Steven Baruffi has been playing chess since 1986. In the first three years of playing, he went from an unrated player to 1876 USCF rated player after the U.S. Team Amateur South in Florida. He has a MS in chemistry from the University of South Florida. Upon retirement in 2011, Mr. Baruffi resumed actively studying and playing tournament chess again. He has a current rating of 1735. Mr. Baruffi started coaching with Shining Knights Chess in the Summer of 2012.