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ImagesDr. Judit Sztaray

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Executive Director
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.

I'm super proud of my hard working colleagues and our excellent professional coaching staff. We truly offer the BEST training with the BEST coaches in the US. Everyone can find a class and level they are looking for from absolutely beginner, to the country's top level, 2200+ players..

BayAreaChess offers enrichment classes, weekend clubs, summer and winter camps, and team training classes. We also organize the most tournaments in the US in a year: we have scholastic tournaments open to any player in K-Grade12, and we have regular tournaments open to anyone regardless of age.
Recently I had the honor to be named the 2016 Organizer of the Year by the United States Chess Federation, USCF.


After receiving my MS and PhD in Chemistry, I worked at the Hungarian Research Center in Budapest, Hungary, UNC in Chappel Hill, NC and DUKE in Durham, NC before moving to California in 2008. I've worked at the Institutional Research Office at the University of the Pacific from 2010 before joining BAC in 2014.

I have three daughters, Reka, Bori and Saci, all of them playing chess and aiming to follow the road that the Polgar sister's has paved:)