Monday, January 22, 2018

Premier Chess Update

Hello Readers,

It's been a while since I posted! To stay up to date with daily chess news, photos, puzzles and more, like Premier Chess Facebook Page !

I have been busy running 13 school programs, camps, private lessons and more as part of Premier Chess. Check out some photos from some of our recent classes and camp at Sonoran Science Academy in Tucson, New York.

We have some exciting events coming up:

Premier Chess Blitz Tournament at Mr. Bing, February 5

Premier Chess Tournament at Seton Catholic Central, February 11

1st Annual Spring Break Camp at Sonoran Science Academy-Tucson, March 19-23

1st Annual Grace Church Invitational Tournament, May 21

Make a Difference Teaching Chess in Africa, June 18-27 (Application is due February 1)

Saint John Villa Academy Club, Staten Island, NY 

Teaching at Crescent Academy 

Students with Pima County Superintendent Dustin Williams at Sonoran Science Academy Winter Break Camp

Friday, October 20, 2017

Premier Chess NYC Tours

Premier Chess is now offering New York City Chess Tours. We will share the game of chess and all the NYC chess sites, including, but not limited to, The Marshall Chess Club, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and the Chess Checker House in new York. We will do a lesson in one of the spots and tour the rest. 

Guests will gain experience this tour from someone who is a born and raised New Yorker, National Chess Master and Active Teacher. 

For more information about Premier Chess or to book tour, see or

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How Winning the USATE 2017 Influenced Me to Form Pillar Sales!

When Winning the USATE Leads to Forming a Company! 

In May 2007 I was on the cover of Chess Life after leading the first place team at the 2007 United States Amateur Team East. This victory inspired my entrepreneurship. I was then an International Baccalaureate student at Dwight in Manhattan.  I utilized several business principles when leading the team. 

I utilized person specification, a tool human resource departments use, as I picked four players whose ratings averaged just under 2200. I performed secondary research, looking at the winning teams in previous years and learned it was best to have four balanced players instead of having a grandmaster and three weaker players. I also analyzed my competitors’ games as companies perform reverse engineering.

My teammates had strong camaraderie.  The 1950s team influenced our team name “Beavis and Buttvinnik”. We were nominated for “Best Team Name”. The importance of our name reflected how companies push for brand equity. GM John Fedorowicz said “ Your team is a lot nicer than ours.” when my teammate returned to the board with water for our team. 

Our USATE title influenced my desire to co-found Pillar Sales, a sales outsourcing company for small and medium SaaS companies: 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Premier Chess

Hello all. As you can see, I haven't been active as a blogger the last several months. Things have been busy kicking off a company Pillar Sales, which focuses on small and medium sized SaaS companies ( and teaching chess

I do attend to start blogging more regularly at the some point but in the meantime, for up to the date chess news, tactics, and other interesting posts, go ahead and like my Premier Chess Facebook page:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What do Sales Outsourcing and Chess Lessons have in Common?!

If you guessed the thing that sales outsourcing and chess lessons have in common is that they are the two new business ventures of your loyal blogger, that is correct!!

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I recently moved back to New York to work on a sales outsourcing startup that works with small and medium sized software companies that do not have the resources to build out their own sales teams. We offer both base and guaranteed lead cost structures. For more information, see or email me at

On the side, I am teaching chess in four schools in Manhattan and with private students. Check out my website here: If you are looking for a teacher for yourself, child or a group, let me know!

In music news, I have lots of shows on the horizon- Gregg Allman Band, Jaimoes' Jazzs Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band and others. Stay posted for some reviews!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Nowheremen Play for All Ages in Brookline, MA on 8/3

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On Wednesday, August 3, The Noheremen played for a kids-filled audience in Emerson Garden as part of the Brookline Summer Concert Series. 
Two weeks before, I saw Sir Paul McCartney at Fenway Park ( so I was on a Beatles high.  
Sir Paul had a fair amount of kids at his show but not early as much as The Nowheremen did, perhaps cause the show started fairly early at 6:00 PM. 
The set featured some old mellow Beatles songs like "The Night Before" and some quicker paced danceworthy songs like "Drive my Car" and "Lady Madonna."Lady Mandonna" and a  few other tunes did include soloing. 
I can't complain because it was a free show but the one disappointment I had was when the show abruptly ended at 7:36, when it was advertised to go until 8. I thought they would play an encore or two but the show was indeed over. 
Overall it was a pleasant evening with a decent dose of Beatlesmania, good friends and nice weather.  I get by with a little help from my friends!

I am going to try to see last show of the series, next Wednesday, August 10th a Bluegrass show by Chasing Blue, which will take place in Waldstein Park:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Prelude to Days Between with Playing Dead, 7/29-7/30!

Deadheads around the world are commemorating "Days Between", the days between Jerry's birthday, August 1 and death day, August 8th.

 As a prelude to Days Between, I attended the two night run, New England's premier Dead tribute band Playing Dead July 29th-30th. On the 29th, the band did its annual Jerry Garcia Memorial River Run and Show. On the 30th, it did its annual "Ship of Fools" on the Bashtan Harbah. 

With my Friend Audrey
I missed the first few songs of the 29th show and came in during the middle of "Next Time You See Me". We then got a countryesque Johnny Cash cover "Big River". The set featured several other Dead hits that have been popular in the latest Dead and Company tour, including" Ramble on Rose", "Jack Straw" and "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad". 

The band also did some lesser known hits like" Roadrunner" to commemorate the runners who completed the race earlier in the evening. 

The highlight of the set for me was the Stevie Winwood "Gimme Some Lovin" cover, which featured ex-DSO guitarist Jimbo Harris on lead vocals. I had flashbacks to September 21, 2014 Phil Lesh and Friends show when Phil and friends, including Warren Haynes, did a nice version of "Low Sparks of High Heeled Boys", which features one of my favorite bass lines of all time.  

After the fast-paced, upbeat "Sugar Magnolia"set closer, I walked out during the "U.S Blues" encore. Too bad I had to leave show a little early but had work the next day and another night of Playing Dead to look forward to afterwards.  

Night 2 of this mini run was borderline utopia. Couldn't think of a much better way to spend a Friday night than hearing Dead music and lots of soloing on a boat on the Boston Harbor with new and old friends.
Jamming on the Boat!

With my Friends Caitlin and Connor! 
As the boat rocked people back and forth a bit, everyone was dancing during the somwhat predictable but excellent "Shakedown Street" opener.  

Lead guitarist Vic DeRobertis shredded as he always does during "Deal". 

I was happy when I heard "Midnight Hour" for the first time in a while. It's a song that Further used to play often. 

The set ended with a bang of "Bertha", which led into the "One More Saturday Night" encore. This choice did actually take me by surprise a bit as it was a Friday night. You may remember from my Dead and Company Fenway Run review, that the Saturday night encore was my one bit of criticism: 

Overall, the run was a blast; looking forward to more Playing Dead shows in the future. Stay tuned for reviews of Australian Pink Floyd and Hot Tuna shows in Boston this weekend ahead!