Chess in the Classroom from The Chess Detective®


Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Todd Bardwick learned how to play chess at age 6 from his father Alan, an Expert rated player. Todd attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduate first in his Civil Engineering class. As a structural engineer, he moved to San Diego for 5 years where he worked as a rocket scientist.

Returning to Denver in the late 1980s, Todd ran his own businesses, before discovering his passion for teaching chess.

Today, Todd is one of only a handful of chess masters in the country who has been a full-time chess teacher for well over 20 years. He has taught numerous state and national scholastic champions, taught over 10,000 chess classes, and is the most experienced chess teacher at the master level in the Rocky Mountain region of the country.

Chess highlights

  • National Master and 5-time Denver Chess Champion
  • Founded Rocky Mountain Chess Camp - one of the countries oldest and largest chess camps for children
  • Internationally recognized best-selling chess author
  • Chess Life for Kids columnist, 2002-present
  • Rocky Mountain News Chess Columnist, 1993-2009 (paper closed)
  • Runs Chess Academy of Denver
  • Runs Denver Scholastic Chess Series
  • USCF Senior Level Tournament Director
  • Speaks twice a year at the Pepsi Center at Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games
  • International best-selling chess author