Our Team

Former competitors united by a passion to empower female chess players.

 
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Karsten mcvay

Co-founder & CEO

Formerly ranked #1 in the U.S.

Former U.S. Chess Team member. Represented the USA at tournaments in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Greece, and Vietnam.  2009 Girls National Champion.  

Northwestern University graduate.

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NICOLE MAFFEO

Co-founder & President

Formerly ranked #2 in the U.S.

Former U.S. Chess Team member. Represented the USA at tournaments across the states as well as abroad in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Switzerland.       

Dartmouth College graduate.

 Sophia Rohde                 SVP   International Arbiter, Event Mgr World Chess Championships, Hall of Fame Committee.  

Sophia Rohde

              SVP

International Arbiter, Event Mgr World Chess Championships, Hall of Fame Committee.  

 Kimberly Doo                 SVP   Former J.D., journalist, chess advocate who leads a NYC based chess foundation. 

Kimberly Doo

              SVP

Former J.D., journalist, chess advocate who leads a NYC based chess foundation. 

 DANNY ROHDE                 SVP   US & NY State Chief Tournament Director, Professional Chess and Poker Player.

DANNY ROHDE

              SVP

US & NY State Chief Tournament Director, Professional Chess and Poker Player.

 Marc Arnold       RESIDENT GM   Grandmaster (Peak rating of 2640), beat his first GM at the age of 10.  Works in Trading.

Marc Arnold

    RESIDENT GM

Grandmaster (Peak rating of 2640), beat his first GM at the age of 10.  Works in Trading.