Our Team


Grandmaster Gergely Szabo

Co-Founder

GM Gergely Szabo is a FIDE Trainer from Romania and has coached Canadian teams at the World stage, including the 2018 Canadian Women’s Olympiad Team, as the Head Coach of the Canadian delegation at the 2015 World Youth Chess Championship in Greece, and as the Trainer and Captain of Team Canada at the 2014 U16 Olympiad, which won 5th place. As a player, GM Szabo has won several strong tournaments, including the Memorial "Victor Ciocâltea” GM group, București in 2009 and again in 2011.

Juniors to Masters Chess Academy Inc.

Victoria Doknjas, MBA

Co-Founder

Victoria Doknjas has been the Canadian Head of Delegation and Team BC Captain including at the North American Youth Chess Championship (in New Jersey 2017 and in New York 2014) and at the World Youth & Cadet Chess Championships (in Halkidiki, Greece 2015). She won the 2016 Canadian Senior Woman Champion title. Victoria organizes chess events, takes chess event photography, and has written articles for national chess publications.

FIDE Master John Doknjas

In-House Master

FM John Doknjas won the 2017 U18 Canadian Youth Chess Championship as well as several strong tournaments in British Columbia, including the 2015 Grand Pacific Open. John won a record four BC Junior Championships. He has been a chess coach for 7 years. John co-authored “Opening Repertoire: The Sicilian Najdorf” (2019) and authored "Opening Repertoire: The Modern Benoni" (2020) both with Everyman Chess.

FIDE Master Joshua Doknjas

In-House Master

FM Joshua Doknjas is the 2018 BC Junior Champion and has won seven national titles for his age including the 2019, 2012, and 2010 Canadian Youth Chess Championships. Joshua tied for 1st Place at the 2019 North American Youth Chess Championship - U18 Open. He is a chess coach and chess book author. Joshua co-authored the Everyman Chess book, “Opening Repertoire: The Sicilian Najdorf” (2019) and authored "Opening Repertoire: The Ruy Lopez" (2020).

National Candidate Master Neil Doknjas

In-House Master

NCM Neil Doknjas has won five BC Youth Championships and four BC Grade Championships, as well as nationally, Neil won the 2012 U8 Canadian Youth Championship. He also won the 2019 and 2016 BC Junior Championship and the 2016 Oregon Open U2000 Championship. Neil teaches both private and group chess lessons, and plays training games.

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