About the Western Invitational Chess Camp

This is the strongest chess camp in the country, drawing the highest rated juniors from around the U.S. The camp is 100% chess and offers the most unique opportunity for chess emersion among similarly talented and motivated students. The instructors selected are experienced with working with juniors.

The organizer of the Western Invitational Chess Camp is IM-Elect Robby Adamson. Robby is a partner in the law firm of Duffield Adamson Helenbolt, P.C. and an experienced chess coach, coaching at Catalina Foothills High School, which has won a total of 10 National Championships since 2004.

The Western Invitational Chess Camp was founded in 2004, with 10 players. The original instructors of the camp were IM Levon Altounian, IM Mark Ginsburg, and IM-Elect Robby Adamson. The camp grew the following year and was a hit in 2005 and 2006 with GM Larry Christiansen as the head instructor. In 2006 Alejandro Ramirez, one of the youngest Grandmasters ever was added.

In 2007 and 2008, top chess trainer GM Greg Kaidanov and GM Yuri Shulman were the featured instructors, along with IM Levon Altounian, FM Danny Rensch, FM Robby Adamson, and FM Ken Larsen. In 2009, the camp welcomed top-40 in the world GM Alexander Onischuk. Since 2009, GM Melik Khachiyan, GM Alexander Ipatov, GM Yaro Zherebukh, GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Eric Hansen, GM Magesh Panchanathan, GM Josh Friedel, and GM Mac Molner have coached at the camp. The camp has also featured IM Daniel Rensch, IM John Bartholomew, IM Joel Banawa, FM Pedram Atoufi, and WFM Liulia Cardona.

Significant effort is made to bringing in instructors who are good and experienced coaches, not just high rated players. Visit our Instructors page for a complete list of camp instructors. The camp is intense, but is also a lot of fun. The reviews by the students have all been outstanding.