Ilya Krasik

Born in St Petersburg Russia where I began taking lesson at a specialised chess school. Captain of school chess team, assistant captain of district elementary school, I still have fond memories of our team matches on 30 boards, that's when 30 kids play vs 30 kids from another town and you need to score over 50÷ for an aggregate team win, it was nerve wrecking!

      I moved to Boston in 1991, competed in many tournaments both scholastic and adult ones and rose quickly through the ranks, consistently making the top 50 U.S junior list. I'm a graduate of Newton North High School and UMASS Boston, majoring in Political Science with an Economics minor. I've been teaching for many years now and have students who have themselves become masters, have won state titles and have gotten scholarships from prestigious universities based on their chess merit. I enjoy working with kids, seeing them grow both as players and as individuals and there is nothing else I would rather be doing!


Achievements and Awards:


National and Life Master, Current Fide rating 2235 


Two time MA high school Co-champion.

4th place in Nationals Middle school 1994-(Rye town NY)

Manager and player on the Semi-professional chess team the Boston Blitz 2005-2016, 2006 All-star, 4-time winner of the prestigious game of the week award.(

Professional trainer 2003 in MA and RI

Awarded with a certificate of Merit 2011 by RI Senate for developing many top players there, some of whom are now Masters.

2015 Metrowest Chess club champions largest Club in NE(

Winner of 2016 Boston Chess Congress Blitz championship

Winning coach of the 2016 State champions Cabot elementary in the annual Hurvitz cup competition.




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Erik Skalnes

I am 1900 rated chess player from Oregon, where I won the state championship. I started playing chess when I was seven and have loved it since. 



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Chris Williams

Chris Williams was born in Cambridge and began playing chess in elementary school when a teacher introduced him to the game at the age of 12. It didn’t take long for the student to surpass the teacher. Chris became consumed with the game and won his first tournament while still in middle school. He attained the level of master by age 16 and earned the rank of international master at Foxwoods Open in 2008. The same year, he won the title of Massachusetts High School Champion.


Chris is an instructor for both Chess and Kids and for the New England Chess School, teaching classes in Brighton, Lexington and Newton. His students are a little younger than he was -- usually in the 5- to 8-year-old range. “In my classes I try to stress the importance of sportsmanship and not getting upset if they lose. I tell them, ‘Mathematically it’s impossible for anyone to play and never lose.’ “

Chris has participated in hundreds of scholastic and adult tournaments. He currently holds the title of 2016 Massachusetts State Chess Co-Champion and winner of 2016 Rhode Island State Championship.





Achievements and Awards:

National and Life Master

Former Ma High school and middle school champion

Tied for 1st in National middle school competition.

Trainer of famous Danny Kopec chess camps 2003-2006

Current MA state co-champion.

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