NM Chris Welcome is an experienced chess instructor who has been teaching scholastically since 2000. Having had a lifetime passion for chess, He was part of a group in Brooklyn called the “Black Bear School of Chess” which fostered the growth and development of many African American chess players in the late 1970’s. 


From this group of self-motivated players emerged many masters such as NM Ernest Colding, FM Ronald Simpson, IM-Elect William Morrison, and GM Maurice Ashley


Chris earned a National Master’s title in 1982. Since 2000 Chris has taught in well over 30 public schools and over two dozen after-school programs. Having taught chess in many schools as a curriculum subject, Mr Welcome has learned how to teach large groups from kindergarten to high school.  He has also coached several chess teams in National Chess Competition to place within the top 10 in the nation. A few examples are:


  • 2013 PS180m – 10th place k-6 under 1000

  • 2013 Brunswick – 9th place k-3 under 800

  • 2012 Ps180m – National Champions Unrated Section

  • 2010 BWA – 6th Place Unrated Section

  • 2009 FDA – 8th Place k-12 Under 1600

  • 2008 PS159x  - 6th Place  k-5 Under 1000

Chris has helped in coaching 3 scholastic players up over 2000 U.S.C.F rating

“I believe that it is important to reach all level of children to learn to enjoy chess. Not all children will one day become masters, the ones who desire to and are able to, need a clear path to develop to that extent. The ones who simply want to enjoy chess, can experience a lifetime of pleasure creating beautifully played games as well.