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Lior Lapid


Coach Lior Lapid enjoying a chess game

National Master Lior Lapid has been coaching chess in schools for over 20 years.  He has worked as head instructor in dozens of school chess clubs and chess camps in Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, Mexico  and Israel.

Lior’s teaching style incorporates humor and storytelling to fully engage children in every lesson.  He has developed dozens of original and innovative lesson plans in a curriculum aimed at using chess to improve life-skills such as critical thinking, concentration, and the ability to plan ahead step-by-step.

Most children in Lior’s classes develop an affinity for the “Royal Game,” a wonderful hobby and intellectual pursuit which they will never outgrow.   Many of his students compete in chess tournaments as well: Three Colorado Scholastic State Champions (in the K-6 and K-8 divisions) and winners of all five sections of the 2012 K-6 New Mexico State Championships were or are among Lior’s private students.  Lior also taught private and group lessons to the Los Alamos Aspen chess team, winners of the K-6 National Blitz Championships in 2011 and the K-3 National Blitz Championships in 2012.

Lior was invited to lecture on his methods of chess training and student motivation at the Koltanowski Conference for Chess Education in Dallas, 2011.   He has been featured in Chess Life and Chess Life Online as well as smaller chess publications.  For the past year he has been developing a chess curriculum that integrates humor with serious learning,  preparing dozens of lessons designed to ensure that children have fun while learning chess and higher-order thinking skills.

Selected Tournament Highlights:

  • Four-time and reigning Colorado State Champion:  2013 (tied), 2015, 2016 and 2018
  • K-9 National Champion (1997)
  • K-12 National Champion (2000)
  • 2013 Colorado Open State Co-Champion
  • 2013 Denver Open Co-Champion
  • Winner of the Southern Rocky FIDE Open, ahead of two Grandmasters and two International Masters (2011)
  • Seven-time Scholastic Champion of New Mexico (K-6, K-9, and K-12 divisions, 1994-2000)
  • Three-time New Mexico State Champion (2008,2009,2011)