ABOUT THE FOUNDER / DIRECTOR

Oluwaseun Bisiriyu-Salam is a FIDE Certified Chess in Education Lecturer (CEL -Teacher Trainer), Certified FIDE Instructor (FI), FIDE Certified School Instructor (SI), a chess international with over 23 years of tournament play FIDE (2188 highest) and a US Chess Federation Certified Club Tournament Director. 


Seun has worked and still works as chess instructor with different elementary schools, libraries, chess organizations in New York and New Jersey. 


These organizations include the 

Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Livingston,

New York Scholastic Chess Club serving PS 119, 334 and PS 452 

Do-Re-Mi School of Music & the Arts in Livingston NJ

AlphaMinds Academy serving the Beloved Charter School, Hoboken Catholic School, Cordero School, PS 3 and Primary Prep School in Jersey City NJ  

Diplomat Chess serving Chatham Day School, Chatham, Pingry School, Millburn, Washington Avenue School, Chatham, Kent Place School, Summit and Far Brook School in Millburn, NJ.

Seun graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with a BA in Philosophy, where he started teaching chess and as a prominent member of the University chess team, he won the Overall Best Male Athlete Award for 2002/2004. He later joined Pedachess, as one of the pioneer chess instructors in Nigeria. Seun has represented Nigeria at the top level in chess. 


 Although Seun loves everything about chess, teaching kids how to play chess is his passion. He believes every kid should learn chess even if they don't intend to be professionals. Chess helps a kid develop a thinking system that is analytical, logical, rational and strategical, a thought process that can be transferred into other areas of life.