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5-time Washington State Champion, Slava Mikhailuk and his coach Gennadiy Chepur, offers group lessons for tournament players. During the classes, students study typical middle game ideas and positions, practice basic endgames, play games with clocks and notation, and work on puzzles.

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Hello chess families,


Welcome to ASE chess club. During the year we are going to study and play chess, solve chess puzzles, and go to tournaments. We use points system to keep track of the students’ progress. I assign optional homework. Students who do the homework receive extra points. The home work can be found on my website: http://artschoolellen.com. You can also find more info about our chess as well as other afterschool classes including math, piano, art, etc.

If you are new to chess, there is a great computer game “Learn to play chess with Fritz and Chesster” 1, 2, and 3 which explains all the rules and more in a form of games. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Play-Chess-Fritz-Chesster/dp/B00068M52W

The best way to improve and to enjoy chess is to play. There are several options. First, there are many computer programs which allow you to play against the computer, set up different levels, etc. I recommend:

Fritz: http://www.amazon.com/Viva-Media-603-Twelfth-Edition/dp/B003B2MLDI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1315410675&sr=8-4

For IPad, I like Shredder.

Another option is to play on-line. The best site is ICC or Internet Chess Club http://www.chessclub.com/ . It’s a membership-based service (about $7 a month) which ensures safe environment. Most of my private students play there.

There are also many scholastic chess tournaments. They are usually held on Saturdays. We organize our tournaments about once a month from October to June. I will be sending the tournament announcements, and post them on-line as well as pictures of the participants and winners with trophies and medals.

Feel free to reply to me if you have any questions.

Have a nice school year!


Chess coachs,

Slava Mikhayluk & Gennady Chepur

Performance 2019



Kirill Filimonov (left) takes 4 out of 5 and got 3rd place in Sunny Hills Fall Tournament in 1-3 Open Overall Section

Nikita Filippov (right) takes 3.5 out of 5 and got 4th place in Bryant Fall Classic Tournament in 1st Grade Section






Olga Andreeva takes 3.5 out of 5 and got 1-2nd  place in Classic Tournament in 4-6 Open Overall Section






Kirill Filimonov takes 3.5 out of 5 and got 1st place in 2008 Jhon Muir Chess Tournament 1-st  gr. Section





Anthony takes 4 out of 5 and got 2nd  place in Classic Tournament in 4-6 Open Overall Section

Anthony takes 4 out of 5 and got 1-st  place in Shelton View 2008 Classic Tournament in 4-6 Open Overall Section

Kirill takes 5 out of 5 and got 1-st place in Shelton View 2008 Classic Tournament in 1-3 Section 





Our chess star Nikita Filippov (7 y.o.)  takes 5 out of 5 and got 1-st place in USDC Classic Tournament in 3-d Grade Section







Our chess star Kirill Filimonov (7 y.o.)  takes 5 out of 5 and got 1-st place in USDC Classic Tournament in 3-d Grade Section




Chess stars: Kirill (8 y.o.), Olga(10 y.o.), and Anton(11 y.o.) take 5 out of 4 in USDC Classic Tournament in own Grades Section






Nikita and his school team won 1st place in National Chess Competition 2009 and 4th place in National Backhouse Competition



Rising star Marc Huang 3 gr.

 Chess star Anuta Baturitskaya 2 gr.

Chess star Max Julinyov 3 gr.


This is the result of hard work solving chess puzzles…




and playing chess in Ellen Chess Club



Chess star Nikash 3 gr.

Second place in US Championship 2018



Chess star Vihaan 1 gr.

  US Champion  2018




Chess star Varnika 4 gr.

18-th place in US Championship 2018



Chess star Nikash 3 gr.

Second place in US Championship 2019





Our student, Nikash V., did great in recent North American Youth Chess Championship in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He played in Under 10 years olds section. Throughout the whole tournament he played on top boards facing strongest opposition. He lost the only one game to the eventual winner in round 5, but won the last 3 rounds and finished with 7 points out of 9 tying for second and third place.



Photo of the day

Kyryl (7 y.o.), - the first Trophy!



First Session




Second Session


Week - 8



Dear parents and students,

This Table was created for your motivation. Now you can see the results of your work in the chess club. Every solved puzzle in class or home gives you one point. If you win a game during the lesson you earn five points.  If you win a tournament game you get ten points. Students get ranks based on the number of earned points. Everyone starts with a pawn rank. You reach rank knight after gaining one hundred points. One more hundred points gives bishop rank, then rook, queen, and the top rank is a king.





Hello chess friends,  

Another chess tournament is coming on December 7-th As previous tournaments, it will be open for our group and private students. Feel free to invite your friends to play. Everyone will play with clocks. The games will be rated based on the NW scholastic chess rating system. You can find more details and found out whether or not your child has a rating here: http://chess.ratingsnw.com/ratings.html

Where: Microsoft Building 40 Cafeteria

15563 NE 31st St,Redmond, WA 98052

Sammamish, WA 98074


14660 NE 24 Street, Bellevue, WA 98052

Time: 4:30 to 7:00 

Entry fee: $25

Tournament type: round robin or swiss depending on the number of entries.

Ratings: Northwest scholastic ratings are used.

Trophies, medals: Trophy for first place in every group; medals for 2nd and 3rd places. 

Chess sets and clocks will be provided.

Recording: Recording is required for more experienced players. Please, bring your recording books. The books can also be purchased on site.

Time control: 15-25 minutes a game up to level.  

Registration: Please, reply email to Slava slavam@msn.com  with player’s full name, school name and grade, and players ID and rating if any. Checks or cash will be accepted on site.

Checks or cash will be accepted on site.