Monday, May 14

Western Invitational Chess Camp

Robby Adamson on cover of Chess Life, March 2009.
I am writing this post on behalf of my friend FM Robby Adamson.  Readers may have met him at West Coast chess tournaments, where he's always one of the most popular players.  Robby actually started out as a scholastic national champion in the 1980s.  Today he confidently sports a 2400 USCF rating, and even loftier ratings on his ICC account BLITZMASTERYes, Robby loves blitz and bullet!  He lives in Tucson, Arizona and coaches many talented juniors, including the perennially powerful Catalina Foothills High School team. 

Robby also organizes one of the premiere chess camps each summer.  Now in its ninth year, the camp has attracted some of the strongest youngsters around the country.  Invitees are rated at least 1500, and the top group is over 2100!  Last year, they had 5 masters and an incredible 30 attendees rated 1900+!  Of course, such talented students are taught by highly qualified instructors, including Grandmasters Josh Friedel, Melik Khachiyan and Alejandro Ramirez.  The camp schedule includes 35 hours of serious chess over 5 days, plus a variety of fun activities in the evening. 

The 2012 Western Invitational Chess Camp runs from July 15 to 19, with an optional weekend tournament at the end.  If this sounds interesting, don't take my word for it--just check out the website!

If you end up going, please beat Robby at blitz or bullet for me.  Thanks!

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