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Diana Tulman
Diana, one of the co-founders of the ICA, has an obvious love for the game of chess, which helps inspire her students not only to become better, but also to develop their own passion for the game. It is this passion that compels so many of her students to stick with chess.
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GM Irina Levitina
Irina is one of the most accomplished woman players from the days of the Soviet Union. Irina was a three-time USSR Women's Champion in 1971, 1979, and 1980, as well as winner of the Women's Olympiad in 1972 (scoring 5.5 out of 6), in 1974 (scoring 7.5 out of 9), and in 1984 (scoring 6.5 out of 11). Irina was given the rank of Woman's International Grand Master in 1976.
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GM Alex Stripunsky
GM Stripunsky has gained great respect and recognition as one of America's Elite Grandmasters and is known as one of the Premier Chess Coaches in the US as well.
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WGM Tatiana Grabuzova
Most kids are surprised to find that Tanya is, as they put it ,“a girl,” is the strongest chess player in our main camp. No one, and I mean no one save for perhaps Sergey or Gregory (with the help of a few well-timed distractions) can come close to beating her at the chessboard. If it was a competition involving carrying refrigerators and TV sets up and down the stairs,
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Sergey Grabuzov
Sergey is a graduate of the "Russian State University of Physical Education," (http://www.sportedu.ru/), and a respected senior member of its faculty. Dating back to 1990 Sergey has trained and prepared a total of 5 current Grandmasters, and just about an infinite number of International Masters.
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Igor Yeliseyev 
Chess and working with kids are two of my greatest passions that have happily synergized for me in my work as a professional chess coach of more than 30 years.
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Chris Welcome
NM Chris Welcome is an experienced chess instructor who has been teaching scholastically since 2000.
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Slava Koza
Slava has been teaching chess for roughly a decade, which is an intriguing feat given that he is only twenty-five years old. His knowledge of chess is based on both the tutelage of the ICA's founders, as well as informal games with his grandfather.
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WFM Hana Itkis
Khana Itkis is a New York city based chess instructor and Woman Fide Master, who has been teaching chess for over ten years.
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Genry Krichevsky
Genry has been a member of the ICA family for 23 years now. Having started as a student at the age of 4, he was one of ICA’s prize students for 15 years.
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Eugene Sokolovsky
I fell in love with Mathematics when I was a teenager and am still fascinated with the subject. I pursued a concentration in Mathematics at Columbia University on an undergraduate level, and obtained an MS in Pure/Applied Mathematics at Montclair State University (GPA=3.91)
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Ivette Rubio
I've been playing chess ever since I can remember. I didn't like it at first, but because it was introduced in school as part of the curriculum I had to learn how to play.
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Max Schwarz
Max is a National Master who got his start at ICA as first a student and then a teacher. During his classes, Max tries to share not only his chess knowledge, but also his passion for the game.
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Sean Finn
Sean Finn is a candidate master who has taught chess professionally for many years. He played his first tournament when he was six and Sean has been in love with the game ever since.
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Vitaly Tseytlin
Vitaly was taught to play chess at a tender age of 6 by his grandfather and has liked the game ever-since.
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Nicholas Katz
Nicholas strives to put forth a structured curriculum to field well-rounded players with no holes in their game. He also tries to keep a fun and engaging classroom rather than a “sit down, be quiet, and listen to the teacher” attitude...
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David Rubenfeld
David, as a result of three years of diligent concentration and earnest self-study, attained expert strength at sixteen years of age.
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Joe Pacella
Joe is a Chess Teacher and ICA Chief Tournament Director. He specialize in teaching chess to the younger children ages 5 to 11 years old.
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Simon Tsinis
Simon is a childhood friend of Ms. Tulman, and was a major influence in her entrance into the chess world. As a child, Ms. Tulman suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of her childhood acquaintance at a local park, and was driven to ensure that it would never happen again. The two have been friends ever since, and Simon has been a staunch supporter of the ICA program.
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Roman Kharchuk
Roman Kharchuk is another one of our incredible coaches. He has a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and a Masters in Education from MSU
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Melanie Lerner
Melanie Lerner carries a love for teaching chess.
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Philip Blumin
Philip has been playing chess for 14 years and has been teaching chess at ICA since 2016.
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Robert Lieberman
Robert Lieberman has vast experience at playing and teaching chess. Robert began playing at 9 years old and played on his championship high school team.
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Andrew Volynsky
Andrew Volynsky is currently a sophomore at Tenafly High School. He enjoys sports just as much as he enjoys coaching and playing chess, and avidly runs track and plays soccer. Andrew has been playing chess since the age of 4
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Alessandro De Marchi-Blumstein
Alessandro has been playing chess since he was 5, and he has been teaching chess and directing tournaments since 2016.
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Zoya Koza
Math education in the 21st century has visibly evolved. As a math teacher I was very active in the implementation of new math standards in the New York City public school system for 20 years.
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GM Artur Yusupov
Appearing three times in the semi-finals of the world championship, Artur is unquestionably considered one of the best players of the last two decades. He is one of Mark Dvoretsky's star pupils, and played a major role in the preparation of many of today's younger Grandmasters such as Peter Svidler...
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GM Sasha Chernin
Currently Based out of Hungary, Alex "Sasha" Chernin is a former candidate to the title of world champion, as well as former Soviet co-champion. Chernin has also authored a number of best selling books, the most famous of which is the "Pirc Alert!"
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Alex Vischer
Alex has loved mathematics since he was young and is still enamored with the subject. He is a fifth-year undergraduate studying math at the University of Oregon
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Jesse Wilensky
Jesse first learned how to play chess from his father at the age of 5. In the words of his father, Jesse was "a little menace" with his knights. Becoming his favored piece for tactics, the knight opened the gateway (by jumping over it) for Jesse to learn, study, and play a lot more chess.
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