Ben Finegold is an American grandmaster, teacher, and streamer. Known for teaching kids and having a unique brand of humor, he is part of a three-generation chess family; his father Ronald, brother Mark, and son Spencer all became master-level players as well. After earning his IM title in 1989, Finegold saw his FIDE rating near 2600 at times, but it was not until 2009, at the age of 40, that he earned his final norm to become a grandmaster. Finegold is also a two-time National Open Champion, finishing tied for 1st in both 2005 and 2008.
After lecturing at the Saint Louis Chess Club for several years, Finegold opened the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta in 2017. Finegold is also a Chess.com-partnered streamer on Twitch, often going online seven days a week. His streams include tournaments such as Arena Kings, games with viewers, and analyses of games, from those of past masters to viewer-submitted contests of their own. Countless hours of Finegold’s lectures and streams can be found on YouTube.
GM Finegold will give a Simul at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th. If there is enough interest a second simul will be announced. Please visit our Registration Page to register for this event.