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BIO 5 IM ALTOUNIAN LECTURE AND BLITZ:MAY 3RD

BIO 5 IM ALTOUNIAN LECTURE AND BLITZ:MAY 3RD

Posted on 13. Apr, 2013 by .

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Join us at the Bio5 Chess Club on Friday, May 3rd for a special free lecture by State Champion IM Levon Altounian for all 1400+ players! If you are below that rating- you can be part of the free lecture by one of the Bio5 Chess Experts. After it join us for a Blitz tournament […]

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IM MAC MOLNER AND FM PEDRAM ATOUFI CONFIRMED FOR DECEMBER 17TH TOURNAMENT!

IM MAC MOLNER AND FM PEDRAM ATOUFI CONFIRMED FOR DECEMBER 17TH TOURNAMENT!

Posted on 08. Dec, 2011 by .

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  We have wonderful news: For the Tucson Chinese Center Winter Open we have 2 great additions (players) for the “Master” section and 2 general additions to make the even even more exciting! International Master Mac Molner (who recently moved to Tucson)  and FM Pedram Atoufi ( funder of the Scottsdale Unity Chess Club) will […]

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RECAP: League Match #3

RECAP: League Match #3

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

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  League Match 3 was held on December 3 at the BASIS Oro Valley. It hosted about 160 players from many neighboring Tucson and Oro Valley schools. The formats for the tournament as well as the prizes were similar to League matches 1 and 2 and allowed players to compete in individual formats yet go […]

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League Match #3: December 3, 2011

League Match #3: December 3, 2011

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

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  Tournament play is one of the best ways to combine fun, competitive nature of the game and learning all in one. League Matches provide a nice venue towards that goal as couple of hundred players in K-12 show up to compete for numerous Individual and team trophies and medals. The registration can be done […]

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Recap: League Match #2

Recap: League Match #2

Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 by .

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The League Match #2 (November 5th, 2011) results are out! The tournament was held at a spacious Harelson Elementary school and hosted a couple of hundred players in K-3, K-6 and K-8 sections. The tournament was in the Individual format, although there were trophies for Team winners too. Here is the link to the rating […]

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Recap:Halloween Spooktacular Camp, October 29th

Recap:Halloween Spooktacular Camp, October 29th

Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 by .

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  What a fun chess Camp! The costumes, masks and visual imagery was simply outstanding and it was extremely hard to pick the winner in each group for the best Costume. At the end we had to vote and see which one got the most nods. The Chess part was wonderful also: students tested their […]

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Levon Altounian’s Chess Apps for iPhone and iPad

Levon Altounian’s Chess Apps for iPhone and iPad

Posted on 28. Oct, 2011 by .

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IM Levon Altounian has authored 3 chess apps available though Chess U for your iPhone or iPad. Check out Early Carlsen, World Cup 201, and World Cup 202. Chess U is an amazing new resource for beginners and advanced players alike. Developed by a team of international players, Chess U allows you to play through […]

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2 Back-to-Back LA Metropolitan Internationals (August 17-28th): My Impressions

2 Back-to-Back LA Metropolitan Internationals (August 17-28th): My Impressions

Posted on 30. Aug, 2011 by .

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Organized by the Metropolitan Chess (metrochessla.com)   The 1st one of the 2 back-to-back events organized by Metropolitan Chess (the brainchild of the ever charismatic Ankit Gupta) was held August 17-22 in Downtown Los Angeles Sheraton Hotel. The official name of it was “1st International” but it felt like a very mature tournament. We even […]

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2011 Arizona State Championship Results for ACFS students

2011 Arizona State Championship Results for ACFS students

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 by .

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2011 Arizona State Grades Results: January 9th, 2011 Congratulations to all of ACFS students for wonderful results at the State Championship! Those students are associated with ACFS through the affiliate after-school programs, chess camps, after-school programs and Private and Group lessons with our coaches. Personal congratulations to my students too for a wonderful performance! Below […]

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Why Chess is good for your IQ

Why Chess is good for your IQ

Posted on 22. Dec, 2010 by .

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Chess benefits for kids Playing chess can be a good strategy to promote learning. By Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy, Special to Tribune Newspapers December 21, 2010 A prodigious body of research says that chess for youngsters translates into increased ability in logic, creativity, problem-solving, memory, reading and self-confidence. Studies show that even average children who play […]

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Samuel Sevian- Youngest Master Ever!

Samuel Sevian- Youngest Master Ever!

Posted on 22. Dec, 2010 by .

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Below is the link to one of the most recent publications on Sam. Making a 2200 USCF being 9 years old is a Super Achievement by any standards. Congratulation to a fellow Armenian and his coach, my old friend Andranik Matikozian. Santa Clara boy, 9, becomes youngest U.S. Chess Master Also posted at MSN.com as […]

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Tucson Chinese Center USCF Tournament: October 2nd, 2010

Tucson Chinese Center USCF Tournament: October 2nd, 2010

Posted on 12. Sep, 2010 by .

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The Tucson Chinese Community Center (TCCC) and ACFS will host their 2nd USCF Rated tournament on October 2nd, 2010. Those who have had the pleasure of attending the previous events at TCCC, surely remember the spacial playing room, beautiful waiting room and the wonderful and relaxing atmosphere that TCCC is all about. This time around […]

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After-School Group Lessons available starting September 2010!

After-School Group Lessons available starting September 2010!

Posted on 12. Sep, 2010 by .

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Need high quality, affordable lessons with similar strength kids? This is it! Group lessons will be available with 2010 AZ State Champion, IM Levon Altounian for the 4-week group classes. They start in the middle of September and are open for all students under age of 12 and under 1000 USCF rating. The classes will […]

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CHESS CLUB FLYERS FOR SCHOOLS

Posted on 25. Aug, 2010 by .

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Here is a list of ACFS sponsored schools and their respective fliers for the chess clubs that have yet to start this year.There are few schools pending the final version and they will also be posted as soon as possible. SATORI SCHOOL: SATORI 2010 CASTLEHILL SCHOOL:CASTLEHILL 2010 REGISTER TULLY SCHOOL:TULLY 2010 ST.JOSEPH PARISH:ST.JOSEPH 2010 TANQUE […]

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FM Warren Harper: US Junior Ch-ship recap

FM Warren Harper: US Junior Ch-ship recap

Posted on 11. Aug, 2010 by .

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I got a surprise e-mail about three weeks before the tournament from Tony Rich, the chief organizer of the Junior Closed and Women’s Championship, inviting me to play in the tournament. When I first read the invitation, I really wanted to play because I hadn’t really played in a strong tournament for a very long […]

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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Posted on 21. Apr, 2009 by .

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Instructors: Professor Sandiway Fong, Levon Altounain This is one of the most fun and educational chess projects I have embarked on. It started as an experiment after having long conversations with the U of A Business school professor Amar Gupta, who suggested combining chess with a subject that also deals with similar issues of analysis […]

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Gordon and George Ruan: A portrait in black and white

Gordon and George Ruan: A portrait in black and white

Posted on 21. Jan, 2009 by .

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AT FIRST GLANCE, brothers Gordon and George Ruan may seem like polar opposites. Gordon is a senior; George is a subfreshman. The former is calm and collected; the latter is excitable and energetic. However, they both share a fascination that transcends their differences and allows them both to see a world that is invisible to the casual observer.

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University High School Urbana Shocks IHSA with State Chess Championship Victory

University High School Urbana Shocks IHSA with State Chess Championship Victory

Posted on 02. Jan, 2009 by .

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In a battle that made David and Goliath seem like a fair fight, tiny University High School in Urbana with an enrollment of 245 faced off against the top ranked Lincolnshire Stevenson whose enrollment is 4545 at the IHSA State High School Chess championship.

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Castlehill chess club plays to win; Arizona Daily Star

Castlehill chess club plays to win; Arizona Daily Star

Posted on 24. Feb, 2008 by .

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Last month, Castlehill won the 14th annual Arizona State Grade Championship for fifth-graders, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Chess Association. The championship is one of 12 state titles the school has won since 2002, as well as a national championship in 2004, said Levon Altounian, Castlehill chess coach.

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2006 Western Alliance Chess Camp – Success strikes in Tucson By FM Robby Adamson

2006 Western Alliance Chess Camp – Success strikes in Tucson By FM Robby Adamson

Posted on 21. Jul, 2006 by .

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The 1st Annual Western Alliance Chess Camp debut in Tucson was a tremendous success, attracting over 60 participants from Tucson, Arizona, as well as some out of town students from as far as Illinois! The camp was held June 24-27, 2006, at St. Joseph’s in Tucson, and was organized by Tucson International Master, Levon Altounian. […]

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