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UTB Summer 2014 Chess Camp

The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) Chess Program held a chess camp for scholastic players from 8 am until noon during the week of August 18-22, 2014.  The 17 students who attended the camp were divided into three groups by their chess ratings.  Students received instruction from Monday through Thursday, and then had a chance to apply what they learned during an in-house tournament on Friday.  The primary instructor for the top group was UTB Chess Coach Grandmaster Bartek Macieja, and he was assisted by GM Andrey Stukopin and GM Holden Hernandez.  The intermediate group was taught by IM Max Cornejo and GM Anton Kovalyov, and UTB Chess Program Director Russell Harwood was in charge of the new players.

The top group consisted of Michael Casas, Carlos Deleon, Jacob Fox, and Elizabeth Schmidt.  Michael, Carlos and Jacob are all members of the very strong Sam Houston Elementary Chess Team from the Harlingen CISD.  Elizabeth is a home schooled student who came all the way from Corpus Christi for our camp!  At the end of camp tournament, Michael Casas won clear first place in this group, placing half a point ahead of Carlos and Jacob.


The intermediate group consisted of Sebastian Colom, Luis J. Chavez, Anthony Rey Escamilla, Citlalli Torres, Eva Snelson, Daniel Flores, Jonah Garcia, Ricky Zayas, and Jonas Robledo.  Anthony Rey Escamilla won clear first place in this group, finishing with a perfect score of 5 out of 5 points in the tournament.

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The group for newer players consisted of Cayle Key, Benjamin Lu, J.C. Bermudez, and Christopher Hausman.  Christopher and J.C. tied for first place in this group, just ahead of Cayle.

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At the awards ceremony after the tournament, all of the camp students received UTB Chess Camp t-shirts, certificates, and trophies.




Chess Summer Camp

UTB is home to many chess championships. Chess Campers learned basic and advanced chess instruction. They also learned the development of fundamentals and were given instruction on the skills that they need to attain advanced and elite status.

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Our chess camp participants were very excited to learn new tactics and strategies. It was fun watching them apply what they learned during the week at our tournament on the last day of camp. I believe our chess camps helped all of the students become better players.

Russell Harwood, Chess Program Director

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