Matthew Shih

Matthew is a third-year PhD student in Musicology who currently teaches intermediate lessons at the Hart House Chess Club. He played in his first rated tournament at the age of eight and traveled extensively across the United States to compete in tournaments over the next decade. During this time, Matthew diversified his involvement in the chess scene, serving as a U.S. Chess Federation Tournament Director and Certified Chess Coach.

Matthew took a long break from all chess-related activities while he pursued his undergraduate education, but he is thrilled to have found a new chess home in Toronto at the HHCC. He represented UofT at the 2023 Pan-Ams and is looking forward to becoming more involved in the HHCC community through teaching.