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of Grandmaster and
FIDE Senior Trainer
Hello! My name is Robert Hungaski. I am a professional chess player and coach from the United States. I was born December 8th, 1987 in Stamford (Connecticut) and learned to play chess at the age of six, in an after-school program.
I began taking chess seriously by the time I was thirteen, which is when I decided to become a chess professional. The first milestone of my career was being awarded the International Master title when I was eighteen, in my senior year of high school.
Following several years on the tournament circuit, I decided to take some time off from professional competition. During this time I began training with GM William Lombardy and, at his behest, pursued higher education and enrolled in the University of Connecticut.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from UConn in May of 2012 with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, and a double minor in English and Middle Eastern Studies. That year I also resumed high-level competition and achieved the Grand Master title.
Since then I have remained an active chess professional, but have concentrated mostly on coaching. I am a FIDE Senior Trainer and official coach for the U.S. Chess Federation at international competitions (such as the World Youth, World Cadet and Pan-American Championships) as well as a recurrent Resident GM at the Saint Louis Chess Club.
Resident GM at the Saint Louis Chess Club (St. Louis 2014, 2018 and 2019)
Coach for the U.S. Team at the 2019 Pan-American Youth Chess Championship (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Outstanding Team Performance Award (Team Gold at 2017 World Cadets) – U.S. Chess Federation, 2018
Coach for the U.S. Team at the 2018 World Cadet Chess Championship (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Coach for the U.S. Team at the 2018 World Youth Chess Championship (Porto Carras, Greece)
Coach for the U.S. Team at the 2017 World Youth Chess Championship (Pocos de Caldas, Brazil)
Coach for Stuyvesant High School after school chess program (New York, 2015)
Coach for the U.S. Team at the 2014 Pan-American Youth Chess Championship (Oaxtepec, Mexico)
Coach for The Epiphany School after school chess program (New York, 2013)
Coach for the U.S. Team at the 2013 World Youth Chess Championship (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Robert coaches as he plays – with great clarity, logic and organisation – and I would highly recommend him to anyone that wants to improve their understanding of chess. He also puts in much effort and thought into his study sessions and shows genuine care for the improvement of his students. He has greatly exceeded my expectations of how quickly I would benefit and although I have little in the way of comparison, I would be surprised if you could find a more effective coach for non-titled players anywhere else, globally. – R-J-M
Not only is Robert a GM in chess but he is also an excellent chess coach for my 11 yr old son. He is patient, kind and an excellent communicator explaining high level chess in a way that even this clueless parent can understand. Of course this means the 11 yr old has no problem understanding him. Best coach my son’s ever had! – Adamsony
GM Hungaski could answer every question I have, including the really weird ones. He usually gives me different tasks to do, depending on what I have to work on. His teaching includes everything you need to know about the endgame, middlegame, and opening. I always look forward to his lessons because not only is he an amazing coach, he also has a good sense of humor, he could make me laugh all the time, even when I’m learning. – Kwen
At the moment I am only offering online lessons.
My lessons are approximately an hour long and can take several different forms. Topics would be covered in the following order of importance: -Review of tournament games -Discussion of general strategy -Openings preparation -Live training and decision making Moreover, after every session I will send you material pertaining to the topics we discussed.