Andrew Svehaug is quickly becoming one of the leading Chess educators of his generation. As the Founder and CEO of the American Chess Institute, he is responsible for the leadership and strategic vision of the organization. With a background as a U.S. Scholastic Chess Champion, and as a coach of State and National champions, Andrew is in high demand as a Chess clinician and consultant. By the age of twenty-three, Andrew held an M.B.A., as well as degrees in Business Administration and Applied Music. Graduating with Magna Cum Laude Honors, Andrew was awarded “The Outstanding Senior in Business Administration” as an undergrad, as well as “The Outstanding MBA Graduate” by the School of Business at Azusa Pacific University. Andrew and his work have received media attention in publications such as The Columbian, The San Gabriel Valley Examiner, and The Santa Barbara News-Press. Andrew’s extensive career as a Chess player and teacher has taken him to fifteen states, to Canada, and he has also been a guest clinician in Germany. Andrew enjoys classical music, reading, basketball, traveling, and working with young people.
Brian Svehaug, like his brother Andrew, is quickly becoming one of the leading chess educators of his generation. As the COO and the Los Angeles Regional Manager, he is responsible for the leadership of the Los Angeles Region of Success Through Chess. With a background as the Captain of a U.S. Scholastic Championship Team, and coach of State and National champions, Brian is a highly respected trainer of Chess instructors. Brian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition, and was awarded “The Outstanding Senior in Music Theory and Composition” from the Azusa Pacific University School of Music. This background in both Chess and music uniquely equip Brian with the desire to utilize Chess to help students achieve their dreams- whatever they may be. Brian competed in an Olympic Distance Triathlon in 2010, and enjoys music, writing, traveling, sports, and working with young people.