Mike Usher’s interest in the game was captured by the Fischer – Spassky World Championship match of 1972. He played competitive club chess through his teens and early twenties before career and family commitments took priority.


Having kept up an active interest in the game, Mike came into contact with CSC through the London Chess Classic, and when an opportunity arose to free some time, he started teaching for CSC in Suffolk and Norfolk.


Mike is a firm believer in the many benefits of playing chess, and enjoys the challenge of inspiring youngsters to learn and develop through the medium of the game. He particularly likes linking chess with other aspects of learning, both educationally (history, geography, language, maths etc) and socially (respecting others, fair play, dealing with winning and losing). This enjoyment has recently motivated Mike to start playing competitively again.