ImagesRichard Willis

Lead Coach

Rich Willis started playing chess in the Bobby Fischer era, before the introduction of chess computers, digital chess clocks, and instructional videos. 
After Rich graduated from Duke University with an engineering degree, chess took a back seat during the next several decades as Rich married, had a family, and developed his career in technology and finance.
In 2015, Rich re-engaged with the chess world, once again participating in tournaments and surpassing his previous best rating by reaching the expert level. Rich is eager to help others pursue this path as well.
Coach Rich also joined the BAC Coach team in 2015, and has been an enthusiastic coach at many sites where he shares his extensive knowledge and tournament experience with the interested students.  He is especially interested in applying innovative pedagogical techniques to the task of chess instruction.

Coach Rich is a FIDE certified National Instructor.

redress  Coach Rich is RedCross certified in adult, child and baby First Aid, CPR, AED.


virtus Coach Rich has completed the VIRTUS online training for the Diocese of San Jose.