Natalia Khoudgarian 

Head Chess Coach

Originally from Moscow, Natalia started playing chess at the age of 7. In 1989 she became the under-21 Moscow women's chess champion and that same year took third place in the under-21 USSR women's championship. Natalia graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism with a diploma as a Teacher of Physical Education and Coach of Chess. Natalia arrived in Canada in 1995. She holds the international title of WIM and was Canada's Woman Chess Champion 2006-2009, 2011-2016. She represented Canada at Women's Olympiads in 1996 - Armenia (2nd board), 2006 - Italy (1st board), 2008 - Germany (1st board), 2012 - Turkey (1st board), 2014 - Norway (2nd board). In 2006 and 2012 she played at Women's World Championship.

 

At present, Natalia teaches chess as an extra-curricular activity and as part of the regular school curriculum in a number of schools: Havergal College, St. Michael's, The York, All Saints, St. Demetrius, King George, among others.