G/30 Rated Tonight; Chess Camp Saturday

Tonight we have a G/30 d5 USCF tournament starting at 7 PM.  Players will break into groups of 4 directed by Dennis.  The cost is $2 for non-members and $1 for members.


Saturday the details are confirmed for a chess camp at the Harwick Cafeteria led by Matt Jensen.  Details below.  Cost is $30 for the Basic Camp (half day) and $50 for the Intensive Study (full day).  The Basic camp will have 2 levels (1000-1400 and <1000).  Please email Matt if you’re interested in attending and not on the list.

Rob Newshutz
Justin Ricker
Tim Schimke
Paul Kinion
Ben Schimke
Ben Yan
Dennis Mays

— (1/2 day) >1000
Christian Paulik
Michael Kern
— (1/2 day) <1000
Charlie Liu
Hans Xu
Jenny Yan

Matt has been playing chess since age 5 and coaching for over 15 years.  He was a three time K-3 state champion and a three time K-12 state champion.  Matt was able to reach the title of USCF Expert at age 13 and has experience helping students of all ages and skill levels improve their chess game.

This year’s camp will be divided into a basic and intensive study sections with a series of mini-sessions throughout the day.  The theme of the camp is Play for the Initiative!  We will learn how to create threats that your opponent can’t ignore.  Playing with the initiative encourages your opponent to make mistakes and allows you to easily create dangerous attacks!

Basic – Intended for kids under age 12 or ratings below 1400

Intensive Study – A longer day of instruction for players 1400-2000



9:00-9:30              Queen Sacrifices Warm-up

9:30-10:30           Discovered Attack [Basic]             Attacking with Queen+Knight  [Intensive Study]

10:30-11:30         G/30 Team Consultation Game

11:30-12:00         Lunch/Snack Break

12:00-1:00           Opposition [Basic]           Mating Nets [Intensive Study]

— Half Day Session Ends at 1:00 —

1:00-2:00              Attacking with Rook+Bishop

2:00-3:30              Positional Advantage

3:30-4:30              The Passed Pawn


Chess Camp Saturday, July 26th!

Tuesday night we’ll have a G/25 rated tournament starting at 6:30 PM.  $2 for non-members and $1 for members.

Chess Camp –  Please email Matt if interested (matt@smarterchess.com).  We will announce final details once we have an estimate on attendees!

Hi All,
I am happy to announce Matt Jensen’s Intensive Chess Camp for adults and scholastic chess players.  The camp will take place on Saturday, July 26 in the Mayo Clinic Harwick Cafeteria.  If the attendance is high enough, the camp will be divided into 3 levels.  See the attached syllabus for the level 2 section for players rated approximately USCF 1100-1500.  Level 1 will be for players rated <1100 and level 3 will be for players rated above 1500.
Tentative schedule:
Level 1 9 AM – 1 PM
Level 2 9 AM – 5 PM
Level 3 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuition is $40 for the Levels 1 and 2 and $60 for Level 3.  Contact me for information on scholarships.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you or your child is interested in participating.