Dereque Kelley @

When you think of Seattle, what comes to mind? Maybe Starbucks, Microsoft and the space needle, right? Well… it is a nice city with a lot of great places such as the Fisherman’s Wharf and the birthplace of famous icons such as the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. However, there have been many other arts that have found a home in Seattle and chess is one of them.

Yasser Seirawan put the city on the map as one of the world’s elite players in the 80s. There was Erik Andersen’s America Foundation for Chess host the U.S. Championships through 2007. Perhaps Seattle is getting another boost from a local Master.

National Master Dereque Kelley of has produced a number of useful videos explaining basic opening principles. His approach is simple and his explanations are clear which are aided by a viewer-friendly format. Kelley covers a number of topical openings including the Najdorf Sicilian, Slav, French Winawer, King’s Gambit, Caro-Kann and even the Vienna Game. His videos can be found on YouTube, Google+ and Dailymotion. Following are a few of his sessions:

Chess Openings – Najdorf Sicilian by chessopenings.



  1. I stumbled across this website by accident a few days ago and I was very impressed by this young brother so I definitely wanted everyone to know about him. Thanks Daaim!

    1. I found the website by accident too. He explains clearly and easily. I want to improve my understanding of chess opening, so his product is certainly the way to go for me. Thanks alot.

  2. Yes… I appreciate it. Another brother sent me a message about him a couple weeks ago. His videos are very good for beginners, but also for those wanting an overview of openings they don’t often play.

  3. Hello,
    I would like to thanks Dereque for his chess video lessons.
    I’m learning to play chess and I study a lot with these videos.
    Best regards.
    Milan – Italy

    1. Yeah agreed he did a nice job to be a traditionalist which is kinda interesting from an ULTRAMODERN point of view.

  4. Hi Dereque,
    I just wanted to say that I think you are doing a great job and that I really appreciate the time and effort you put into making your videos which are such an asset to the chess community

  5. Yeah Max hes doin a decent job for a person that is workin with outdated traditional Openings and what not! So i can see where someone like u would admire the work! OH drummas our brotha Bernard Parham participatin in the U.S. Champ. tourny my hope is that you all can find it in ur heart to support this brotha whos been on the chess scene doin his thing for a long time. IF you want to know what true genius is find out what this brotha gettin into then we can discover our own understandin of chess!!!!. Adia i told u i wuz goin to the QUADRUPLE EXCLAIM!!!! hahaha (Daaim dont read this man all the chess playas of african descent in buffalo ny who practice the “whtie mannish chess” KNOW UM KTAZY!!!! ULTRAMODERNIST.

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