CEO & Founder





Elliott Neff is a National Master in Chess, author of A Pawn’s Journey (October 2018), and CEO of Chess4Life, which exists to help kids develop life skills through the game of chess. What began for Elliott as a childhood fascination with chess has blossomed into an opportunity to positively impact tens of thousands of kids per week through Chess4Life programs. Elliott’s coaching expertise is reflected in his recent certification as a USCF Level V Coach, an honor that fewer than a dozen top level coaches in the US share.

Elliott’s work is endorsed by:

  • Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian

  • Mary Miller, co-creator of The Dream Manager program

  • Robert Katende, Founder and Director of SOM Chess Academy in Uganda, coach to Phiona Mutesi of the Queen of Katwe.

Elliott is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and author.

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Contact Elliott about speaking at your conference, workshop, or fundraiser. He is passionate about helping others discover life lessons through the game of chess. Audiences are captivated by his "blindfold chess" demonstration, his stories of students' lives transformed, and his enthusiasm for helping others find and maximize their talents.


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