NM Makaio Krienke


Hello! My name is Makaio Krienke and I started playing chess at the age of 14. My chess career started out playing in a few tournaments in Hawaii and then in Central Florida where there is a big chess culture. Since I’ve been in Florida, I’ve had the pleasure of learning from several strong players and enhancing my playing skills. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve gained and hope to encourage more people to play chess. I have been coaching chess in person for more than 3 years, including my time as an elementary school chess teacher at Franklin Academy to over 600 students. I am looking to expand to different platforms of teaching chess, such as the internet.

Aside from playing and studying chess, I like to read and write about finance as well as play video games.

Makaio Krienke

Some information about myself:

  • Makaio Krienke
  • 26 years old
  • Highest USCF Rating = 2229
  • USCF National Master since 2013
  • Started playing chess competitively at age 14, now 26 years old with 12 years of experience
  • 3+ years of experience coaching chess players in person



  • Tie for 1st at the 2008 World Open winning $12,000
  • 1st place at the 2009 US Amateur Team South Tournament
  • Tie for 2nd at the 2010 North American Open winning $3,000
  • Tie for 3rd at 2013 World open winning $1,500
  • 1st place at the 2014 Ocala Summer classic
  • 2nd place at ZPR Florida Invitational 2016

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