Today's guest on Perpetual Chess is renowned chess teacher and author, FM Sunil Weerumantry. Sunil has been teaching chess in the New York area for more than 30 years and has coached more national scholastic champions than one can count. He is also the step dad of GM Hikaru Nakamura and his brother Asuka, who also broke many US Scholastic records as a child. Sunil and I discussed:
The great new book he co-authored with Alan Abrams and Robert McClellan called Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History. I highly recommend this book for chess teachers and chess history buffs.
Sunil's story of growing up in Sri Lanka, making his way to New York, and becoming a chess teacher.
What does one need to be "talented at chess"? Did he notice it in Hikaru and Asuka?
Stories from travels with Hikaru and meeting chess legends
Thanks to Sunil for joining me. You can order his book here. To support the podcast, go here.