GCC Chess Coach John C. Retarides

John Retarides
John Retarides

John C. Retarides
United States Chess Federation – District Level-2 Coach
Class B – 3rd Category
Current USCF ratings:
Regular Rating: 1655 (peak: 1723)
Correspondence Rating: 1700

Current Average Online Rating (Corr./Reg.): 1900

– Currently ranked #175 in state of NC and actively in #130 – #200 (92nd – 89th percentile) since 2008.
– Ranked in 87th percentile nationally in the U.S.
– Active Club Tournament Director – 35 total tournament sections, 10 tournaments as a Chief Director since 2009.
– Since 2001, has 27 Wins + 21 Draws among the USCF Regular-rated games played vs. opponents with ratings between 1700 – 2100 (Class B – Expert).
– Has 2 published games in Chess Life magazine since 2001, including a Draw with White pieces vs. GM Ibragimov in a simultaneous exhibition held in Milford, CT in 2003.
– A win with Black pieces vs. ICCF Master Boris Hallengren in casual G/30 game in Ansonia, CT in 2004.
– A draw with Black pieces vs. IM Mikhail Nepomnyashchiy in a simultaneous exhibition held in Greensboro, NC in 2009.
– Won 2 games in the 2007 U.S. Open, held in New Jersey, against David Hua (currently a USCF Life Master, rated 2406) and Elisha C. Garg (currently a 2nd-Category USCF Expert, rated 2000).

I have worked in various educational settings since 2002 and began working closely with beginner and intermediate-level chess players in 2005. I actively assist the GCC as a fellow co-founder, as well as an online ‘North Carolina, USA’ group page on the ‘Chess.com’ website, in various capacities. These include volunteering and instruction within the NC schools and organizations in the local community. I also independently operate a ‘District Level 2 – USCF Chess Coaching’ page on Facebook. While all of my advice and instruction at the GCC continues to be free of charge, I do request a rate of $20/hr. for any local chess instruction outside of the club and any tournaments being held. I have been actively tutoring educational and chess students in public libraries, in restaurants such as Panera Bread, and in-home for regular clients that have the preference.

My current goal is to remain active in USCF competition and to become more active as a FIDE-rated player when the opportunities present themselves, achieving the title of Expert in one, or both, in the future. I can be reached via e-mail at jcrusc@gmail.com.