David Okike learnt to play chess in primary school when he was eight and soon developed a love for the game. He later became a London junior champion, before moving to Nigeria with his family. While studying engineering at University he became the National champion of Nigeria, but due to work commitments had to practically abandon competitive chess playing.

 

He was introduced to chess coaching by a friend in 2009 and helped out in some junior chess clubs on a part time basis. He discovered how rewarding it was to teach youngsters the rudiments of the game and to see how they enjoyed the competition and logic of the game.

 

He began coaching at primary schools in 2011 and joined the CSC programme in 2012. He currently coaches in over eight schools throughout London and several junior chess clubs. He also plays for the famous Kings Head Chess club in both the 4NCL and London League.