Paul McKeown FI


A strong (2100) player, with the title of FIDE Instructor (FI) awarded by FIDE, Fédération Internationale des Échecs, the International Chess Federation.

Paul sorts the business side of things, ensuring, as he says, that the other coaches can focus on what they do best – teaching chess. He took over the running of Richmond Junior Chess Club when it was at a low ebb, and is delighted that it has turned around and is once more a thriving hot-spot for the development of young chess talent.

An experienced chess tutor himself, he often pitches in in the analysis room and joins in lessons, workload permitting!

If you have a query about the club, ask Paul.

David Okike CM

Head Coach

Former London Junior champion and Nigerian national champion, David has been awarded the FIDE playing title of Candidate Master (CM), and has devoted the last two decades or to teaching and coaching juniors at all levels. At RJCC the Advanced Group benefits in particular from his experience on a weekly basis.

Bob Eames FM

Coach (Intermediate)

A FIDE master (FM) specialising in one-to-one chess coaching for the last 35 years, Bob has vast experience in chess playing and teaching. More recently he has also been teaching chess in schools. At RJCC he is responsible for the smooth running of the Intermediate Group, and can usually be found analysing games, with children queueing up to be next.

Sorin Atanasiu

Coach (Intermediates)

Experienced, friendly, and very popular with the children, Sorin helps prepare for those first competitive tournaments, and guides children from strength to strength.

Sorin has been working with kids since 2003 as a humanities teacher and chess tutor.

Agnieszka Milewska IA

Coach (Beginners and Novices)

Our youngest and newest members love working with Agnieszka (Aga for short), who never loses her enthusiasm for teaching those all important basic tactics and strategies (scholar’s mate, anyone?)
Make no mistake, though. Aga is an experienced and strong player, having represented both Poland and England, and is an International Arbiter.

Shahanah Schmid WFM

Coach (Girls)

Former Swiss national player and Women’s champion, Shahanah brings her international experience and enthusiasm for girls’ chess to RJCC. As mum to two young RJCC members, Shahanah is very approachable, and understands the issues that come with being a ‘chess parent’.

Adam Taylor


An already strong and rapidly developing young player, Adam has been coaching with Richmond Juniors since 2019. He is generally to be found coaching the top Advanced classes.

Darren Durkin

Coach (Schools)

Darren works with young children with great joy and loves to introduce them to chess for the first time. He is a key part of our schools programme.

Rick McMichael FM

Mark Josse CM

Coach (Schools)

Another strong player, Rick has worked with RJCC since 2017. A Qualified Teacher by trade, he now teaches chess in schools and sometimes helps out in the main club on a Saturday or works with one of its teams.


A strong club and county player, Mark has lots of experience in teaching chess. He has been working with RJCC since Autumn Term 2018 and is most often to be seen in the Advanced Group.