanish schools are holding chess clubs – and some could even make it a compulsory class….

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Chess Initiative to Transform the Quality of Life for Children Living in Stockton

July 29, 2013

map_of_stockton_caToday, I am proud to announce the launch of a chess initiative to transform the quality of life for children living in Stockton, California. With the help of the communities in and around Stockton, I know that the Torres Chess and Music Academy will be successful in improving the chances of success for Stockton’s children. If you refuse to allow being born in the wrong zip code to be the defining moment of a child’s life,

The National Champions from MSJE

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then please contact me. Together we can change Stockton.

Chris Torres

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Why Stockton?:

1) Stockton Unified has seven elementary schools listed as being the worst performing schools in California.

2) Stockton averages 318 crimes per square mile!

3) Nearly 30% of children in Stockton live below the poverty level!

4) Stockton regularly ranks as one of the worst cities to live in according to Forbes Magazine.

Why Chess?:

1)  Chess increases test scores.

2) Chess improves decision making skills thus lowering violent crime.

3) Chess is inexpensive.

4) Chess makes your neighborhoods more appealing.

Why the Torres Chess and Music Academy:

1) Chris Torres has worked successfully in low performing schools.

2) The Torres Chess and Music Academy has experience using chess to combat gang recruitment.

3) The Torres Chess and Music Academy is a nonprofit organization.

4) Chris Torres is one of the best chess coaches in the United States.

Armenia Adds Chess to the Elementary Curriculum

April 18, 2011

The Armenian Minister of Education has just announced that chess will become a compulsory part of its elementary curriculum. Starting at the age of six, all Armenian children will receive chess instruction for two hours every week. The total cost of this project will be approximately 1.5 million dollars and will ensure that the small country of Armenia will be a chess juggernaut for years to come.
   Hats off to the Armenian Government for investing a small sum of money to improve the critical thinking skills of all their children.

San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

June 11, 2010

 San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

1556 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, California

The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club meets every Saturday from 4:00pm until 6:30pm, beginning in September 2010.


The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club is a very special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. Participants will begin their evening by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres (coach for the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions). A 30 minute pizza break will be next. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive analysis of their play. All participants must be members of the USCF. If your child is not a member, your child can join or renew their USCF membership at the first meeting, or by going to The cost for this program will be $18/session.

A USCF ID number is required in order to participate in the tournament.



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TCAMA Chess Class at Little Genius Learning Center

June 11, 2010

TCAMA Chess Class at Little Genius Learning Center

1556 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, California

Fall 2010

Friday 4:00-5:00

Cost: $10 per session

Course description:

The Torres Chess and Music Academy, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, is pleased to be running this very special chess class designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres. Students will receive the best training available and take part in class tournaments with awards given at the end of each semester.  The Torres Method places an emphasis on achieving rapid chess improvement in an environment that is structured, competitive and fun for the student.

Teacher Bio:

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. Working as chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists. In 2009 Chris Torres coached for the National Elementary Chess Champion team at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. Torres Chess and Music Academy schools have also produced 14 Calchess Scholastic State Champion Teams in various age groups during the last 6 years. No other chess education organization in California has been as successful over the same period.

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