Mike McDermott is a former student of Grandmaster, and seven-time US Champion Samuel Reshevsky. Mike has attained the rank of Candidate Master in the USCF. A full-time chess instructor for the NSCF, Mike’s students include a National Scholastic Champion. He loves to entertain his students with stories of his games against famous chess personalities, especially his loss against Bobby Fischer and his simultaneous exhibitions draws against two other former World Champions, Gary Kasparov and Boris Spassky.
A retired Physical Education teacher, Mike makes good use of his experience during the NSCF Summer Chess Program, when he serves as both a chess coach and recreation coordinator.