Andrew Couchman learnt to play at 6, taught by his father who was a strong player but who never had the time to play competitively.


His Tunbridge Wells school French teacher was Richard Haddrell who run the lunchtime chess club where he played every school day for 5 years.


Andrew stopped playing regularly after leaving school and then played again in his twenties, playing for Aylesbury Chess Club. He played a few competitions and achieved a grading of 130. Although, chess wasn’t his focus for many years, he have been a coach/instructor/trainer in a number of subject areas for the past 40 years, including being an RAF fighter pilot instructor, airline training Captain and previous to aviation, a PGA qualified golf teaching professional.


Andrew recently regained his love for chess and is now looking to coach and play full-time. He will be also looking to achieve ECF Accredited Coaching status. Andrew now plays for Sussex County, and enjoy all aspects of the game especially the integration of technology into the study of chess.