Christopher Toolin was born in Providence, RI and learned to move the chess pieces around age 5. However, chess remained 'just a game' until age 10 when an afterschool program paired him with his future coach and mentor, Jorge Sammour-Hasbun. With only six years age difference between them, Chris grew quickly under Jorge's tutelage eventually earning Scholastic Championships at the State, New England, and National levels. In 2001, as Pan-American Co-Champion Chris was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas to play for their prestigious chess team. In 2007 he earned the National Master title, while graduating from UT Dallas in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Although still an active competitor, Chris has found time to grow his successful teaching business over the past ten years into what is now the NTCA.