Chess Camps

GM Ben Finegold works with some of the younger students

GM Ben Finegold works with some of the younger students

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Small class sizes and top notch instructors make this mini-camp a great opportunity to hone your game. Children and adults are welcome.

Players will be divided into groups of similar strength to maximize the learning experience. Each group will have sessions with several different instructors.  This format allows the instructors to tune each session to the strengths and needs of the students. It’s almost like one on one instruction from some of the top names in chess.

The complete faculty has not yet been determined. Some of the instructors we have used are listed below.

In addition to his own accomplishments as a player, GM Ron Henley was World Champion Anatoly Karpov’s Chief Trainer for nine of his matches. He is author of numerous books and DVDs, including Win Like Kasparov! and Crushing White: The DZINDZI INDIAN!: An Easy To Learn Chess Opening & Strategy.

GM Ben Finegold was born in 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. Ben has tied for first in the 2005 and 2008 National Open, tied for first place in the 1994 and 2007 U.S. Open Championships and tied for first in the 2002 World Open, where he achieved his first GM-norm. He has played in eight U.S. Chess Championships. Ben makes videos at and does live commentary on Super-GM events for and the Internet Chess Club. He and his son Spencer currently promote scholastic chess in Saint Louis with Fingold Chess Enterprises.

GM Melik Khachiyan has been playing and coaching chess professionally since 1990. GM Levon Aronian credits Khachiyan with taking him from a third-category player to International Master. The late World Champion Tigran Petrosian was one of Khachiyan’s early coaches and the young Grandmaster who is named for him was one of his students.

GM Dmitry Gurevich was born in Moscow in 1956 and emigrated to New York in 1980. He earned his GM title 3 years later. Dmitry has tied or won the U.S. Open 4 times and has had especially good results in the National Open, sharing first placce several times. He has frequently participated in the U.S. Championship. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches many promising students.

Morning Session

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. Lesson 1
  • 10:10 a.m. Lesson 2
  • 11:20 a.m. Lesson 3
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

  • 12:30 p.m. Registration
  • 1:10 p.m. Lesson 4
  • 2:20 p.m. Lesson 5
  • 3:30 p.m. Lesson 6

Registration Fees

  • Full Day $99 by 5/25, $120 later
  • Half Day (a.m. or p.m.) $69 by 5/25, $80 later

Here’s what some previous participants had to say:

  • I liked the small groups with instructors of differing backgrounds.
  • One instructor’s idea of having students play a game and taking turns commenting on the moves was very instructive.
  • I learned more than I thought I would.
  • I liked almost everything: it was exciting and fun to learn. Thank you to all the coaches.
  • It went too fast.
  • Great stuff, great teachers, nice campers, very fun. Thanks!