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Parents from Tamalpais Valley Elementary School in Mill Valley hosted a Chess Camp to raise funds and awareness for Ukrainian relief on Saturday, May 7. Thirty students and their parents registered for the camp, taught by chess grandmaster Evgeny Shtembuliak, a Ukrainian refugee staying in Mill Valley with his family.

Evgeny Shtembuliak, Junior World and Ukrainian chess champion, leads a Chess Camp at Tamalpais Valley Elementary School.
Photo courtesy of Jess Paul

  “I’m amazed by how helpful people have been here since the war started. It was a pleasure to work with local kids who are passionate about chess,” Shtembuliak said. “I only teach people who are genuinely interested in the game, so I couldn’t have asked for a better audience.

   “What’s happening in Ukraine is a tragedy. It’s important for the world to stand up against tyranny. It makes me hopeful when I see so many people here supporting Ukraine. I will keep using my voice to raise awareness and raise money for Ukraine.”

   The event raised nearly $4,000 for Ukraine relief. 

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