Azzama Bochenkova Bell
Azzama Bochenkova Bell was born in Vladimir, Russia, and started playing chess in 3rd grade. Her grandfather taught her the rules and then through chess classes and mentorship of coaches Mishin and Maryushkin she quickly grew her rating to the 1800s. After successfully playing in regional and national tournaments in Russia, Azzama moved to Pennsylvania when she was 17 for education. She attended Grove City College and played on their chess team in Pittsburgh Chess league growing her rating to 2000. In 2014 Azzama married her wonderful husband Andrew, and in 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Business and moved to Texas. She still competes and enjoys sharing about her Russian chess background with students.