Hailing from McKinney Texas, David Riddle is a proud native Texan and lovingly referred to as “Mr. Mustache” by many of his students. Like most, David learned the moves to chess when he was young, but did not truly fall in love with chess until he was much older. Although being a self taught chess player is considered unorthodox, David is not bothered by it and believes this allows him to explain chess concepts to his students more naturally and with greater simplicity. Having a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas, David teaches chess because he loves teaching, loves chess, and loves working with kids and it shows through his animated and charismatic teaching style.
GM Julio Sadorra
Q: What is your favorite chess opening?
A: My favorite opening is the London System. It’s not a fancy opening, and I’m not a fancy guy.
Q: Who is your favorite chess player?
A: Definitely Paul Morphy. Even though many of his games would not be considered as sound today, I love the creative way he thought, which inspires me to think outside the box when I play.
Q: What is your most memorable chess moment?
A: Honestly, my favorite chess moments are every time I see a concept “click” for a student and how excited they get.
Q: What is the best lesson you have learned through chess?
A) Patience! I cannot tell you how many games I have lost that I should have won because I was impatient to attack or moved before I really studied the board. Patience is not only a virtue; it’s victory!