Our Mission

Chess Mates' mission is to provide a welcome, friendly and relaxing environment for players of all levels and ages in NJ as well as the surrounding states. We also want to provide professional chess instruction for aspiring students of the game and develop strong players. Finally, we want to provide high-quality competition for our members and non-members year round.



NM Arthur Macaspac

Arthur is a National Master and 3-time U.S. All-Army Champion who learned to play chess at the age of 13 in his native Philippines. He moved to the United States at 20 and joined the Navy. He later transferred to the Army and became an officer.

In 2003 Captain Macaspac pioneered San Diego, CA's  National City Chess Club and, while serving in Iraq, conceived the idea of opening a chess club in New Jersey.

Chief Instructor
GM Leonid Yudasin

Leonid is an International Grandmaster with a long list of accomplishments and titles to his credit. He has been USSR Co-Champion (1990), a member of the 1990 gold-medal winning USSR Olympiad team, an Olympic  individual bronze-medalist (1990), a World Championship  Candidate (1991, 1994), Israeli Champion (1994, 1996) & World Open winner/co-winner (5 times).

GM Yudasin is also a respected coach and the Director of the Brooklyn Chess Academy. His many students include GM Varuzhan Akobian, IM Irina Krush and WIM Jennifer Shahade.


GM Michael Rohde

Michael earned his National Master certificate at the age of thirteen, was awarded the International Master title in 1977 and Grandmaster title in 1988. His tournament successes include 1st place in the 1987 San Francisco International & 2007 U.S. Open He wrote the "Game of the Month" column for Chess Life magazine from 1991 to 2006.


Assistant Manager
Gracielle Macaspac

Gracielle, Arthur's wife, is responsible for running various aspects of  the business, including book-keeping/accounting, updating the website.

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