The best part, of course, is that Ivona is the kind of wonderful teacher every parent hopes for — deeply knowledgeable, infinitely patient, and a genius at knowing exactly how to balance all the parts of the program that make it such a positive learning experience.
~ Nina Shimonovitz
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I was introduced to chess at age 11 and was immediately fascinated by the Queen’s power. I moved her a lot on the chessboard, but when someone captured her I lost interest in that game. I was a young girl in a small town in post WWII Poland, living with a domineering mother and strict teachers in a male dominated society. I felt powerless and restricted. And here was the Queen, more powerful than the King himself, free to move in all directions on the chessboard, and it was with her that I identified. I wanted her power and her freedom. And I got it! Playing chess became the only place I felt safe, powerful, in charge, and self-confident. Just like the pawn, who slowly and diligently moves from one side of the chessboard to the other, where it is promoted to become Queen, so my life’s journey took me from a chaotic childhood to be who I am today. It was my Heroine’s Journey. My life was saved by tapping into the energy of Queen.
After playing in tournaments from age 11 to 14, representing my small town chess club, I was discovered by “Polonia Warszava,” a prestigious chess club in Poland. I was brought to the capital for training and soon competed in tournaments all over the Eastern Block and in Sweden.
Coming to the U.S. at 22, I qualified to be on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team and played in Dubai, UAE and Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as in other international tournaments.
In 1999 I founded a chess program for children and have since taught chess to thousands of children in Los Angeles schools and privately.
Having found myself by playing chess in my teenage years and sustained by it for the rest of my life, my goal is to teach chess to girls, as young as five, and to women of any age who may have wanted to learn to play chess and didn’t. I trust that learning chess will empower women and girls to achieve greater success and fulfillment in their career, vocation, education, and personal lives.
Learn about & understand how to use Queen energy to advance your career, get promoted and receive equal pay.