2022 California K-12 State Championship

2022 California K-12 State Championship

chess tournament

2022 California K-12 State Championship

We are so proud to announce that many of our Angeleno Chess Club students performed very well and won top spots in their age groups at the 2022 California K-12 State Championship held March 26-27.

David Gevorgyan, 7th place

Suren Mikoyan, 1st place
Austin Troike, 7th place (K-12 under 1400)

Teo Kashper, Top 3, K-6 under 600

Luco Kashper, Champion, K-3 under 600

Compliments to Sid Potukuchi, Top 10 Winner Alec Mnatsakanyan and many others for their excellent performance, well done!

Thank you organizer Jay Stallings for this wonderful event.


In-Person Chess Classes in Burbank

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

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

Online chess groups also available

“Master Training” Series #9 Chess Tournament

“Master Training” Series #9 Chess Tournament

chess tournament

Recap: 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!

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Angeleno Chess Club: 2nd place in LA!

Angeleno Chess Club: 2nd place in LA!


AMFA Chess Club  Takes 2nd Place in L.A


It was a great day for the AMFA and the Angeleno Chess Club! On February 10th at the LA SuperCities competition, our students won 6 Individual Trophies, 3 Team Trophies and 2 students got a full scholarship to the State Championship by winning their sections. Congratulations to all who participated.  Big thanks to assistant coaches Brian and Movses for all their selfless work!

Levon Altounian
Head Coach

individual trophies

team trophies


Chess Lessons

Chess Lessons


Chess Lessons

Chess is one of the most popular and complex games played in the U.S.. Millions of games are played each day across every platform—from casual games in parks and coffee shops to professional competitions and online tournaments.

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts Chess Club helps students of all ages and levels accomplish their dreams of becoming better chess players and delving deeper into the wonderful world of chess by providing group and individual lessons, organizing competitions, setting up after school chess clubs and even writing chess apps for Mac and Android platforms. Founded in 2016 by International Master Levon Altounian, the mission of the AMFA Chess Club is to provide chess education of the highest caliber in the greater Los Angeles area. It shares many qualities and core beliefs with its sibling— Arizona Chess for Schools, one of the largest chess organizations in Arizona. 

To accomplish our goal of chess excellence at the AMFA Chess Club, we create individually tailored lesson plans and hire only professional chess players and instructors who have great people skills and are devoted to their mission as chess ambassadors. 

Our students have won more than 100 State and National Championships with more than 20 students earning the prestigious title of “Chess Master”. Castlehill Country Day School was the National Champion in 2004 and Foothills High School won the National Championship 8 times between years of 2005 and 2018.

Group Chess Lesons

Weekly 1-hour group lessons offered several times a week.


Employees are the heart of a company. Whether your team is made up of two people or twenty, the benefits of happy employees are invaluable. 

Team building allows you to establish a deeper level of communication with your employees. It is crucial to provide an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Treat your team to a chess simul, strategy session or free play for a truly fun and memorable exoperience. Contact us at (520) 891-3632 for more information about our offerings.

private chess lessons

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

chess in schools

Work with us to set up a chess program at your school or organization.

International master Levon Altounian

The AMFA Chess Club is headed by International Master Levon Altounian. Altounian is a 7-time California State Champion and the reigning Arizona State Champion for the past 12 consecutive years. He is among the top 50 highest ranked chess players in the U.S. and is extremely passionate about his profession. Altounian has worked with thousands of chess students all across the country and organized and taught chess clubs in more than 50 schools.

Chess Club Schedule


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(in person)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
(in person)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(in person)


4:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
(in person)

It is very difficult to find a great chess player and a great coach in one person. Coach Levon has both. Coach Levon has a personal approach and great sense of humor which appeals to my son, and makes it more fun to learn chess. Coach Levon easily explains concepts in chess the way my 11 years old understands and in just a few months my son’s rating jumped from low 1,000 to 1,500. But the most important thing is that my son got interested in chess more than before we met coach Levon

—Alex G. | Santa Monica, CA



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.

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts is proud to offer the following:

Group Lessons
Fun, interactive sessions designed for chess players of various ages and skill levels

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 us to set up a chess program at your school or organization.

Chess Camps
Summer, winter, full day and mini chess camps.

Chess Tournaments
Unrated tournaments open to all ages and skill levels.

Chess tournament: May 5th

Chess tournament: May 5th

join us for the 3rd event of the season.It will be hosted at the Academy and organized by the Angeleno Chess club headed by International Master and Coach Levon Altounian. Players get a chance to practice their favourite openings and compete with players of all ages and levels in a relaxed, fun environment. Each section will have their own prizes and trophies.

Click the link to download the PDF:angeleno unrated tournament_may 5th, 2018



Angeleno Chess Club Tournaments

Angeleno Chess Club Tournaments

2017 AMFA Chess Season: Angeleno Club Open: January 21 and June 3, 2017.

In 2017 we continued what we started in 2016: On-site chess tournaments that are open to all, full of freebies, prizes, medals and trophies, coupled with a low entry fee system. Chess tournaments are an essential part of any serious chess player’s growth and fun and more relaxed events take the pressure off for students of all ages and levels. AMFA students and Angeleno Chess Club members had special perks available too that could be applied towards their clubs or private lessons. Both tournaments had 3 Main Sections and 3 Subsections based on players ratings and how many participants each Section held. Both events showcased dozen of players of all age groups and rating groups but the youth in the 600-1200 USCF rating group dominated.  Some players even had time for a game review or a bughouse match. Stay tuned for the next event and we welcome everyone who would like to come check out or join our chess classes.Thank you all who participated.

Coach Levon Altounian
International Master / CA State Champion