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Coaching Staff


Ryan Leong (Founder)

Ryan has been a competitive chess player since the age of 8 and has been coaching since the age of 15. He has represented BC twice at the Canadian Chess Challenge and has competed in many tournaments across North America. While studying at Simon Fraser University as a third year Communications major, Ryan hopes to curate a new chess scene by connecting competitive chess players across the Lower Mainland.


Peak CFC: 1971


1st place International Chess Festival 2018 U1900 

1st place Grand Pacific Chess Open 2018 U2000 

1st place Victoria Open 2019

1st place Canadian Open 2022 U1900 

2nd Place BC Chess Challenge Grade 11 



Leo Qu (Coach)

Since the age of 9, Leo has been playing chess and participating in tournaments. He has also coached the Panorama Heights Elementary chess club, and has extra teaching experience as a math teaching assistant. Currently, Leo is finishing up his first year of Computer Science at UBC and simultaneously sharpening up his chess skills. You may find him at the UBC Chess Club, or any local tournament in British Columbia.


Peak CFC: 2230 Peak CFC Quick: 2221


1st place North American Open U1900 

1st place 2013 to 2017 BC Chess Challenges 

3rd place 2015, 2016 Canadian Chess Challenge 

2nd place 2017 Canadian Chess Challenge 

2nd place 2017 BCYCC U14 Section 

1st place 2022 BC Open U1900 

1st place 2022 Keres Memorial U2000 

1st place VanCity Rapid #6 + Mar. 2023 


Kate Jiang (Coach)

Kate has been playing in chess tournaments since 2017. She was an official player for Canada in the 2017 World cadet chess championships and participated in the U16 Olympiad for Canada in 2022. She is currently in grade 10 at steveston London secondary and is looking forward to sharing her chess knowledge with new players!!!!

Peak CFC: 2214

1st place 2017 Cycc u10 girls

1st place 2017 Canadian open u1400

3rd place 2019 Canadian chess challenge grade 6

BC Junior Championship 2022 Co-Champion

1st place 2022 BC Day Open

2nd place 2023 Bcycc u16 open

1st place 2023 UBC Annual Rapid

1st Place 2023 SFU Summer Open

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