Thomas Bartell, FIDE International Master, earned his IM title in 2013. An avid chess enthusiast, Tom developed an outstanding chess ability at an early age. He played on the COLLINS KIDS TEAM against the Icelandic Youth Team at the 1996 Chess Sage. Bobby Fisher’s teacher, Jack Collins, took Tom and teammates to a rematch in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Tom’s rating won him a place on Pressman Junior All American Chess Team. He qualified to play in the 2001 GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions, winning clear 1st place and a scholarship to the University of Texas, Dallas. An exciting 2003 US Junior Chess Open saw Tom Bartell and FIDE IM Sal Bercys tied for 1st place. His co-champion represented Edward R. Morrows HS, starring in the hit movie, “KINGS of NEW YORK.” With roots in New Jersey, Tom became NJ Open co-Champion in 2009. He is currently ranked #65 in the country according to the USCF.
Tom lives in PA and teaches all levels at various local public and private schools. He helps players learn all fundamentals, over the board and also online. Additionally, Tom is the owner-operator of Mainline Chess and Games in Paoli, PA. We are excited to welcome Tom to our team and have teach Chess to our students here at GKRS.