17th Annual Western Alliance ONLINE Summer Chess Camp | June 24-26, 2021 via Zoom

17th Annual Western Alliance ONLINE Summer Chess Camp | June 24-26, 2021 via Zoom

For the past 16 years, International Master Levon Altounian has been working with chess players of all ranks and ages at the Western Alliance Summer Chess Camp. A summertime tradition, this much-anticipated event gives chess players of all ages an opportunity to interact with other chess players like themselves while learning from a group of professional chess instructors. We are pleased to announce that this year, the 17th Annual Western Alliance Chess Camp will be held online, joined by chess players not just from the greater Los Angeles and Tucson areas, but the nation overall. Some quick facts about the camp:

WHO: The Camp will be lead by International Master Levon Altounian and other chess instructors who share his love of the game. The camp will be joined from chess players from across the nation of a variety of ages and chess levels.

WHEN: June 24-26, 2020, 10:00 AM—2:00 PM daily via Zoom

4 Blocks per day:
Block 1. 10:00-10:45 AM (Lesson / Lecture)
Block 2. 11:00- 11:45 AM (Lesson / Lecture)
Block 3. FunTime 11:45-12:30 PM (Daily Fun Online Activities)
Block 4. Game Time 12:30- 2:00 PM

HOW:  The chess camp will be conducted through Zoom and chess.com. ICC and Skype will be used as backups.
There will be four groups based on chess rating:
Group 1: Beginner (WILDCATS) (Approx 100 -500 USCF)
Group 2:  Intermediate (COYOTES) (Approx 500 -900 USCF)
Group 3:Advanced Intermediate (HAWKS) (Approx 900 -1200 USCF)
Group 4:  Special (BEARS). (Approx 1200 -1700 USCF)
There will also be a virtual hangout room for students to interact, games and virtual prizes!

VIRTUAL REWARD SYSTEM: Students may win virtual or real prizes based on assignments, overall scores or the daily FunTime scores.

FEE: $110 per day or $275 for all 3 days. Discounts for additional family members. Payments can be made through Zelle, Venmo, Paylal and Events4chess.

JOINING THE CAMP: Please contact us to register for the camp:
Levon Altounian (520) 891-3632 laltounian@msn.com

In-Person Chess Classes in Burbank

In-Person Chess Classes in Burbank

Miss human interaction?Attend in-person chess classes in Burbank!

We adhere to all CDC guidelines to keep our students and instructors safe.
• MASKA ARE MANDATORY for students and instructors
• We practice social distancing
• All high-touch areas cleaned and sanitized after each group
• Groups capped at 6 students

Location:  Academy of Music and Fine Arts
323 S. Front St. Burbank, CA 91502

In-person chess classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Online groups also available

Please contact us at (818) 760-3185 for more information. You can also send us an inquiry through our Contact Page

 

 

Holiday ONLINE Chess Camp

Holiday ONLINE Chess Camp

December 28-30, 2020 / Open to all up to 1800 USCF
10:00 AM-2:00 PM (Monday-Wednesday on Zoom)

How ONLINE Camp Works: Students still get blocks of lessons at set times with different instructors covering a wide range of subjects and suitable for their groups. Students can raise their hands and ask questions and they can also save all the information on their desktops or cloud. They can also leave and join back when needed and participate in discussions.

This camp will implement the same structure as our wildly successful Western Alliance Camp held in June. While the structure of the camp will stay the same, the instructors and subject matter will vary to provide greater learning diversity for our campers. Each day will consist of two lessons covering different subjects and game analysis, along with fun activities and a tournament. The tournament portion will have a different time control each day to make it even more fun and exciting.

Groups: We will aim for 4 groups as usual: No age restriction.
Group 1: Beginner (WILDCATS) (Approx 100-500 USCF) Those who know moves but not much more.
Group 2: Intermediate (COYOTES) (Approx 500-900 USCF). More advanced and experienced.
Group 3: Advanced Intermediate (HAWKS) (Approx 900-1200 USCF). Tournament players.
Group 4: Special (BEARS). (Approx 1200-1800 USCF). Very strong and highly motivated.

Schedule: 4 days: July 20-23 (Monday-Thursday).
4 Blocks per day:
Block 1. 10:00-10:45 AM (Lesson / Lecture)
Block 2. 11:00- 11:45 AM (Lesson / Lecture)
Block 3. FunTime 11:45-12:30 PM (Daily Fun Online Activities)
Block 4. Game Time 12:30- 2:00 PM

Instructors: Professional Instructors and Tournament players. We will pick the final Instructor group closer to the camp and that way we can incorporate special guest speakers too.

Payments: Price will also mirror the other camp and be set at only $200 per student with discounts for additional family members. Payments will be mostly done via online platforms of Zelle and Venmo (both are our preferred methods) but Paypal and likely Events4chess.com (or a Credit card) as well as a personal check will be acceptable too.

Questions: For all questions relating to the camp, please contact IM Levon Altounian at 520-891-3632 LALTOUNIAN@MSN.COM 

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Angeleno Chess Club / Levon Altounian / Organizer

16th Annual Western Alliance Online Summer Chess Camp Recap

16th Annual Western Alliance Online Summer Chess Camp Recap

And so the 16th Annual Western Alliance Summer Chess Camp came to a close. For the first time ever, this popular chess camp was conducted entirely online via Zoom, Skype, ICC and TOTK. The camp was a smashing success, drawing dozens of participants of all rages, some of whom are rates as high as 2000 USCF. We had 7 helpers and coaches for 4 different groups. The schedule consisted of 2 lessons per day, a tournament and fun activities.

I learned so much.

Areg G.

The camp made me want to study chess even more.

Grant T.

I had a grand old time at the camp.

Roy B.

Join our next camp, July 20-23

Contact us to register or request more information about this upcoming camp.

16th Annual Western Alliance Sumer Chess Camp ONLINE

16th Annual Western Alliance Sumer Chess Camp ONLINE

For the past 15 years, International Master Levon Altounian has been working with chess players of all ranks and ages at the Western Alliance Summer Chess Camp. A summertime tradition, this much-anticipated event gives chess players of all ages an opportunity to interact with other chess players like themselves while learning from a group of professional chess instructors. We are pleased to announce that this year, the 16th Annual Western Alliance Chess Camp will be held online, joined by chess players not just from the greater Los Angeles and Tucson areas, but the nation overall. Some quick facts about the camp:

WHO: The Camp will be lead by International Master Levon Altounian and other chess instructors who share his love of the game. The camp will be joined from chess players from across the nation of a variety of ages and chess levels.

WHEN: June 22-25, 2020, 10:00 AM—2:00 PM daily. There will be an orientation at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 22 for all students as a general introduction to the camp.
4 Blocks per day:
Block 1. 10:00-10:45 AM (Lesson / Lecture)
Block 2. 11:00- 11:45 AM (Lesson / Lecture)
Block 3. FunTime 11:45-12:30 PM (Daily Fun Online Activities)
Block 4. Game Time 12:30- 2:00 PM

HOW:  The chess camp will be conducted through Zoom and chess.com. ICC and Skype will be used as backups.
There will be four groups based on chess rating:
Group 1: Beginner (WILDCATS) (Approx 100 -500 USCF)
Group 2:  Intermediate (COYOTES) (Approx 500 -900 USCF)
Group 3:Advanced Intermediate (HAWKS) (Approx 900 -1200 USCF)
Group 4:  Special (BEARS). (Approx 1200 -1700 USCF)
There will also be a virtual hangout room for students to interact, games and virtual prizes!

VIRTUAL REWARD SYSTEM: Students may win virtual or real prizes based on assignments, overall scores or the daily FunTime scores.

FEE: Due to the unprecedented situation and shorter camp hours, the price will be half the usual amount and set at $200 per student with discounts for additional family members. Payments can be made through Zelle, Venmo, Paylal and Events4chess.

JOINING THE CAMP: Please contact us to register for the camp:
Levon Altounian (520) 891-3632 laltounian@msn.com
Molly Coy (520) 349-7580
Once registered, Mrs. Molly Coy, our camp administrator, will contact each student with their personalized schedule and to help set up and check all your connections.

You can download the camp flyer here: http://angelenochessclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/16th-Annual-Western-Alliance-Summer-Online-Chess-Camp1.pdf



 

 

16th Annual Western Alliance Sumer Chess Camp ONLINE

Online Chess Lessons

Learn to play chess online with International Master Levon Altounian. Group and private classes available for beginner, intermediate and advance level chess players. Contact us for more info.

Angeleno Chess Club Students at the 27th Annual Western Class Championship

Angeleno Chess Club Students at the 27th Annual Western Class Championship

The Western Class Championship Tournament has been one of the largest chess events in Los Angeles for the past 27 years. Here are some performance highlights from the Angeleno Chess Club among the hundreds of participants at the event:

SOLE CHAMPION: SUREN MIKOYAN (image above)
Under 1800 USCF, 4.5/5 points

3RD PLACE: SHREYAS SAKHARKAR
Under 1600 USCF

TOP 5 RESULT: NATHAN THOMAS
Under 1600 USCF. Nathan is in 3rd grade!

CLASS E TOP 5 RESULT: BRIAN KLOCK

Congratulations to all who participated in this wonderful event.

 

 

“Master Training” Series #9 Chess Tournament

“Master Training” Series #9 Chess Tournament

Thanks to all who participated in this wonderful tournament. It was a pleasure hosting you. Congratulations to all the winners of the individual sections and all who got certificates and trophies. See you at our next event!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020
9:00 AM
6240 LAUREL CYN BLVD. NORTH HOLLYWOOD, 91606

2 MAIN SECTIONS: EXPERT AND BOOSTER
GAME IN 35 (IF USING A CLOCK) / USCF UNRATED
REGISTER EARLY BY PHONE OR EMAIL
$30 REGULAR: $5 OFF FOR ANGELENO CHESS CLUB STUDENTS
FOR MORE INFORMATION: COACH LEVON ALTOUNIAN: LALTOUNIAN@MSN.COM / 520 891-3632

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Angeleno Students at the 2019 American Open

Angeleno Students at the 2019 American Open

We are so proud of how so many of our students performed at the prestigious American Open held in Costa Mesa, CA November 28 – December 1, 2019 even though it was a very long drive each day back and forth for so many participants.
Traditionally it is one of the largest events of the year in the Southern California, attracting a huge crowd that competes in dozen of sections, sub-sections and varying time controls.

We will just mention few that either won or placed in the top 3 in their respective sections or performed extremely well.

Nathan Thomas: Varsity K-3 Champion with a perfect score of 5 out of 5!

Zion Qu: 3rd place in 4th Grade Booster with a wonderful 9.5 out of 12 score.

Yash and Tanish Vora: both placing only half a point behind the tournament winners in the prestigious Under 2000 section and both reaching and breaking the coveted 1860 USCF barrier and gaining more than 215 rating points together.

We hope to share more success stories in hopes of inspiring new young talent to study and compete more.

Angeleno Chess Club: Second Place in L.A!

Angeleno Chess Club: Second Place in L.A!

February 10th was a great day for the Angeleno Chess Club! Our students won 6 Individual Trophies, 3 Team Trophies and 2 students got a full scholarship to the State Championship by winning their sections at the LA SuperCities competition. Congratulations to all who participated. A special thank you to Assistants Brian and Movses for your selfless work!

Head Coach IM Levon Altounian

Chess in Schools

Chess in Schools

For the past 15 years, we have specialized in starting and maintaining chess clubs at Private, Charter and Public schools. Classes are taught weekly by a professional instructor and are usually 1 hour in length. Many clubs begin with the basic level and slowly grow as students gain knowledge and more students decide to join. We strive to strike a balance between making our chess classes fun where students enrich their knowledge of chess while enjoying the experience. Once students are ready, they can start participating in chess competitions and tournaments. We work with each school to tailor a chess club that best fits their needs.

Times: After school, “0” period or lunchtime sessions available.
Class Duration: 1 hour, 1.5 hour and 2 hour sessions available.
Session Duration: Sessions can be scheduled on an 8-week, trimester or semester basis.
Cost: We work with each school to make chess lessons available to and affordable by their students.

Chess Lessons

Chess Lessons

Chess Lessons

Did you know?

Chess is the world’s most popular game and is quickly expanding into every aspect of our everyday life. Many schools in the U.S. and across the globe have chess clubs and several countries have integrated chess into their curriculum. Although there are dozens of reasons to play chess, some of the most important are learning to solve problems, abstract reasoning, remaining calm under pressure, patience, sportsmanship, pattern recognition, strategic and creative thinking. In this hyper-competitive world, learning and mastering these skills puts chess players at a definite advantage.

Group Lessons

Join Angeleno Chess Club at our North Hollywood, Burbank or Van Nuys locations.

Private Lessons

Focused, one-one one learning experiences with International Master Levon Altounian or other  professional chess coaches.

Online Lessons

Interactive online chess lessons available for individuals as well as groups.

Chess in Schools

Work with Angeleno Chess Club to set up a chess program at your school or organization.

3x3x3 Summer Camps

3x3x3 Summer Camps

3 Mini Camps. 3 Days. 3 Hours.

Beginners to 2000 USCF Rated

June 13-15, July 12-14, August 2-4.

Held at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts
6240 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606

Chess Classes at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts

Chess Classes at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts

Join Angeleno Chess Club at our North Hollywood location at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts. Chess at the Academy is offered at the following dates and times:

Monday
6:30pm-7:30pm Advanced

Tuesday
5pm-6pm Beginner

Wednesday
5pm-6pm Mixed
6pm-7pm Mixed

Friday
4:15pm-5:15pm Mixed
5:15pm-6:15pm Mixed
6:15pm-7:15pm Advanced

Contact the Academy of Music and Fine Arts at (818) 760-3185 to register.