Nick Hawkins was taught chess by his brother aged 5 and played friendly games at primary school and at senior school he became very keen. He enjoys competitive chess and developed a lifelong passion for the history of the game and its greatest players. Nick played for the first teams of both Liverpool and Lancaster University, and played for the Merseyside County team for 20 years and in the 4NCL for 15 years. Nick was the marketing director of the British Chess Federation from 2000-2004.


He became a chess coach in 1992 and joined Chess in Schools and Communities in 2014. He enjoys coaching particularly those moments when children grasp new concepts and ideas. A University Lecturer for 21 years, Nick enjoys the process of building interactions with young people, and concentrates on making learning enjoyable through logic which he believes underpins good chess.