Grandmaster Var Akobian Conducts Simul for Students
Ryan Grant and Alex Ionkov
Director Tom Brownscombe
Emily Casteen and Edward Wilson
Students from throughout the United States came to Lindsborg during July to attend the nationally known Karpov Chess Camps. The 38 campers came to study chess under Grandmaster Var Akobian. Akobian, one of the highest rated Grandmasters in the United States, won both the 2009 National and the 2009 North American Open Championships. "We had an amazing group of campers this year," said Karpov Chess School Director Tom Brownscombe.
The students attended one of the two camps, each a week in duration. Akobian, assisted by Tom Brownscombe, Chris Purdy, and Layton Cobb, taught by mixing lectures with game analysis, mini-tournaments, and solving chess problems. Students relaxed in the afternoons with swimming and soccer.
"We are happy to announce that Grandmaster Akobian has agreed to return next year to teach our 2011 chess camps," said Marck R. Cobb, president of the International Chess Institute of the Midwest (ICIM). ICIM owns and operates the Karpov Chess School.