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Quality Chess Training Camp

Hi guys,

Best wishes from Heraklion, the capital of the Greek island Crete. Kallia and I are here to inspect possible venues for our next big project – the Quality Chess Training Camp! We have so far found three possible venues and will now have to debate the prices with the hotels.

Meanwhile, let me explain the basic concept for you. A seven day training camp in beautiful surroundings at affordable (off-season) all-inclusive prices.

This year I am hosting a training camp in my house for the third time. The first year had two participants, the second year six and this year we will be nine. However, I had to push people to come the last two years, while this year 21 people expressed serious interest.

I prefer such events greatly to one-on-one training. I charge £700 all-inclusive for the seven day summer camp, which involves a few sofas, some AirBnb and so on. With nine participants it feels like it has outgrown the “do-it-yourself” stage.

So here is the plan. Quality Chess will cooperate with a local organiser in Heraklion to have a camp in a hotel here for something like €899. Depending on the hotel we choose and get a good deal from. We have a favourite and they seemed interested.

The first camp will take place 4-10 November 2018 and will most likely be capped with a minimum rating of 2300. The second camp will take place in the beginning of May 2019 and be open for everyone.

In the first camp in November there will be two coaches, GM Boris Gelfand and GM Myself. Exactly how we will divide the job between us, we are still negotiating. I hope he will not jump ship in the process, so do not read this as an invitation, but as a blog post!! But the dates in November are specifically decided to fit around his schedule.

In the second camp in May, there will be more coaches and hopefully more participants. The November camp is a trial run for us to learn how to do this right. In May we will not have any rating restrictions, but a big camp with classes at multiple levels at the same time and some big lectures. The evenings will have blitz tournaments by the pool (not guaranteed a pool for November though :-(), simuls, a quiz night and so on. We hope for it to be possible to bring family members at good prices. Wives, kids, parents, siblings, grandparents. Whatever is needed for you to be able to come. I want it to be something special, which incorporates a great holiday with top level chess coaching.

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  1. Michel Hoetmer
    June 23rd, 2018 at 15:16 | #1

    Great idea.

  2. Boki
    June 23rd, 2018 at 15:45 | #2

    I would love to be there. Currently only 2257 , but was over 2300. Eagerly awaiting new information

  3. Paul H
    June 26th, 2018 at 12:08 | #3

    As a relatively inactive 2000 player I for sure would have interest in 2nd camp.

  4. tuxiano
    June 26th, 2018 at 14:04 | #4

    I’m around 2100 and I’m interested in the 2nd camp.

  5. KevHun
    June 26th, 2018 at 20:10 | #5

    I must admit to an interest in the May camp

  6. Oscar
    June 26th, 2018 at 22:08 | #6

    This sounds great, crossing my fingers for you that you can make it happen as intended! I’ll hope to be there in November. If not, the blogs and vlogs will surely make up for it.

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    June 27th, 2018 at 18:04 | #7

    Thanks for the messages of support. November and May should both go ahead. I cannot see why they would not. The main question will be the number of coaches and the division of the players in May.

  8. Jones
    July 3rd, 2018 at 19:09 | #8

    Great idea! I am very much looking forward to it.

  9. Aleksandr
    July 6th, 2018 at 21:34 | #9

    Interested in November’s session!Is there limit to number of partcipants in November?And how much time per day will be for training?

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    July 8th, 2018 at 12:46 | #10

    I am hoping we will get a confirmation from one particular hotel Monday or Tuesday. I will be at work Wednesday, so will probably publish preliminary information in a week or so. Including timings and so on.

    I am looking forward to it too. We will make it possible to bring spouses, parents or even kids, at acceptable prices.

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