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Mark Kurtzman Biography

 

Playing


1983 – Team member NY City, State, US and North American High School Chess Championship Team mark 
  
 
1984 – NY State High School Chess Champion
1984 – 1988 Captain, US Top College Team 5 years in a row.
1988 – U.S. Master Title, Highest Rating achieved 2270
1991 – Life Master Title
1997 – Captain, US Amateur Team East Champions
2000 – Captain, US Amateur Team East Champions
2000 – Captain, US Amateur Team World Champions

Coaching

1995 – 2005 Coaching numerous Team and Individual Championships for Hunter Elementary
School on the City, State and National level.
1997 – Ramaz wins City Championship
2004 – Privately Coached US Kindergarten Champion
2008 – Coached Grade School National 5th Grade Championship Team for Ramaz
2010 – Coached Co-Champion Grade School National 7th Grade Team for Ramaz
2016 – 25th Year Coaching at Ramaz uschess letter   
 

Organizing

1991 – Started Ramaz Chess Program
1995 – Started Tri-State Chess developing scholastic chess programs in the Greater NY area
1996 – Chess In The Yeshiva (CITY) program developed in cooperation with BJE
1997 – Running Monthly Scholastic Tournaments
1998 – Started Majestic Trophies supplying chess medals and awards to NYC chess organizations
2000 – Chess programs running in 10 schools
2004 – Started The Chess Exchange, sale of Chess books and equipment
2005 – Opened Tri-State Chess Store 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY
2006 – Yeshiva Only Championship draws 162 Players
2010 – Opened The Chess Exchange Store East 88th Street, NYC
2011 – Chess Programs running in 20 schools
2012 – Started outdoor Bryant Park Scholastic Summer Tournaments

2013 – Garry Kasparov Book Signing at New Yorker Hotel – New York, NY
2016 – Garry Kasparov Book Signing at Marriott Hotel – Brooklyn, NY

 
 

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