Midwest Chess Academy Tim Steiner
Midwest Chess Academy
Serving Kansas City and Dallas/Ft. Worth
(469) 458-2430
(913) 789-6989


Candidate Master

Tim Steiner
USCF rating - 2100    USCF
FIDE rating -   2090    FIDE


  • Been playing competitive chess for 27 years
  • Been teaching chess for 15 years
  • Top 98th percentile of all players in the US
  • State of Kansas Champion in 2000
  • Kansas Scholastic State Co-Champion in 1991
  • Placed 12th overall out of 500 at National High School Championships in 1990
  • Was a member of scholastic team (S.M. West) that holds the record for most consecutive 1st place finishes and most 1st place finishes for a season in the state of Kansas
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology from Kansas State University
  • Former Co-President of Kansas Chess Association
  • Check out his latest performances and some games.
  • Defeated 2-time US Champion and International Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky
  • Defeated Current reigning Women's World Champion, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk in simul
  • Has coached 9 teams to MO state titles
  • Has coached 4 scholastic state individual champions
  • Kansas State champion 2012


Class B Amateur

Curtis Hartman
USCF rating - 1744 

State rank - #28           Link


  • 2002-3:  Ranked among the top five high school players in Kansas
  • Been playing for 14 years
  • 2004:  Became a certified chess coach by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and completed a professional training program for chess instructors
  • 2005-6:  Worked for Northwest Arkansas Community College, Milwaukee Area Scholastic Chess Association to teach chess classes, chess clubs, and workshops
  • 2007:  Conducted chess workshops for the Olathe Public Library
  • 2008-10:  Opened the “Hartman Chess Center” in Olathe and was the senior instructor
  • Has coached 4 state champions
  • 2010:  Student Bryce Rogers won First Place in a division of over 300 players at the National Elementary Championship
  • Top 30 player in state of Kansas
  • Recognized as being the most influential in helping jumpstart Olathe’s chess community
  • 2013: Student Nathan Gaid tied for first in K-6 unrated division with 190 players at the National Elementary Championship

Jason W

USCF Class A Amateur

Jason Wawrzaszek

USCF rating - 2015

State Rank - #6   Link

  • Been playing competitive chess for 17 years
  • Been teaching for 7 years
  • Top 95th percentile of all players in the US
  • Business scholarship to study at Wichita State University
  • Member of International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Coached 2 scholastic state individual champions