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UPCOMING EVENTS

Ledesma Chess Club

BayAreaChess is excited to start a chess club at Ledesma Elementary!

Join us for the short session before summer breaks out, to get the basics of chess!

Registration is pending to be open due to the School District's insurance certificate requirement. Any questions meanwhile email us at ask@bayareachess.com

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Jordan Middle School Chess Club

OPEN TO EVERYONE - non Jordan MS students are Welcome!

BayAreaChess is excited to start a pilot program at the Jordan Middle School with our best of the best instructor: Grand Master Zviad Izoria.

He is a multiple youth world champion, as well as an amazing coach. Please, join his class on Thursday, we welcome all levels from beginner to advanced level chess players.

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Dr. Judit Sztaray
Executive Director
Abel Talamantez
Deputy Director, Director of Enrichment
Wolfgang Behm
Assistant Director of Enrichment, Senior Lead Coach
IM Kostya Kavutskiy
Senior Coach, BAC Team Coordinator
James Bethany
Senior Lead Coach, BAC Club Coordinator
GM Cristian Chirila
Head Coach - Elite Team
GM Daniel Naroditsky
Head Coach - Elite Team
IM Faik Aleskerov
Senior Lead Coach

Jordan Middle School Chess Club

OPEN TO EVERYONE - non Jordan MS students are Welcome!

BayAreaChess is excited to start a pilot program at the Jordan Middle School with our best of the best instructor: Grand Master Zviad Izoria.

He is a multiple youth world champion, as well as an amazing coach. Please, join his class on Thursday, we welcome all levels from beginner to advanced level chess players.

GM Daniel Naroditsky

Daniel Naroditsky is a Grandmaster, World Youth Under-12 Champion (2007), U.S. Junior Champion (2013), three-time U.S. Scholastic Champion, and author of two chess books.
His home page is: http://danielnaroditskychess.com.

He joined the BAC Coaching staff in June 2016 and now coaches the Elite Team with GM Cristian Chirila. It's BAC's honor to have him aboard.

Abel Talamantez

Abel Talamantez joined BayAreaChess in May 2015 as the Director of Enrichment. He previously founded and was Executive Director of Castling Kids Chess Team from 2012-2015 and led that organization until it merged with BAC, bringing all the CK schools and coaches along.
He is always looking for new ideas to promote the benefits of chess to children.

GM Cristian Chirila


GM Cristian Chirila

GM Ioan-Cristian Chirila was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1991. He was introduced to chess at the age of five by his father, and by the age of 13, took 9th place at the 2004 Romanian Men’s Chess Championship. As you would expect from such a fast learner, he dominated Romanian junior chess, both individually and in team events. In 2007, he won the World Youth Championship in the U/16 category.

Dr. Judit Sztaray

Judit has volunteer at BAC since 2012 and became Executive Director in March, 2014. Judit's mission is to bring BayAreaChess to the next level in both the enrichment and the tournament side.

After receiving her MS and PhD in Chemistry, she worked at the Hungarian Research Center, UNC and DUKE before moving to California in 2008. She started at the Institutional Research Office at the University of the Pacific in 2010 before joining BAC in 2014.

She has three daughters, all of them playing chess and aiming to follow the road that the Polgar sister's has paved:)