NM Chris Welcome has been teaching chess to children since 2000. He has taught chess within the curriculum in over 30 public schools. Chris has also coached several school teams to success in national competition, and guided three young players over the 2000 rating level.
Chris was part of a group in Brooklyn called the “Black Bear School of Chess” which fostered the growth and development of many African American chess players in the late 1970s. Many masters emerged from this group, including Ernest Colding, Ronald Simpson, William Morrison, and GM Maurice Ashley. Chris earned his National Master’s title in 1982.