Jesse Wilensky

Posted: 9/15/2020 | Updated: 9/15/2020

Jesse Wilensky

Jesse WilenskyJesse first learned how to play chess from his father at the age of 5. In the words of his father, Jesse was "a little menace" with his knights. Becoming his favored piece for tactics, the knight opened the gateway (by jumping over it) for Jesse to learn, study, and play a lot more chess. Jesse's parents took the initiative and sought out a Grandmaster to teach their son. His skills went through the roof as he learned new things that elevated his game exponentially. He began to discover new ways of attacking and checking that he would have never seen as a novice chess player. Jesse won his first tournament at the age of 8 at his elementary school. Between age 8 and 13, Jesse proceeded to win many more trophies and shared 1st/2nd place victories with his close friends. Sometime in his 13th year Jesse was in the 1200 rating range. His thoughts matched his tempo in a glorious symphony. He never would have thought there would be so much depth to the game of chess.

So where is he now? Conquering the Chess World Championships? Unfortunately, Jesse's chess experience and rating climb came to an end when he discontinued chess lessons and tournaments at age 13. It was at this time that Jesse began teaching the game to young kids. From volunteering one year to working the next, Jesse quickly gained the necessary skills to teach. He worked at Syosset Chess Mates, summer camps, and more recently, ICA. Despite having not gone "all the way" in his chess career, Coach Jesse encourages his students that chess is a game for life, and one should "never stop learning" the beloved game.