Meet Our Team

DIANA TULMAN

DIANA TULMAN

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Diana, co-founder of ICA, has an obvious love for the game of chess which inspires her students

TATIANA GRABUZOVA

TATIANA GRABUZOVA

WGM & Chess Instructor

As ICA's strongest chess player, Tanya is a great role model for our female players.

SERGEY GRABUZOV

SERGEY GRABUZOV

Sr. Coach & Camp Director

Master Sergey has trained and prepared a total of 5 current Grandmaster.

GENRY KRICHEVSKY

GENRY KRICHEVSKY

Chess Instructor

Starting as a student at the age of 4 and one of ICA's prized students for 15 yrs, he is now a coach

MAX SCHWARTZ

MAX SCHWARTZ

Chess Instructor

Max is a National Master who got his start at ICA.

NICHOLAS KATZ

NICHOLAS KATZ

Chess Instructor & Math Teacher

As a chess player for over 18 years, Nick loves aggressive and tactical games.

SIMON TSINIS

SIMON TSINIS

Chess Instructor

Simon possesses great skill in the ability to evaluate a student's strengths and weaknesses.

ZOYA KOZA

ZOYA KOZA

Director of the Math Program

A retired Math Teacher for the NYC DOE, Zoya heads our Math program at ICA.

ILYA TSINIS

ILYA TSINIS

Math Instructor

Ilya attended Princeton University, and graduated cum laude with a degree in Engineering.

ALESSANDRO

ALESSANDRO

Chess Instructor & TD

Alessandro is passionate about teaching, thinking about chess and about the world.

SASHA SHEFTER

SASHA SHEFTER

Math Instructor

A student at Carnegie Mellon and BCA graduate, Sasha loves working with kids & teaching.

Luke Mulvey

Luke Mulvey

Chess Coach

Luke is a self-taught chess player and an enthusiastic teacher.

ALEX STRIPUNSKY

ALEX STRIPUNSKY

GM & Chess Instructor

GM Stripunsky is recognized as one of America's Elite Grandmasters and Chess Coaches.

CHRIS WELCOME

CHRIS WELCOME

NM & Chess Instructor

An experienced chess instructor, Chris comes from the Brooklyn “Black Bear School of Chess”

IGOR YELISEYEV

IGOR YELISEYEV

Chess Instructor

Chess and working with kids are two of this coach's greatest passions.

EUGENE SOKOLOVSKIY

EUGENE SOKOLOVSKIY

Chess Instructor & Math Teacher

Including Math, Eugene loves Chess and Literature. He is also a private chess tutor.

SEAN FINN

SEAN FINN

Chess Instructor

Sean has taught chess professionally for many years and fell in love with the game at the age of six.

DAVID RUBENFELD

DAVID RUBENFELD

Chess Instructor

As an instructor, David values a fundamental understanding of the psychology in chess.

ANDREW VOLYNSKY

ANDREW VOLYNSKY

Chess Instructor

Andrew enjoys coaching and playing chess and avidly runs track and plays soccer.

ROBERT LIEBERMAN

ROBERT LIEBERMAN

Chess Instructor & Photographer

A retired NYC High School Social studies teacher. Robert is a professional photographer at ICA.

EVAN ROSENBERG

EVAN ROSENBERG

Chess Instructor

Evan is a National Master, and experienced teacher and coach residing in NYC.

ALLISON EISENBERG

ALLISON EISENBERG

Math Instructor

A high honor senior at Glen Rock High School, Allie has been teaching Math at for 4 years.

MAXIM FARBEROV

MAXIM FARBEROV

Candidate Master and Chess Coach

Maxim Farberov is a US Chess Federation candidate master who has been playing competitively for
15 years!

IRINA LEVITINA

IRINA LEVITINA

Co-Founder, WGM

Irina is one of the most accomplished female player from the days of the Soviet Union.

SLAVA KOZA

SLAVA KOZA

Chess Instructor

A product of ICA, Slava, only in his 20's has been teaching for over a decade.

HANA ITKIS

HANA ITKIS

WFM Chess Instructor

A NYC based chess instructor and Woman Fide Master, Hana's been teaching for over 10 yrs.

IVETTE RUBIO

IVETTE RUBIO

Chess Instructor

Chess has allowed Ivette to grow in ways that go beyond the chess board

VITALY TSEYTLIN

VITALY TSEYTLIN

Chess Instructor

Often acting like a kid, he transmits knowledge easily and kids feel like he
is one of them.

JOE PACELLA

JOE PACELLA

Chess Instructor & TD

Joe created a board game called Chess-A-Rama and specializes working with younger players.

MELANIE LERNER

MELANIE LERNER

Chess Instructor

Melanie carries a love for teaching and a life-long admiration for chess.

NATASHA KOMAROV

NATASHA KOMAROV

Math Instructor

Natasha is a tenured professor of mathematics at St. Lawrence University, with a PhD and M.A. from Dartmouth.

JESSE WILENSKY

JESSE WILENSKY

Chess Instructor

Jesse reminds his students that chess is a game for life and one should never stop learning.

ARTUR YUSUPOV

ARTUR YUSUPOV

GM & Chess Coach & Author

GM Yusupov has played a major role in the preparation of many of today's younger Grandmasters.

ALAN SALNIKOV

ALAN SALNIKOV

Chess Instructor & TD

Alan is committed to teaching his students the core concepts of chess, as well as important life lessons.