Derek Tanis a US Chess Federation National Master and the founder of Fundamental Chess Academy. He has been teaching chess to young players and adults for ten years and has coached many of his students into the USCF Top 100 for their respective age groups. As a player, he was the 2006 and 2008 CA High School State Champion and served as the President & Captain of the UCLA Chess Team. He graduated from UCLA (B.S. in Physiology) in 2012.