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About Founder

Rephrasing Mark Twain, the difference between an instructor and
a good instructor is the same as between a lightning-bug and lightning.

Aleksandr Kitsis, a member of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), draws on almost 40 years of chess playing and teaching experience to create an intellectually stimulating chess learning environment.
  • National Chess Master, rated among the top 1% of U.S. chess players
  • Professional Coach with over 25 years of experience
  • 2300+ rated player
  • USCF Certified Tournament Director
  • Worked with children aged five to eighteen as well as adults
  • Trained instructors and gave chess clinics for adults
  • Among his students are winners of local, regional and state tournaments, winner of the 1998 World Open (U2200 section) and winner of the 2007 and 2008 World Open for Girls.

    Author of "CHESS, Step by Step: From Beginner to Champion" series

    Author of chess articles:
  • " Chess: A Highly Beneficial Game", Cleveland Chess Bulletin, Fall'95/Winter'96
  • "Benefits of Chess for Academic Performance and Creative Thinking",
    May 2002
  • " Life is a Game" (Article from
  • "Chess: Are men smarter then women?" (Article from
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • "Chess is a magic tool given to mankind" (Article from
  •    Part I
  •    Part II

    VivacityChess, Vivacity Students, and Mr. Kitsis has been featured in the media.

  • “Mr. Kitsis achieved excellent results in training young players,” Victor Romkovich, FIDE Master, Director of children-teenagers chess school, Kishinev, Moldova
  • “Chess classes were very interesting. Mr. Kitsis was respected among teachers, parents and students.” N. Punga, School Principal, Kishinev, Moldova
  • “Your extensive chess experience makes you fully qualified… I wish you good fortune in the endeavor,” Tom Brownscombe, FIDE Master, Director of Scholastic Programs of the U. S. Chess Federation
  • "I appreciate the work that you have done to help your community through chess.  I believe that chess is a means by which to uplift an entire society.  You are helping to make that happen." Rachel Lieberman, Director of Prevention Programs, United States Chess Federation
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