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Images More boards at more places. Salman Azhar, Founder of BayAreaChess

Weekend Clubs - Camps

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
GM Zviad Izoria
Lead Coach

Abel Talamantez

I’ve been the Head of the Enrichment Program here at Bay Area Chess since 2015, overseeing the 100+ after-school classes and other programs we provide around the Bay Area. Promoting the fun and benefits of chess is my passion, so you’re likely to find me either in the classroom coaching and teaching, or at one of our many tournaments, answering questions and giving out trophies!

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

I've been volunteering for BAC since 2012 and became Executive Director in March, 2014.
My mission is to bring BayAreaChess to the next level in both the enrichment and the tournament side. I have a special interest in developing and offering a sustainable platform where kids can start with chess at the very beginning and develop to their fullest potential at whatever level they want to reach.

Wolfgang Behm

Senior Lead Coach and Assistant Director of Enrichment, Wolfgang Behm, is an experienced professional scholastic coach, and he has been one of the most sought after scholastic instructors in Silicon Valley for the past ten years. 

Sunday Evening Chess Club @ Cupertino

Bring your child every Sunday 5-8PM to learn chess, play against other kids, have pizza and most importantly have FUN!

Senior Coach Ford is leading this site with the assistance of Candidate Master's Coach Rich and Coach Brendyn.

New location since Jan 2017:
This location is on the same business block as the previous location.

Saturday Morning Chess Club @ Milpitas

If your child is anywhere between an absolute beginner and an intermediate player: This is the club for him or her!

Join Coach Matt and Coach Jason for a 2 hour club every Saturday morning to learn the moves, practice games, solve problems, puzzles and tactics, and most importantly have FUN!

NEW LOCATION: 372 Turquoise Street, Milpitas, CA 95035


Some pictures from the first club at the new location