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    Ana Berke

    Female International Master. Croatian senior champion in 2017 and 2018. Multiple national team champion. She played several times for the national team. She worked as a professional coach in Dubai for ages 6 to 14. In addition to chess, she holds a degree in economics.

    Vince Southcott

    Vince Southcott is a life coach, psychologist, focused on providing support to chess players who have a need to face life and chess challenges that prevent them from achieving success. His rich experience has helped many young athletes not to retreat in moments of crisis and temptation, supporting balanced emotional and mental development.

    Brian Dinter

    Chess Coach & Manager

    Founder of the Academy, an online high-profile website for chess teaching / training and management, which aims to develop highly intelligent and complete personalities through chess.

    For a full ten years, he served as executive vice president of the Rijeka Chess Club, one of the most prominent chess institutions in the country.He was the organiser and director of various chess tournaments as well as the manager and advisor of both amateur and professional chess players.

    His special approach to personalised lessons combining targeted personality psychology with chess strategy brings exceptional satisfaction and success to each student.

    His rich biography includes a law degree in Croatia and Italy, a degree in Italian didactics in Venice, a doctorate in metaphysics, business management experience in much of Europe, author of a number of books in popular psychology (Virtues of the Mind, Samsara and Nirvana, On the Path of Spiritual Emancipation, Esoteric Triangle of Wisdom, etc.), novels (Passion of a Woman – published in Italy), poetry, travelogues and didactics (language exercise book). He traveled around the world and lived in Croatia, Serbia and England. He was the promoter and organiser of a series of humanitarian actions such as the Simultaneous Chess Game with celebrities in 2000. in Opatija and the humanitarian magazine ‘Hair, with love for abandoned children’ in 2005. under the auspices of government institutions. He earned the title of National Chess Master in England.

    Chess is his life passion and today he is completely dedicated to it with the intention of making the Art of Chess Academy the most respected chess academy, passing on his rich knowledge and experience of the organisation to associates and students. His associates / instructors are selected based on their intellectual completeness: in addition to their chess knowledge.He feels it is important that they have personable qualities and intuitive psychological skills to transfer knowledge and motivate each student to enjoy the training process and to achieve their desired results.

    Ognjen Cvitan

    Grandmaster. He has been playing chess seriously since the age of twelve. In 1980 he became the junior champion of Yugoslavia. He achieved career success in 1981 when he became a junior world champion in Mexico City. He was the champion of Croatia in 1992. He has played eight times at the Chess Olympics and six times at the European Championships. In the role of coach, he raised the achievements of many current members of the Croatian national team.

    Marin Bosioćić

    Velemajstor. Hrvatski šampion 2017 i 2019 g. Osvajao je više međunarodnih turnira kao i zlatnu medalju na klupskom Europskom prvenstvu u Grčkoj 2017. Pored šaha završio je i ekonomske studije. Posebno je verziran za treniranje mladih talentiranih šahista sa solidnim rejtingom.

    Nenad Dimitrijević

    Fide master. He has been playing chess since he was five. Two-time youth champion of Vojvodina, categories 14-16 years and 16-18 years. Since 2010, he has been dedicated to the coaching profession with great success in working with children. In addition to chess, he also has a university degree as a law graduate.

    Jovana Erić

    Female grandmaster. Standard representative of Serbia. She has competed in three Olympics and three European Championships. Senior champion of Serbia in 2011. She has won several gold and silver medals at the European Junior Championships in Accelerated and Rapid Chess. In addition to chess, she also has a degree in biology.

    Ivica Mandekić

    Fide majstor. Dugogodišnji organizator i menadžer najvažnijih međunarodnih ženskih turnira u Hrvatskoj. Aktivan član Šahovskog saveza Hrvatske i predsjednik šahovskog saveza Primorsko-goranske županije, te šahovskog kluba Draga. Posjeduje višegodišnje trenersko i menadžersko iskustvo sa odličnim rezultatima svojih štićenica (prvaci države i kadetski-juniorski prvaci svijeta).

    Ena Cvitan

    Female International Master. Member of the Croatian senior national team since the age of 16. European runner-up in rapid chess under 18 2017. Multiple state champion at a younger age. With a dedication to chess, she is studying economics in Belgrade.

    Aleksandar Kovačević

    Grandmaster. From the age of eight in the chess world he won the titles of champions of Vojvodina and Serbia in all categories: cadet, junior and senior. He played for the national teams of Yugoslavia and Serbia at five chess Olympics. He has been coaching since 2015, supporting many young talents to enviable results.

    Andrea Jakovac

    She started playing chess at the age of 8 and won the title of master candidate at the age of 14. She has participated in a total of five European Championships. In 2016, she started teaching chess at school and since then she has been a chess teacher for beginner children in several chess camps in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.

    Aleksandra Dimitrijević

    Female grandmaster. She competed in four Olympics. She was the selector and coach of the BiH junior national team. Captain of the Women’s Olympic Team of BiH in 2016. Winner of the European Junior Super Cup, as well as a medal winner at the European Junior Championships in fast and rapid chess.