The Ashburn Chess Club has launched a unique Road to Mastery Summer Chess Camps with the best player winning the prize to go to Moscow, Russia and to be accompanied by IM Nikolay Andrianov and/or an official of the club to the Moscow Open sometime in February, 2013 with flight and boarding expenses covered.  Parents can accompany their child at their own expense.

The new format was devised by Club Director Herky del Mundo and IM Nikolay Andrianov to make the summer camps more competitive and rigorous with the round-robin of the best scholastic players.  ”We have patterned the competition to some of the tournaments abroad which allow scholastic players to go the next level much faster because of stiffer opponents,” Del Mundo said. Del Mundo and Andrianov said that the format fits perfectly well the camps’  theme of Road to Mastery.

The summer camps will be held thrice this summer. The schedule is:  June 25-29, with closed tournament on June 30;  July 16-20 with closed tournament on July 21; and August 6-10 with closed tournament on August 11.

Morrning class starts at 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and afternoon class starts at 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Those who will be attending whole day, they could come at the club at 7 a.m. and can be picked up past 6 p.m.

The top 3 players from each camp will qualify to participate in the First Annual Ashburn Scholastics Round Robin Tournament, which will be comprised by 11 players. Three other players will come from the Third Saturday Swiss and the Third Annual Ashburn Scholastic Open.  The top scholastic player, provided he or she is a member of Ashburn Chess Club  with the highest cumulative score in the May, June and July Third Saturday Swiss will qualify to the round-robin.  The top two winners of the Ashburn Scholastic Open shall likewise be represented in the round-robin provided they are a member of the club by June 15 or has attended any of the chess camps this summer prior to the Open.  It will be held on August 12. As such, there will be 12 players in the round robin tournament where they will play a G/90;d5 game.  In the tournaments, players have to write their moves on special tournaments score sheets without the use of electronic devices.

The round-robin tournament will be held August 13-18, with first round starting at 1:00 p.m Monday. Other days have two games each day: 9:00 am-12:00; 1:00-4:00 p.m. .  The chess center is open after office hours so pick-up time can be after 5:00 p.m.

Members of the Ashburn Chess Camps have been known to play in the Nationals, where IM Nikolay Andrianov, whenever he is present, can usually be consulted. The international master gives his time to his students for free in the Nationals. IM Andrianov  is a former Soviet junior chess champion and holds a degree in chess training in the top sports university in Russia.  He is known to have trained world ladies’ champion Maya Chiburdanidze and was second to world champion Vassily Smyslov.  He is the trainer and workshop organizer in the Ashburn Chess Camps. IM Andrianov will help the top champion to prepare for the trip. Should the player could not make it for one reason or another, and thus canceling the trip, he/she may receive $800 which covers the flight cost as an alternative.

Below allows you to register your child in the summer chess camp.  Players of all levels and rating can attend all-day, but you may also attend either morning or afternoon.  Players from 0-1000 rating may attend the morning class, but they can also attend whole day. More advanced players are expected all-day or afternoon. Players will be usually paired with players of the same rating so their training is according to their level. We reserve the right to limit the number of registrants. Once we reach 15 all-day registrants, we can close the enrollment. If you wish to reserve a spot, kindly register as early as possible. Prices to new members may increase by June 15.

Early Registration by May 15
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