Students

Elie Milikow

Pele

Elie Milikow (2007) was born in New York City but moved to Israel when he was 2 years old.  He started playing chess at age 5 when his older brother joined a local class.  He was fortunate to meet Nikola in the summer of 2016 at the Silver Lake tournament.  Elie trained with Nikola for the next two years, during which period, his rating rose from FIDE 1600 to almost 2100....
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Josiah Stearman

Pele

I am a 15 years old FIDE Master from California, USA. I am currently ranked #4 in the US and #45 in the World for my age. Outside of chess I play a variety of sports and my favorite subject in school is math. I have been working with Nikola for 3 years now and he has helped me improve greatly. I have been selected to the All American Team twice in that span, and will be selected again this year. I have achieved one IM norm with more soon to come! Nikola has been an inspiring coach who puts a lot of passion into chess. He has helped in every area...
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Antony Hung

Pele

I have been taking lessons from Nikoli for the last two years.  Before this, I hadn't played competitive chess for 27 years.  When I took my first tentative steps back into competitive chess, I wasn't sure if my play or my passion would return to the same level as before.  Nikolai not only has patiently taught me how to improve my play, but he also helped me regain much needed confidence. As I have a busy full-time job, I have a limited chess schedule. But still I have shown clear improvement, which I don't think would have been possible...
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Katarina Nestorović

Pele

In Januuary 2017. my sister Katarina won on women senior semifinal tournament - where she got invitation to play the strongest GM tournament for women in Belgrade. Katarina is curent champion of Serbia under 16 years for girls in clasical chess. We have a special connection as a brother and sister so our work on chess is not always easy!...
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