Chess: Full CV

This page details Vanessa Sun’s complete work experience in chess, especially the majority of her chess writing and photography.

Employment / Volunteering

  • In 2017, I was a judge for Best of US Chess 2016, selecting the best articles published on US Chess (Chess Life Online) in 2016
  • The Browning School: Chess teacher, 2018 – 2020
  • U.S. Chess School: Social Media & Teaching Assistant for IM Greg Shahade, 2016-2018
  • Marshall Chess Club: Tournament Director & Blog Contributor, 2017 – 2019
  • Chess at Three: Tutor, 2016 – 2018
  • Chess in the Schools: Advisory Board member and freelance photographer, 2017
  • Long Island Chess Nuts: Summer Camp Staff, 2015

Chess Writing / Publication List


Chess Life


US Chess Federation/Chess Life Online

Author Profile Link: US Chess


Author Profile Link: ChessBase



Marshall Chess Club Blog

In 2017, the Marshall Chess Club started a blog on their website. It is now defunct, likely replaced by the Marshall Spectator articles. For a brief time, I contributed to several posts, which now appear to be largely archived here, but also partially hosted on a defunct blog here. I link below all my blog posts, using the best visually formatted article. You can find screenshots of the old Marshall Chess Club blog using the Wayback Machine, which also archived the website’s blog through screen captures.

Chess^Summit Blog

Photographs Used in Chess Media

* indicates articles also written by photographer, will also be listed in the Chess Writing / Publication List section above



  • Cover Photo and Table of Contents photos, May 2017


US Chess Federation/Chess Life Online

Kasparov Foundation


ChessBase seems to delete many photos on their website. I provide secondary, archived version links using Wayback Machine so viewers can see the article with images in its full form.

Chess in the Schools

Other Media

US Chess Federation Social Media Takeovers


  • Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship – December 2018
  • All Girls Nationals – April 2018
  • Final Four Collegiate Championship – March 2018
  • U.S. Amateur Team East – February 2018
  • U.S. Open – August 2017
  • U.S. Denker Tournament of High School Champions, Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, and the National Girls’ Tournament of Champions – August 2017
  • U.S. Amateur Team East – February 2017