University's Online Summer Chess Camp Concludes - Video Recordings Available

Jul 17, 2014, 2:55 AM |

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.


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 full package contains over 26 hours of recorded instruction. 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 full package can be purchased for a discounted price of $195 between now and July 31st, 2014.

Payment methods include:

- Money Order, Check, or Electronic Check.

- Credit or Debit Card.

- PayPal.

- Bitcoin.


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

Message GeniusKJ on and indicate your real name and email address after you pay using the PayPal link.

If you prefer to use an alternative payment method, please message GeniusKJ on or send an email to


Currently, the only option available for purchasing camp videos is the full package. If you would like to instead purchase a group of lecture recordings, feel free to contact us.

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.

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