EP#45: Elliott Neff

For the June edition of One Move at a Time, US Chess Senior Director of Strategic Communication Dan Lucas sits down with Elliott Neff, founder and CEO of Chess4Life and author of A Pawn’s Journey: Transforming Lives One Move at a Time to talk about the history of his organization, chess as a transformational tool, and being a chess teacher and coach.

Chess4Life is a platform that teaches kids critical thinking skills, problem-solving, EQ, and other important life lessons through chess. Elliott is a master-level player and he holds the Professional Chess Coaching Certification Level V — the highest awarded certification by US Chess. Chess4Life has more than 70 employees and they’ve trained more than 10,000 students and have also been recognized as one of the Inc. 5,000 fastest-growing private companies on their 2015 list.

His book, A Pawn’s Journey: Transforming Lives One Move at a Time, shares true-life stories of students he’s encountered over his 20+ years of coaching, whose lives have been significantly changed for the better by chess.


“One Move at a Time,” is a monthly US Chess podcast in which Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication, talks to people who are advancing the US Chess mission statement to “Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.”

Listen to the whole family of US Chess podcasts at https://new.uschess.org/podcasts

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