Jim Stevenson began playing chess around age eight, snared like so many others by the legendary Fischer – Spassky match. In nearly 40 years of tournament play he has competed against, and perhaps more importantly learned from, many strong players. Jim has notched up tournament wins against eight Scottish Champions, and several other international masters. He recently represented Scotland in the World Seniors Team Championship in Dresden.


Away from the chess board, Jim is a graduate in History, and in Law, and worked for many years as a business manager in a London secondary school. Feeling the need to enjoy a ‘mid life crisis’ a few years back, Jim jumped ship to begin a new career teaching chess. He currently represents CSC in five London Schools, works with junior chess clubs, and offers private coaching. He still does not know the best defence to 1.d2-d4 despite his students' frequent enquiries.