Georgi and Elena

International Master (IM) Georgi Orlov

1994 US Open Champion

Georgi OrlovRated 2575 USCF

Orlov Chess Academy was started by Elena Donaldson and Georgi Orlov in 1995.
At first, we organized summer chess camps and taught school classes and private lessons. Today Orlov Chess Academy offers classes, lessons, quads, tournaments and chess camps for students.

Our students successfully competed and won State and National Championships. Just to name a few, among them Noah Fields, Daniel Shubin, Jason Yu, Minda Chen, Sangeeta Dhingra, who are the top players in their respective age groups in the State and competed successfully at the Nationals.

Georgi Orlov has been coaching multiple-times State Champions from Lincoln/Cascadia School for the last three years. The school team won State Elementary Championship twice in recent years.

We focus on quality instruction and helping our students to reach their goals. We value good sportsmanship, hard work, friendship and a positive social experience for children.

Our curriculum workbooks were developed by Elena Donaldson based on her own experience learning chess as a child and from many years of successful work as a coach. Elena was very passionate about working with girls. Many of the top Washington State female players are Elena’s students.