Paul McKeown


Paul sorts┬áthe business side of things, ensuring, as he says, that the other coaches can focus on what they do best – teaching chess. 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

Formerly London Junior champion and Nigerian national champion, David has devoted the last decade or so to teaching and coaching juniors at all levels. At RJCC the advanced groups benefit from his experience on a weekly basis.

Bob Eames FM

Coach (Advanced)

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 can usually be found teaching an advanced group or 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.

Aga Milewska

Aga Milewska

Coach (Beginners and Novices)

Our youngest and newest members love working with Aga, who never loses her enthusiasm for teaching those all important basic tactics and strategies (scholar’s mate, anyone?)

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’.

Mark Josse CM


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.

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

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/