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Our Resident Master: Aviv Friedman

FIDE Master Aviv Friedman is not a Grandmaster, though the head of the U.S. Youth Delegation has helped many amateurs reach the elite title on their own.

One of the elements that sets the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis as one of the nation’s premier chess facilities is our constant rotation of Resident Grandmasters -- though this time, we’re making a very special exception.

FIDE Master Aviv Friedman has joined the CCSCSL through the month of April to lead all of its lectures and programming, as well as individually tailored private lessons. FM Friedman may not be a Grandmaster -- he retired in 2002 just one norm short of becoming an International Master -- but, as one of America’s top chess coaches, he stays well within the Chess Club’s mission to offer the finest chess instruction to its members.

Aviv is a FIDE Senior Trainer who has been coaching amateurs at all levels for more than 30 years, including two decades as the head of the U.S. Youth Delegation in world events. He has helped coached to many American medals in the World Youth and Pan-American Championships, and has worked there with many of our nation’s brightest stars -- including 2005 World U16 Champion Alex Lenderman, Webster University star Ray Robson and American No. 1 Hikaru Nakamura.

His camp, the Schein-Friedman Scholastic Recognition Program, has given away tens of thousands of dollars in awards to promising American juniors, helping to offset some of the financial burden posed to younger champions who strive to improve and dedicate themselves to chess. Friedman has helped run or co-sponsor several tuition-free chess camps, including several held here at the CCSCSL, and provided boosts to the careers of such players as GM Daniel Naroditsky and GM Robert Hess.

Come get Aviv’s gold-medal training tailored just for you! Please join the CCSCSL in welcoming our proud exception to a Resident Grandmaster!