(FM) Todd Andrews
Todd was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and has played competitive chess since being 11 years old. At the age of 16, Todd attained the rank of National Master and was a member of the United States Olympic Youth team sent to Europe to represent America. It was during this time, Todd began his first teaching job as an after-school chess instructor for the University School of Nashville. At the age of 18, Todd attained the international title of F.I.D.E. (pronounced Fee-Day) Master and was invited to participate in the United States Junior Championship. He was ranked number one in the country for 17-18 year olds during that time. Todd has often been the Tennessee State Champion, which he has achieved ten times. Todd also has various other state titles and has been Nashville City Champion ten times. He was also Georgia State Champion when residing there in 2004. Todd is also a US Chess Senior Level Tournament Director and a National Level FIDE Arbiter.
Todd spends most of his time teaching chess now, not competing as much. Todd has worked at dozens of programs over his longtime teaching career and currently coaches the programs at University School of Nashville, The Covenant School, Hume-Fogg Academic High School, The Ensworth School, St. Paul Christian Academy and Ross Elementary, our longest running program at the NCC. Todd has taught chess in New York, Georgia and Tennessee and currently holds the position of Director of Operations and Scholastic Chess at the Nashville Chess Center.
In the 2022-2023 school year, Coach Todd will focus more on being Executive Director Todd with plans of building a new weekly NCC Chess Academy at our location on Belmont, running Internationally rated events for Middle-Tennesseans as a F.I.D.E. ARBITER and vigorously fundraising for our local schools and students.
Besides chess, you will find Todd camping, canoeing, hiking, going to rock-n-roll concerts and rooting on the Nashville Predators! Todd is also the proud father of Eloise (9) and Ophelia (1) Andrews.