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. for girls

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. for girls

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

Dartmouth College graduate.

Our History

In 1997 and at the age of six, Nicole Maffeo and Karsten McVay played their first chess match together. They went on to compete against one another for over a decade as top nationally ranked players. 20+ years later, Nicole and Karsten reconnected over coffee at Mud Park in the East Village and the idea for this non-profit was born.

Our Board

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

Kimberly Doo

SVP and Secretary

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

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.

Daniel Rohde   VP   Member of US Chess Scholastic Council, Michigan graduate.

Daniel Rohde

VP

Member of US Chess Scholastic Council, Michigan graduate.

Jamie Maffeo   VP   Formerly ranked chess player. Tufts University varsity sailing team. Law student.

Jamie Maffeo

VP

Formerly ranked chess player. Tufts University varsity sailing team. Law student.

Darrian Robinson   VP   Highest rated African American female. UChicago ‘16. Works at the Federal Reserve.

Darrian Robinson

VP

Highest rated African American female. UChicago ‘16. Works at the Federal Reserve.

Rusudan Goletiani   RESIDENT WGM   Woman Grandmaster and International Master. 2005 U.S. Women’s Champion.

Rusudan Goletiani

RESIDENT WGM

Woman Grandmaster and International Master. 2005 U.S. Women’s Champion.