About Dr. Mark C. Anderson

Dr. Anderson’s master’s degree is in Secondary Education so he has the pedagogy training to go along with the chess expertise (3rd place in Idaho in 2008, winning record at 1996 U.S. Open, Top 10% of chess Players in the United States) to create a successful chess program. Dr. Anderson uses a lot of concrete operational methods for the elementary kids. For example, they actually get to physically “hop” like a Knight to learn how it moves in an “L” shape.

On January 25-26, Dr. Anderson won (a clear first place) won the 2014 January Thaw in Helena, MT with a score of 4.5 out of 5 with four wins and one draw (one point for a win and half a point for a draw. Dr. Anderson finished first out of 22 competitors (all from Montana). His rating (United States Chess Federation) is now 1818- Class “A”. Dr. Anderson is also leading the Montana Grand Prix and is in a strong position to qualify for the 2014 Montana Closed Chess Championship. The January Thaw was sponsored by the Montana Chess Association and the next major event with MCA sponsorship is the 2014 Montana Open.

Below are some of the various chess programs which Dr. Anderson has run. Overall, he has taught chess to over:

  • Over 1,000 k-12 students;
  • Over fifty (50) public schools;
  • Over $75,000 in grants and/or contracts (including two community development block grants);
  • National, award-winning chess program in Bellingham, WA at the Boys and Girls Club;

The chess programs have varied:

  • Evening and weekends (National award winning chess program in Bellingham, WA at the local Boys and Girls Club (Whatcom County Community Development Block grant)
  • Summer program with junior and senior high school students (living on campus) at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA
  • Upward Bound (summer program at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID- vast majority of students were Native American)
  • Key Bank grant to teach chess at Lummi Tribal School in Bellingham, WA (during day, after-school, and Saturday tournaments)
  • After-school programs (many- including Potlatch School District in Potlatch, ID at both Potlatch Elementary and Potlatch Jr./Sr. High School)
  • Idaho Humanities Council (Chess and literature- Potlatch, ID)
  • Office of Diversity and Human Rights at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID- During school and after-school chess program for post 9/11 reconciliation between Muslims and non-Muslims using chess;
  • Sedro-Woolley School District (WA)- Skagit County Community Development Block grant (teach chess at two elementary schools all day every Friday)
  • Bellis Fair Kids; Chess Club (Bellingham, WA)- 6 years of teaching chess at the mall on a once-a-week basis (T-shirts, tournaments, instruction, prizes)
  • Dr. Anderson taught at Napi Elementary in Browning, MT (grades 4,5, and 6) for twelve (12) sessions during the school lunch period and seven (7) after-school chess sessions, along with one family chess night. The chess program at Napi in May, 2014 averaged over 16 chess players per day.
  • For June, 2014, Dr. Anderson is teaching chess at Blackfeet Community College for junior high school students (June 9-13, 2014) in the Summer Institute program.
  • For June, 2014, Dr. Anderson is teaching chess at Blackfeet Community College for high School students (June 16-20, 2014) in the Summer Institute program.

Results

  • 2014 AIHEC National Chess Coach of the Year: (chess coach of the national championship winning AIHEC chess team).
  • Won (clear 1st place) at the 2014 January Thaw in Helena, MT on Jan 25-26, 2014 with a score of 4.5 out of 5 (four wins and a draw)
  • 3rd Place (in class “B”) at the 1996 United States Chess Open
  • Winning record at 1996 U.S. Chess Open
  • 1st Place in Sooner Chess Series (Tulsa, OK) in 2012
  • Twice, 1st place in Danny Chin Open
  • 1st Place in Capablanca Open (2000)
  • 1st Place in Mid-March Madness Chess Tournament in Missoula, MT (2006)
  • 3rd Place in the 2008 Idaho Closed State Championship

Ratings

  • Dr. Anderson’s rating for the United States Chess Federation is in the Top 10% (approximately) of all chess players in the United States.
  • Dr. Anderson is rated among the top 5 -10 players in Montana and has qualified for the 2014 Montana Closed Chess Championship (placing ten of the best chess players in Montana In a tournament to determine the 2014 Montana chess champion).
  • Dr. Anderson now leads the Montana Grand Prix standing (to qualify for the 2014 Montana Closed Chess Championship)
  • Dr. Anderson has qualified for the 2014 Montana (Closed) Chess Championship by finishing first in the Montana Chess Association’s 2013-2014 Grand Prix standings.