Articles University's Online Summer Chess Camp Concludes- Video Recordings Significantly Discounted University's Online Summer Chess Camp Concludes- Video Recordings Significantly Discounted

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UPDATE: Video recordings significantly discounted for a limited time.

From July 7th-11th, 2014, University hosted its first-ever and in fact, the world's first-ever online summer chess camp. This high-profile event gathered instructors from around the world to teach chess to an international audience.

Camp activity began around 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PDT) and went till about 4:30 PM PDT each day. This camp offered simuls with GM Valeriy Aveskulov and FM Dalton Perrine, student game analysis sessions, lectures from top instructors, the ability to email questions to GM Levan Aroshidze through our "Ask the Grandmaster" session, and the chance to interact with super-GM and 2012 Vice World Chess Champion Boris Gelfand! On top of that, students received a copy of the May 2014 issue of The Master's Bulletin as well as shirts or coupons for chess coaching services. Most importantly, all students received video recordings of all the lectures and game analysis sessions! This means that students have the material forever and can review whenever they want to!

We know there are many University members who wanted to attend this camp live but could not due to work or other obligations. Hence, we have made the video recordings available for purchase. Detailed information regarding the instructors and lecture topics is provided below. Due to numerous requests, we have significantly marked down the prices for the video recordings. They are now priced at half of what we believe is their market value.


The Team:

Camp Organizer and Instructor: Kairav Joshi, President of University.

Honored Guest Instructor: GM Boris Gelfand, 2012 Vice World Chess Champion.

Instructor: GM Ben Finegold, Top Coach Famous for Becoming GM at Age 40.

Instructor: GM Valeriy Aveskulov, 2007 Ukrainian National Champion.

Instructor: IM Valeri Lilov, Renowned Coach and Lecturer on

Special Contributor: GM Levan Aroshidze, 1995 World Under-10 Champion.

Assistant Instructor: NM Dane Mattson.

Assistant Instructor: FM Dalton Perrine.

Assistant Instructor: NM John Williams.

Commentary Team: Kairav Joshi and Staff.

Technical Support Team: Kairav Joshi and Ralf MacGrady.


Titles of Video Recordings, Instructors, and Duration:

Session Topic Instructor Duration
Prophylaxsis - Preventing What Your Opponent Wants GM Valeriy Aveskulov 90 Min
ABCs of Planning IM Valeri Lilov 90 Min
Analysis of Valeriy's Simul Games FM Perrine and Kairav 45 Min
Lecture and Q&A Session with Gelfand GM Boris Gelfand 50 Min
Punishing Premature Pawn Storms and Overextended Pawn Structures GM Ben Finegold 90 Min
Calculation and Visualization Training Session FM Dalton Perrine 60 Min
Analyzing Forcing Moves to Uncover Dynamic Secrets Kairav Joshi 75 Min
Positional Elements of Exchange Sacrifices GM Valeriy Aveskulov 90 Min
Instructive Tactical Opening Play Kairav Joshi 25 Min
Mastering Calculation IM Valeri Lilov 90 Min
Group A Student Game Analysis FM Dalton Perrine 60 Min
Group B Student Game Analysis NM Dane Mattson 70 Min
Exploiting the Two Bishop Advantage GM Valeriy Aveskulov 90 Min
Group A Student Game Analysis (2) FM Dalton Perrine 50 Min
Group B Student Game Analysis (2) NM Dane Mattson 60 Min
Learning from Typical Mistakes IM Valeri Lilov 95 Min
Learning Chess Psychology from Dane's Games NM Dane Mattson 55 Min
Student Game Analysis with Both Groups NM John Williams 80 Min
Student Game Analysis with Both Groups (2) NM John Williams 55 Min
How to Efficiently Study Chess GM Valeriy Aveskulov 95 Min
Student Game Analysis with Both Groups (3) NM Dane Mattson 65 Min
Mastering Evaluation IM Valeri Lilov 100 Min
Analyzing Forcing Moves to Solve Complex Positions Kairav Joshi 30 Min

Total running time of the video recordings is over 26 hours! 


Purchasing Video Recordings and Chess Camp Material:

The standard package contains over 22 hours of recorded instruction which includes all of the camp video recordings except game analysis sessions by FM Dalton Perrine and NM John Willams. The package also comes with GM Levan Aroshidze's written lecture on "Punishing Premature Pawn Storms and Overextended Pawn Structures" and his emailed answers to questions asked by students during the "Ask the Grandmaster" session.

The standard package can be purchased for a significantly discounted price of $99 between now and August 9th, 2014. Price for the standard package increases to $139 on August 10th, 2014.

Payment methods include:

- Money Order, Check, or Electronic Check.

- Credit or Debit Card.

- PayPal.

- Bitcoin.


In order to purchase the Standard Package using a PayPal balance or credit/debit card, please follow this PayPal link:

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In addition to the Standard Package described above, we are also offering our Game Analysis Package which includes the video recordings that are excluded from the Standard Package. The Game Analysis Package includes two game analysis sessions by FM Dalton Perrine and two sessions from NM John Williams. The Analyzing Forcing Moves to Uncover Dynamic Secrets lecture by Kairav Joshi from the Standard Package is included in the Game Analysis Package too. The Game Analysis Package has a total running time of 5 hours and 20 minutes and can be purchased for $25.

If you would like to purchase the Game Analysis Package using credit/debit card or PayPal balance, please follow this link:


Additionally, the option to purchase a video license is available. If you are a chess coach, leader of a chess club or federation, or run a chess-teaching organization, it is possible for you to purchase licenses for individual video recordings. What do we mean by a license? We simply mean that you may purchase the rights to show the video publically (in the classroom, at a chess club, etc.) during the time at which you hold the license. Please send an email to if you would like to use University's content for instructive purposes at your local chess club, academy, or any other organization.

If you have any questions, please message camp organizer Kairav Joshi, or comment on this news post.

Kairav Joshi

I am the Founder and CEO of Chess University LLC, the world's leading online chess academy with its primary website located at

My journey in the chess education world began when I became a #1-selling coach on I later became President of University and started offering "super-premium" services, that went beyond's core offerings.


In summer of 2014, I organized the world's first online chess camp featuring 2012 Vice Wold Chess Champion GM Boris Gelfand.


Towards the end of 2014, I created the Prodigy Program which today is Chess University's flagship offering as well as the world's undisputed #1 chess course. Five-time World Chess Champion GM Viswanathan Anand started teaching in the Prodigy Program in 2016 and has been helping Chess University / revolutionize online chess learning since then. In 2017, 13th World Champion Anatoly Karpov taught a live lesson in the Prodigy Program.


Instructors formally or presently associated with Chess University include: Five-time World Champion GM Vishy Anand, 13th World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov, GM Boris Gelfand, GM Alexei Shirov, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Erwin l'Ami, IM Mark Dvoretsky, IM Nazi Paikidze, IM Kostya Kavutskiy, IM Daniel Rensch, IM David Pruess, FM Dalton Perrine, FM Elliott Liu, FM Arne Jochens, Kairav Joshi, and many others. 

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Outside the chess world, I am also an educational entrepreneur with interests in bringing top STEM education to schools around the world.


Outside of my present career, the subject that interests me most is astrophysics. I've studied the orbital dynamics of our solar system in the past and enjoy reading about the latest research done to find exoplanets.


I love working and partnering with great people and great businesses. Contact me if you'd like to improve at chess or work together on something else!



Kairav Joshi

President and CEO

Chess University LLC

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