Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian recently gave some pointers to the chess class at the School of St. Mary's Primary Grade Center.
Akobian is friends with Shiva Maharaj, who is one of the teachers of the school's chess enrichment program. Akobian was the trainer of the U.S. Olympic Chess team in 2010 and continues to be a highly respected player nationally and internationally.
The school's chess club also received a visit from Victor Mikhalevski, who was a participant and the bronze medal winner for the Israeli Olympic Chess Team at the 2010 Olympiad. Mikhalevski came to Chicago to offer a workshop with Shiva for advanced tournament players.