"Chess learning is a gateway to uncovering our creativity and developing diligence along the way."
Vishnu Vanapalli, Founder & Coach
Vishnu learned how to play chess at the age of 4, and began playing in tournaments soon after. With much dedication, he earned his National Master (NM) title in 2021 and his FIDE Master (FM) title in 2022. He is a multiple-time State and National Champion, and has competed in international youth events.
In 2020, he began coaching youth through non-profits like VTSeva, and continues to serve his community up to this day. He is currently working towards becoming an International Master (IM), with one norm till date.
Bronze Presidential Community Service Award Recipient
Internationally recognized FIDE Master & National Master
#1 ranked in NC (scholastic)
#6 Ranked 15-Year Old Worldwide (based on USCF rating)
#9 ranked in NC (among active players)
2022 National High School Co-Champion
2023 NC State (K-12) Champion
2023 Denker National Tournament of HS State Champions Qualifier
2022 NC State Co-Champion
2015 World Youth Cadet (U8 Open) Tied 5th Place
2021 North American Youth (U14 Open) Tied 6th Place
2021 North American Junior Tied 7th Place
2023 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools-Sponsored National Competitor
2016 (K-3) Elementary Nationals Co-Champion
2017 (K-5) Super Nationals Tied 2nd Place
2018 (K-5) National Jr High Tied 6th Place
2018 & 2019 NC (K-12) State Co-Champion
2021 NC State (K-12) 2nd Place
2020 NC State (K-12) 3rd Place
"Every chess master was once a beginner."
Irving Chernev, Chess Author, World Chess Hall of Fame Inductee