June 21-25th, 2011
The 2011 Western Alliance Summer Chess Camp traditionally takes place on the last week of June, traditionally at the spacious grounds of the Green Fields Country Day school.
This all-day camp (9AM-7PM) is a great mix of chess lectures on broad spectrum of subjects and real life chess practice and training. The coaches also were carefully hand-picked, to cover the broad range of teaching styles, tournament play and first-hand knowledge of the modern scholastic tournament play.
We also tried to make sure that each day many classes had more than 1 instructor per group. Two and sometimes three instructors are able to make the lesson more engaging and fun by alternating or working with individual students.
The curriculum was also designed to make it equally fun and challenging for 5 year old beginner as well as for a 70 year old Class D player. I am very proud once again we were up to the task and youngsters were paying as much attention and learning as much as possible.
We had 45 participants in the Main Camp and between 20 and 26 participants in each of the Daily Evening Events. The USCF Rated tournament was the icing on the cake, attracting more that 44 players and making the Open section extremely competitive with the appearance of titled players such as Ken Larsen, Gordon Ruan and others.
All participants earned special certificates and numerous prizes both of camp participation and for every Evening event they participated at.
I would like to thank all the participants, their parents, the coaches and all the out-of-state guests, Martha Underwood (camp coordinator and helper) and Gabriel Romo (DAR Services- scholarship donation) for making this even such a success, now 6th times in a row.
2011 Coaches / Helpers: IM Levon Altounian, Martha Underwood, FM Ken Larsen, Masters: Josh Leonard, Gordon Ruan, Experts Ed Yetman, Matt Noble, Sameer Manchanda, Dan Katzel, John Wright, George Ruan and others.
Simul: 26 participants- No one won or drew (against IM Levon Altounian)
1st Place- Gordon Ruan
Under 1000 USCF
1st place Ariel Villasenor / 2nd place (tiebreaks)- Eli Cindrich / 3rd place (tiebreaks)- Max Coy
Special prize: Lauren Graham
1st place (Instructors didn’t count for prizes)- Zak Cancio / 2nd place (tiebreaks) Sreekar Bommireddy /
3rd place (tiebreaks) Peter Bian
Special Prize: Joseph Kennedy
1st place overall: Josh Leonard/Ryan Hornby team (Instructor teams are not eligible)
1st place: Peter Bian/Henry Wang / 2nd place: Sreekar Bommireddy / Milo Ratner / 3rd place: Sam Watson / Ariel Villasenor
1st place: Algol Jorajuria / Oscar Villasenor
USCF Green Fields Open Tournament result: http://main.uschess.org/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,181/
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful camp experience you gave Max. He has been training for a year with a wonderful coach, but having the opportunity to work with other coaches/styles has been beneficial. During the week, he finally beat someone who had beaten him before (a few times). He usually struggles playing those who have defeated him before. He also won against kids with much higher ratings. My only sadness is that this camp was AFTER Las Vegas instead of before. If he attended before, I think there would have been a world of difference there. I also had the opportunity to talk to Ed Yetman, Josh Leonard, Matt Noble, etc and was very impressed with them. I also want to say Martha was wonderful as well. All were really.
Thank you 🙂
P.S. We plan to come back next year if we are in town.