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Quality Chess Academy 2.0 ready for registration

Hi guys!

Kallia has updated our website for the academy and it is now ready to receive registrations. At the first camp we had 11 participants, as we had put in a rating barrier of 2300. In the second camp, there will be no rating requirement to participate. We will have a few classes going on at the same time, so they all will be at an appropriate level for everyone. GM Ramesh has already agreed to join me at the camp and Boris Gelfand will be invited if we hit 30 participants.

The camp works well for GMs and for amateurs. GM Adhiban benefitted from the camp (or so he says) and won a tournament in Croatia right after, pushing his rating to 2694, preparing him to be only the 5th Indian player to cross 2700 (after Anand, Harikrishna, Sasikiran and Vidit). The other GMs were very positive as well.

Out of the 11 participants, 10 gave us 9/10 or 10/10. I think 6/10 or 7/10 is more appropriate. We knew we were beginners and we made a lot of small mistakes. The idea with a small camp was to learn before we invite a lot of people for 8-14 May 2019.

Here is a small video we did for ChessBase.in about the camp.

The positional challenge | Quality Chess Academy by GM Jacob Aagaard

At the Quality Chess Academy 1.0 which was held in Crete, Greece from 9-14 November a lot of strong GMs gathered to be trained by Jacob Aagaard and Boris Gelfand. There were different types of training sessions for the players. One of them was positional chess where the players were urged to ask the three questions:1. Which is the worst placed piece?2. What are the weaknesses?3. What is my opponent's idea?Once you ask these three questions you tend to understand what's going on in the position and find the right move. In this challenge GM Jacob Aagaard and GM Arizmendi Martinez pose you with a position from the game Eljanov vs Grischuk. You have to take ten minutes on your clock and find the best move for Black. Can you play like how Grischuk did?

Posted by ChessBase India on Sunday, 25 November 2018

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  1. William Patrick Shea
    November 29th, 2018 at 19:11 | #1

    Wow a chess camp in Greece where 2500 grandmasters are the students. I am a tad (700 rating points) underqualified, but I would gladly serve beverages and sneak a peak at the board from time to time.

  2. Pinpon
    November 30th, 2018 at 17:51 | #2

    Hi , are all the classes in English ( with or without Scottish accent 😊) ?

  3. Pinpon
    December 6th, 2018 at 18:35 | #3

    The point is to know if it is necessary to be fluent in English or not …

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2018 at 10:20 | #4

    The classes will be in English, with Danish/Indian accents. Do you need to be fluent? I would not think so. But you need to have a decent understanding of chess English.

    It is important to point out that not everyone will understand everything at the lectures. This is not an objective. Rather, everyone will get tons of knowledge and tools to continue working with afterwards.

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    December 7th, 2018 at 10:21 | #5

    @William Patrick Shea
    You are not underqualified. A lot of the classes will be divided up by rating and everyone will benefit a lot.

  6. Andrew Greet
    December 7th, 2018 at 10:36 | #6

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I had to re-read the original post, as when I first read it I thought William meant his actual rating was 700! But now I see what he meant; so yes, I’m sure at 1800 he will get a lot out of it.

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