FM Peter Giannatos, Founder and Director of the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy, has an informative bi-weekly stream on Twitch. FM Peter Giannatos is FIDE Master since February of 2017. Peter is also a United States Chess Federation National Master (NM)/Life Master (LM), Senior Tournament Director, and FIDE International Arbiter (IA).
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Peter Giannatos grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before moving to Charlotte in 2001. He attended James Martin Middle School and Vance High School before attending college at UNC-Charlotte.
Peter learned how to play chess at the age of 7, but did not compete in his first tournament until he was 13. In 2004, he competed in his first tournament, achieving a USCF rating of 589. With hard work and dedication, Peter achieved the expert rating (2000+ USCF) in 2008. Peter teaches students the same techniques he used to rapidly improve.
Peter earned his FIDE Master (FM) title (2300+ FIDE) in February of 2017. One of only 4 players in North Carolina history to earn that title. Peter is also a United States Chess Federation National Master (NM)/Life Master (LM), Senior Tournament Director, and FIDE International Arbiter (IA).
Peter spends most of his time at the CCCSA planning and organizing events/programs. His main focus and philosophy has always been to bring chess to a the level of other professional sports/games. . In November of 2020, he was interviewed for one of the world’s most popular chess podcasts, The Perpetual Chess Podcast.
Peter has been teaching and organizing chess for more than 10 years. Peter has a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.
Peter is the Founder and Director of the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy.
The Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (CCCSA), founded in March of 2014, serves as a place where members of all ages and skill levels can congregate and enjoy the royal game of chess. The CCCSA also has an open library of over 700 books.
The CCCSA serves as an educational hub for chess in the Charlotte area; offering camps, classes and lectures year round.
The CCCSA runs weekly and monthly chess events such as weekly rated play, special events, lectures, classes, weekend tournaments. The CCCSA is constantly making efforts to create partnerships with local and national educational programs to further the expansion of chess not only locally but nationally.
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