Daniel Rensch

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Daniel Rensch
IM Daniel Rensch.JPG
Chess Professional
Born (1985-10-10) October 10, 1985 (age 33)
ResidenceMesa, Arizona
OccupationVice-President of Content and Professional Operations at Chess.com

Daniel Rensch (born October 10, 1985) is an American chess master, event organizer, lecturer, and commentator. He holds the Arizona State record for youngest national master at 14 years old.[1] National Master is a title awarded by the US Chess Federation when a player's rating passes 2200 on the USCF rating scale. He won the 1998 Elementary National Championship, the 2000 Junior High National Championship, tied for the 2004 National High School Championship,[2] and was the highest rated 19-year-old in the US in 2004.[3] He is the President of American Chess Events LLC[4] and Vice-President of chess.com.[5]

Professional life[edit]

IM norms[edit]

Rensch earned his final IM norm at Susan Polgar's SPICE CUP by achieving a draw against then Grandmaster candidate Ray Robson, who went on to achieve 'youngest ever Grandmaster in the United States' 2009-2014.[6]

Video lecturer[edit]

Rensch has been offering in-depth, educational chess analysis online since 2009. His well known "Rook Endgames: Beginner to Master series", "Isolated Queen Pawns", and "Pawn Structure 101" series are among the most popular on Chess.com.[7][8][9] In addition, his "Everything You Need to Know" video series designed for beginners boasts the most views of any video in Chess.com's library.[10]


Rensch is best known for his coverage of the GM Blitz Battles. His live shows at chess.com/tv include "Man vs Machine", "Call of the Wild", and "Bullet Brawls".

Event organizer[edit]

An online event, "The $40,000 GM Blitz Battle Championship", was organized and hosted by Rensch in 2016. The event included world number one, Magnus Carlsen, and 7 other world-class speed chess players.[11]

Other work[edit]

Jake Goldberger employed Rensch's chess expertise to direct the chess scenes in the independent film Life of a King.[12]


  1. ^ "Scottsdale boy nears state record in chess". AZcentral.com.
  2. ^ "Daniel Rensch". chessgames.com. Chessgames Services LLC.
  3. ^ "Road to GM: Not Broken". The United States Chess Federation.
  4. ^ "Interview with IM Daniel Rensch". Elizabeth Spiegel's blog.
  5. ^ "Member Profile: Daniel Rensch". Chess.com.
  6. ^ Polgar, Susan. "Polgar: Rensch fulfills longtime dream at SPICE Cup Tournament". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
  7. ^ "Video Series on Rook Endings". Chess.com.
  8. ^ "Video Series on Isolated Queen Pawns". Chess.com.
  9. ^ "Pawn Structure 101 Video Series". Chess.com.
  10. ^ "Everything You Need to Know 1: Start Playing Chess". Chess.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "Magnus Carlsen Headlines Chess.com Championship". prweb.
  12. ^ Graaham, Catie (February 5, 2013). "Chess Master Masters Movies". Payson Roundup. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015.

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