Welcome to the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess
Seven-time World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov established his first U.S. school in Lindsborg, Kansas. Anatoly Karpov has numerous chess schools throughout the world.
World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov in Lindsborg
Welcome to the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess. Chess is not only a game, but a proven learning tool to help students with problem solving, which in turn leads to improved math and reading scores. The International Chess Institute of the Midwest (ICIM), that operates the famous school, promotes chess in education, both in the public and private sectors. ICIM is organized exclusively for educational purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Status of Grandmaster Chess Camp - July 2021
There have been questions regarding our annual Grandmaster Chess Camp for 2021.
Grandmaster Var Akobian will instruct this year's chess camp in July. This is dependent
on the Covid situation. We will post updates!
Topeka Students Complete Online Course
Captions from left to right: (front) Brady McGivern, Emilio Gutierrez. Yumi Kwak (back) Joshua Anderson, Graidon Nichol, Marck Cobb, and Sean Mcconnell
Students Complete Online Chess Course
Ten students from Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka, successfully completed an extensive online chess course with the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess. The course is part of a partnership between the Karpov Chess School and the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School.
“I’m very proud of our school and these remarkable students,” said Marck Cobb, advisor to the chess school. “In these times of the Covid virus, it’s wonderful that their studies can continue online.”
The students, in addition to their online studies, participated in two chess tournaments to round out their studies. Vice Principal Travis Lamb coordinated the Hayden Catholic High School for the successful completion of this course by his students.
Summer Chess Camps
Congratulations to our 2018 chess campers.
Karpov School Chess Summer Camp with GM Timur Gareyev
Winners of the Camp's Competitions
1st Place -EPARD, DAX
2ndPlace-LE DOUX, STERLING
1st Place MASTROSIMONE, KATIE
2nd PlaceWILLIAMS, MADELINE
3rd PlaceCOFFEY, ABIGAIL
1stPlace EPARD, DAX
Problem Solving Competition
1stPlace EASTON, JACK /STOLTE, JACKSON,
2ndPlaceEPARD, DAX /COFFEY, ABIGAIL
3rdPlace: -PADEN, DAVID/PADEN OSCAR
4thPlaceJONES, BRENDAN /CLARK, DAVIS
Our summer 2017 chess camp taught by Grandmaster Timur Gareyev. You are invited to attend one of the premiere chess camps in the United States. CLICK THE IMAGE to go to our CHESS CAMPS page.
Courtesy Small World Gallery - Lindsborg, Kansas
GM Timur Gareyev Sets World Record
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Lindsborg Team Invitational
Karpov School Team Invitational Championship: From left to right in the picture, they are Kim Jalosjos (board 3), Hyung Ju Nam (board 1), Sho Glashausser (board 2), and Jay Ram (board 4). They are from Washburn Rural High School. (Sho is still in 8th grade but will be attending that school in the fall and was invited to play with them.) -
GM Timur Gareyev at the Super Nationals
Nashville: after GM Timur Gareyev blindfold event in Nashville last Thursday; Timur interacting with Sho Glashausser Sho - K-8 champion
Congratulations to the June 2015 Chess Campers
Congratulations to Our July 2015 Chess Campers
Congratulations to Our 20014 Chess Campers
Congratulations to Our 2013 Campers
Congratulations to Our 2012 Chess Campers
Grandmaster Camp 2012 with GM John Fedorowicz
Director's Chess Camp 2012
Congratulations to Our 2011 Chess Campers
Kansas Champions Attend Chess Camp
Kansas Chess Champions Attend Summer Chess Camp
An elite group of about 30 campers gathered this week at the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg to learn more about the game of chess. "We're pleased that among our students is a group of individuals who have won five Kansas State Divisional Championship titles," said David Blair, director of the chess school.
Four highly skilled instructors led by Grandmaster Var Akobian will be giving personalized instruction to the students for a week at the Karpov Chess School.The students are housed on the Bethany College campus.
"Grandmaster Akobian will practice his coaching and teaching skills with the students and then at the end of the week will be flying to China to coach the U.S. World Championship Team for their international competition," said Marck Cobb, president of the International Chess Institute of the Midwest (ICIM).ICIM owns and operates the Karpov Chess School.
For more information on the chess camp program and chess teaching, please contact us at 785-227-2224.
The Karpov Chess School is Now on Facebook
U.S. Open 2012
Vancouver, Washington - Site of the 2012 U.S. Open
515 Players Compete in the Hilton's Main Ballroom
GM Seirawan and Shetty Ayra Square off on Board 2
FIDE Master Mitchell Goldberg and GM Alexander Shabalov
GM Hoyos Manuel Leon of Mexico on Board 1
2011 U.S. Open - Orlando, Florida
Director David Blair Plays Simul at Midsummer's
Visitors Play with the Giant Swedish Chess Set
The Midsummer's Festival boasted
something new this year. The
Anatoly Karpov Chess School sponsored a 20 board chess simultaneous held at
Riverside Park. Karpov Chess School Director David Blair played a 70 game "Simul." The Simul featured Blair
moving from board to board, playing several players in one seating. Local players comprised the majority of
Blair's opponents; however, others joined in later in the day.
Two competitors, Quade Leonard and Paul
Masterson, each, won a game. Blair offered several "valiant effort" draws (tie game) throughout the day to players who were losing their games, but
played very well. Only one of the competitors, Maverick Lewis, would accept the
draw offer. Lewis is Blair's 5th grade chess student from The Independent School
Dan Masterson and his son Paul
volunteered their time throughout the day helping out with the Simul, handing
out prizes and drinks, and helping with set up and tear down. Since there were
only two losses and one draw the entire day, The Karpov Chess School also gave
prizes (T-shirts, book bags and DVD's) to other competitors who played multiple
games or played well. The next scheduled Simultaneous will be held during Svensk Hyllningsfest in front of the Karpov School.
Conrad Holt Earns Third GM Norm
Kansas teenager, Conrad Holt, earned his third Grandmaster norm while playing for the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) team. He earned it in time to compete in the collegiate Final Four which will be held at the end of March in Virginia. The young Holt, from Wichita, previously won 5th place overall in the Open Section when he earned his first norm. The World Chess Federation grants the prestigious title of Grandmaster to a player who achieves a high level of play against other Grandmasters in three tournaments.
After Holt won his firm GM norm, he said: "It's pretty exciting, I guess. I got a draw in my last game in about 20 minutes, which gave me the points I needed for the norm. I wasn't worn our from a long game, so I celebrated by winning the Blitz tournament, then we ate some pizza."
Holt is no stranger to Lindsborg. He won the 2008 U.S. Cadet Tournament, hosted by the Karpov Chess School.
Holt earned his Expert rating in October 2007, which is a U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) rating of 2000, at Derby, Kansas. Nine months later, he earned the title of Master (USCF 2200) at the World Open that was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2011, Holt earned his Senior Master title (USCF 2400) at the Berkley International in January of this year.
Holt attends the University of Texas at Dallas this fall on a full academic scholarship. He plans to major in bio-medical engineering.
Oscar winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, The Ice Storm) and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond, La Ceremonie) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Helene (Bonnaire) discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession, much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role), a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. Based on Bertina Henrichs' acclaimed novel La Joueuse d'echec (The Chess Player), Queen to Play is the feature film debut of French director and screenwriter Caroline Bottaro.
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2nd Intercontinental Team Championships - April 2011
St. Petersburg and Midwest Chess Teams Vie for Honors
Last weekend, a team of young chess players from St. Petersburg, Russia came to Lindsborg and McPherson to compete with scholastic chess teams from throughout Kansas and Nebraska.The 2nd Intercontinental Chess Team Championships got underway with a Blitz tournament at the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg on Friday night.Blitz chess is a form of rapid-fire chess where each player has only five minutes to complete the game.Russian player, Sergey Sememoka, defeated his rivals to win first place in the Blitz event.Sememoka, who came with his brother Ilya to the tournament, is a high school freshman who plans to work in the medical field.
"I really like the team format of this tournament," said Mikhail Korenman, president of International Education and Cultural Services (INTECS), co-organizer of the tournament. "It is good to see the team members supporting and helping one another."The 1st Intercontinental Chess Team Championships were played in Chicago.
The chess teams squared off on Saturday in McPherson.After the first round, teams from St. Petersburg, Lawrence, and Omaha were tied with wins.At the end of round two, only St. Petersburg and Omaha remained tied; however, Lawrence trailed by only a half point.The situation remained unchanged by the end of round three.St. Petersburg went into round five with a half point lead over Omaha and a full point lead over the Lawrence team.In this tournament, each team win counted as a point and each tie or draw counts as a half point.
Svetlana Tiahova, age 11 and the youngest member of the Russian team, was winning all of her games.She and her school team in St. Petersburg recently won the European Team Championships. "I wouldn't be surprised if she were an Expert or Master by the time she is in high school," said David Blair, coach of the Lawrence team.
The St. Petersburg team continued to win and at the end of round six, their closest rival was Lawrence who trailed by a point.This, however, changed in the final round when the Lawrence team defeated the St. Petersburg team.Both teams tied with a 6.0 score; however, St. Petersburg won the championship on tie-breaks.The Lawrence team fielded two-time Kansas State section champions Kaustubh Nimkar and Apramay Mishra, along with Eddie Wilson, and Sam Beaulieu. Nimkar didn't lose a game, the only player to do so in the top section of eight teams.
The championships were also broken down by age categories.St. Petersburg won the under 16 category; Concordia under 18, Omaha Silver Knights under 14, Wichita Scholastic Chess Club under 12, and Omaha Green Knights under 10.
"I think we had a very successful tournament with international prestige," said Marck R. Cobb, president of the International Chess Institute of the Midwest that owns and operates the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess in Lindsborg, Kansas. "The parents of players were pleased that their young people could participate in this international event."The Karpov Chess School was one of the co-organizers of the event.
In other Lindsborg chess news, the Karpov Chess School recently hosted the Kansas Girl'sChampionship.Hannah Purdy, who is a member of the well-known Purdy Family Chess Team from Oxford, Kansas, won the event.The event is a qualifier for the Annual Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girl's Championship, which is held each summer at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.Girls from each state compete to determine who will represent their state at the Polgar Invitational.Ms. Purdy will represent Kansas.
Lindsborg Open - December 2010
(l to r): Hannah Purdy, Elijah Purdy, Peter Bradshaw, Gabriel Purdy, Rachel Hasch, Tyler Kocher, Lyle Taylor, and Braden Johnson
Thirty-three chess players from throughout Kansas came to the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg to compete in the 10th annual Lindsborg Open.The Lindsborg Open has been called the Kansas Christmas tournament because of its close proximity to Christmas.
Jason Wawrzaszek, a chess Expert from Wichita, narrowly won 1st place with 4.5 points out of a possible five. "Jason has been a consistent winner of a number of tournaments, including our Spring Quads," said Marck R. Cobb, president of the International Chess Institute of the Midwest (ICIM).ICIM owns and operates the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Peter Bradshaw, Concordia; Lyle Taylor, Pratt; Gabriel and Hannah R. Purdy, Oxford, Kansas tied for 2nd place with 4.0 points, each. Gabriel and Hannah Purdy are both members of the well-known Purdy Home School chess team that often competes and wins scholastic chess team events.Tom Brownscombe directed the event.
The next major chess event in Lindsborg will be the 2nd Intercontinental School Chess Team Championships on April 2-3.The international tournament will feature scholastic chess teams from St. Petersburg, Russia and Colombia, as well as teams throughout the United States.Additional foreign teams have been invited.
Karpov School Wraps Up 2009 Season
Anatoly Karpov and Chess School President Marck R. Cobb
The Karpov Chess School
ended its 2009 schedule of activities with the Ninth Annual Lindsborg Open on
December 19. In an unusual
turn of events, 16 year-old Thorton Bonner, of Spring Valley, Kansas decided to
enter the Lindsborg tournament, although he had never played in a U.S. Chess
Federation (USCF) sanctioned event.
After five grueling rounds, Bonner found that he tied for first place,
along with fellow Kansans Taimoor Noor, Jason Wawrzaszek, and Vladimir
"This is the ninth
consecutive year that we have held the Lindsborg Open," said Director Tom Brownscombe. "It is
always held around Christmas, so it's now established as part of the chess
tradition in the Midwest."
Noor won the first place
trophy, based on tiebreaks, and Bonner took home the trophy for best result by
an unrated player. Chess
players typically compete in their own rating category, determined by USCF ratings,
to assure they are paired with players with similar skill levels. Kansas Chess Association treasurer
Laurence Coker, Overland Park, and James Smith of Missouri shared first place
for players rated under 1800.
Fifth grader Brian Jiang
of Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita earned 3 points to win the first place
trophy for players rated under 1600. C.J. Armenta, who traveled from Missouri, also scored
3 points to earn first place in the under 1500 category.
The Purdy family from
Oxford, Kansas, have become well known in chess circles by winning numerous
team and individual championships in scholastic tournaments. Gabriel Purdy took home the
trophy for the best performance by a player rated under 1300. His sister Hannah, who is the current
Kansas Girl's Champion, won the first place trophy for best performance by a
Lindsborg fifth grader
Tristan Donaldson won the trophy for best performance by a player rated under
1000. "It's good to see
local students compete in our tournaments," said Marck Cobb, president of the
International Chess Institute of the Midwest (ICIM). "We hope to increase this number in the upcoming year." ICIM, a non-profit charitable
corporation, owns and operates the Karpov Chess School.
Scholarships and Chess Camps
Through the generosity of
donors, the chess school awarded 17 scholarships to area students to attend the
two chess camps held at the Karpov School in July. Many students would not have been able to attend without the
scholarships. Students attending the weeklong camps were treated to instruction
by one of the top chess grandmasters in the United States. Grandmaster Var Akobian, winner of the
2007 World Open, not only taught the students chess, but also showed them the
finer points of soccer during their free time. The chess school's director, Tom Brownscombe, worked
alongside Grandmaster Akobian and Chris Purdy to provide instruction to the 49
students from throughout the United States who attended the camps.
President Marck Cobb and Karpov in Russia
In June, Marck Cobb and
his son Layton, at their own expense, boarded a plane to Moscow; at the same
time Mikhail Korenman and three other families from Chicago also boarded a
plane for Moscow. The combined
group of seven adults and seven young people became known as the "American
Delegation." The group had a their
photo taken in Red Square before going to meet Anatoly Karpov. Karpov and the American Delegation
boarded another plane to Surgut, arriving around midnight. Upon getting off the plane, they were
greeted by a display of Northern Lights. "We couldn't see any darkness between sunrise and sunset," said
Cobb. After a couple of bus rides,
the group arrived in Poikovski, a small town in Siberia where Karpov has a
chess school. Some in Lindsborg
may recall, it was Poikovski that sent a number of their young people to
Lindsborg to compete and get to know their host families.
Poikovski boasts a
cultural center that serves 22 smaller surrounding communities. Their cultural center employs seven
instructors, who in turn provide instruction to about 500 students.
Over the next few days,
students from both countries competed with one another, and despite language
difficulties they managed to make some friendships. Another Lindsborg alumni flew in to join the main
tournament; Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk visited Lindsborg on several
occasions, where he taught at the chess school. Other grandmasters from throughout the world also arrived
for the competition. The
American student team placed fifth out of several teams in the Poikovski Youth
Upon leaving Poikovski,
the Americans made their way to St. Petersburg and Moscow where they relaxed
and toured. The Russians were
holding another tournament in the city of Voronezh, the 13th
International Chess Festival. The
Americans took the train to Voronezh and played several matches with Russian
students. Karpov Chess School
president Marck Cobb offered a scholarship to any student who would fly to
"It was a wonderful
experience for students from different countries to get to know one another," said Cobb "It's all possible
because of chess."
Director Brownscombe and Area Schools
Director Tom Brownscombe
expanded the chess school's reach by teaching chess in the local schools, such
as St. Mary's in Salina, Canton-Galva, and the Lindsborg Virtual School. Tom also officiated at several national
tournaments during 2009.
Brownscombe won the Kansas
State Chess Championship in July.
The Kansas championships have been held in Lindsborg for several
years. This is the second Kansas
Championship win for Brownscombe.
He previously won it in 2007. He is also the former Nevada State Champion.
The Karpov Chess School
hosts social chess nights every first and third Thursday of each month at
7p.m. Beginners are welcome. More information can be obtained by
going to the school Website: www.anatolykarpovchessschool.org
or call 785-227-2224.
2010 Chess Camps
Group 1 - 2010 Lindsborg Chess Camp - CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Group 2 - 2010- Lindsborg Chess Camp - CLICK ON IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS
2009 Chess Camps
Karpov Chess Camp - Session I - July 12-17, 2009 - CLICK IMAGE TO LINK TO CHESS CAMP PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Karpov Chess Camp - Session II - July 19-24, 2009 - CLICK IMAGE TO LINK TO 2009 CAMP PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Tom Brownscombe - 2009 Kansas State Chess Champion
Kansas Chess Association Official Laurence Coker Congratulates Brownscombe on Winning the Championship
Third Presidential Awards Reception - May 16, 2009
Scholarship and Medalist Winners - Back Row: Kyle Burris, Nathan Bray, State Representative Clark Shultz, Nathan Stewart, Michael Christian: Front Row: Alex Shultz, Nick Reinert, Nicholas Bray, Ryan Grant, Robert Osborne, Rachel Hasch and Emily Hasch
May Quads - 2009
Tom Phillips - Winner Section 1
Kyle Burris - Winner Section 2
Spring Quads 2009
Bryan Jiang is the overall spring quad champion with a total of 9.5 out of a possible 12 points
Tom Brownscombe & Top March Quad Winner Peter Rupprecht
Terry Wright - Top Quad Winner - 4/18/09
Kansas Girls' Championship - Polgar Qualifier - April 18, 2009
Director Brownscombe Congratulates Hannah Purdy, Kansas State Girl's Champion
The movie AuPair Kansas features scenes shot in the Karpov Chess School. The comedy drama, that includes a chess component, is about a recently widowed woman who hires a Norwegian soccer player to come to a small town in Kansas to be a male au pair and to help raise her two sons.
The movie stars the Norwegian comedy actor Havard Lilleheie and Spencer Daniels who recently played a young Brad Pitt in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which opens Christmas Day. Spencer also is cast in the upcoming new Star Trek movie.
The movie has been selected as one of the finalists to be shown at the New York Film Festival during the summer of 2009. It is scheduled got general release later this year.
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Ninth Annual Lindsborg Open - December 20, 2008
Tom Brownscombe Congratulates Winner Nathanial Fast - CLICK IMAGE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS
Join GM Var Akobian at the 2008 U.S. Junior Open
GM Akobian at U.S. Junior Open - CLICK IMAGE to Link to U.S. Junior Open
2008 U.S. Jr. Championships Online
Tyler B. Hughes Wins 2008 U.S. Jr. Closed Championship
Conrad Holt Wins 2008 Cadet Championship
2008 U.S. Junior Cadet & Closed Championships
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2008 Karpov Chess Camp - July 13-18
CLICK IMAGE to Link to Session I Chess Camp, July 13-18, 2008
2008 Karpov Chess Camp - July 20 - 25
Chess Camp 2008 - Session II - CLICK IMAGE to Link to Photo Page
My Best Games
Anatoly Karpov's long awaited book, My Best Games shares an inside look into the genius of chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov. In this book, scheduled for release in July 2008, 7-time World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov shares what he considers to be his 100 most impressive matches. Each game features detailed diagrams, explanations of Karpov's well-crafted moves and descriptions of the tournament and opponent.
Full of practical instruction as well as insight into Karpov's creative genius, My Best Games is a facinating study that no chess player can afford to miss.
Available at bookstores everywhere and through Trafalgar Square Publishing from Independent Publishers Group, 814 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 0610. Toll-free number for orders only: 1-800-888-4741. Visit us online at www.ipgbook.com
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