The 1st Annual Western Invitational Chess Camp, held July 10-14, 2004, brought together 10 talented scholastic players from across the United States to the University of Arizona. The instructors for the camp included Armenian International Master Levon Altounian, International Master Mark Ginsburg, and Fide Master Robby Adamson. The camp included 8 hours of chess daily, including approximately 5-6 hours of lecture daily, and a recorded game.
The attendees of the camp this year included 4 Arizonans (Leo Martinez, Vaishnav Aradhyula, Jon Cox, and Sean Higgins), 3 students from Utah (Jason Mielke, Adam McIntosh, and Tyler McIntosh), 1 student from New Jersey (Sean Finn), 1 student from Indiana (Cameron Donis), and 1 student from Tennessee (Matan Prilleltensky).
The focus of this year’s camp revolved around positional concepts as well as some topical theory. The lectures of Levon Altounian focused on a review of various pawn formations. Mark Ginsburg gave the students a look at numerous opening systems beyond their normal openings to broaden expand their repertoire and overall knowledge. Robby Adamson covered the positional approach of Kramnik, especially in the Najdorf with 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg5, and some work on the Benko as well as endgames.
Thanks to all who participated!