Founder and President David Mehler

David Mehler with his 2 best students
David Mehler with his 2 best students

David Mehler founded the U.S. Chess Center in 1991. Prior to creating the U.S. Chess Center, Mr. Mehler was a practicing trial lawyer. He also has classroom experience as a high school and middle school teacher.

His success in teaching young people to play chess has been considerable. One of only four chess coaches in the nation to be certified by the US Chess Federation as the highest level of Professional Chess Coach, many of his students have become masters and he has coached individuals and teams to a large number of local, state and national championships from the 1980s through 2012. Among the titles earned by his students are National K-12 Champion, US Junior Invitational Champion, National K-9 Champion, US Cadet (Under 16) Champion, US Girls Champion, National Denker Tournament Champion, K-6 Team Blitz Champions, more than two dozen Virginia State Championships (individual and team) and several individual Maryland State Championships.

Mehler is most impressed with some of his students who no longer play chess. Many of his students came from disadvantaged urban backgrounds and used chess as the vehicle to break out of a cycle of poverty. Those who are now in college, or working at jobs that do not permit them enough time to pursue chess, are his greatest successes. You can contact Mr. Mehler via e-mail with this link.