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.
GM Ron Henley

GM Ron Henley

GM Ron Henley In addition to his own accomplishments as a player, Henley was World Champion Anatoly Karpov’s Chief Trainer for nine of his matches. His younger students have include: IM Daniel Edelman – winner of 8 National Scholastics Championships, GM Hikaru Nakamura (Currently ranked in top #10 in the world) and US Women’s Champion Irina Krush. Ron Henley 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 Timur Gareev

GM Timur Gareev

GM Timur Gareev was born in Tashkent Uzbekistan in 1988 where he learned chess from his grandfather at the age of 6. He won the Asian under 14 championship at the age of 12, and became Asia’s youngest Grandmaster at the age of 15. In addition to the 2010 National Open, Timur has won several other major U.S. Swiss Tournaments and placed 3rd in the U.S. Championship i 2013. He has participated in two World Chess Olympiads. He moved to the U.S. in 2005 where he studied and was part of the chess team at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He graduated with a degree in Business Marketing and in 2012 won the prestgious Samford Chess Fellowship. He currently resides in Las Vegas where he teaches chess and prepares for the tournament circuit.
GM Ben Finegold

GM Ben Finegold

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.
WGM Angelina Belakovkaia

WGM Angelina Belakovkaia

WGM Anjelina Belakovskaia is a three-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, with victories in 1995, 1996, and 1999. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, she won the Women’s Championships of Soviet Union and Ukraine and graduated from the Odessa Agricultural University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting. She immigrated to the United States in 1991. She won the New York Women’s Chess Championship three times and played on the U.S. team in the Chess Olympiads in 1994, 1996, and 1998. in 2001 she earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics in Finance. She teaches Finance and Chess at the University of Arizona and also run the Belakovskaia Chess Academy at the Tucson, Arizona.
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!