About the Teachers

Jeremy Scheinbach is the chess program director and has been teaching chess at PS 41 since 2003. He started the afterschool program in 2008 and has since organized the PS 41 Chess Team. He has been playing chess since he was 4 years old and has been teaching since 2000. He loves the way chess challenges his students to become critical thinkers and develop more patience.

Anatoly Trubman is originally from Moldavia and started playing chess when he was 6 years old. At age 13, he became the 1985 U.S. National K-8 Champion. He started teaching chess in 1990, and has been coaching at national championships since 1988. According to Anatoly, “My motivation for teaching has always been seeing the direct results of my work. I enjoy the success my students have had as chess players.”

James Lewis hails from the Dominican Republic, and has represented his country in four Chess Olympiads (1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990). He started playing at 7 years old and has been a National Chess Master since the early 1980’s. He started teaching at the age of 14, and has been teaching in the NYC area since 1996, and at PS 41 since 2008.

Roman Krant started teaching chess at PS 41 since January 2013. He is a National Chess Master and competed in numerous international chess tournaments in the USA and Europe. Roman started playing since he was 4 years old and has been teaching for 24 years in NYC schools. His chess motto is: “Stay focused—and good things will happen!”