Frequently Asked Questions

(Last updated January 14, 2019)

  1. What makes this the highest rated chess camp in the U.S.?

    Especially the last few years, this camp has been attended by the most national masters of any camp in the country. In 2007, the top group had an average rating of 2190 with one international master, 5 masters, and the rest experts. In 2011, there were 30 players rated over 1900, with the top group being an all time high ratings of 2100+. In 2013, the camp was the strongest ever, with 7 masters and 19 players rated over 2100!! In 2014, the camp was even stronger, with 9 masters and 15 players rated over 2100. The Top Group is typically open to those with peak ratings of 2100+.

    The quality of the instructors and participants are unmatched helping make this the highest rated chess camp in the U.S. The minimum USCF rating to be invited is 1500; however, this requirement may be waived if the student's coach contacts the camp director and receives permission. There has been a group for those not meeting the 1500+ rating, typically for siblings of other students, and other promising dedicated students. Please contact the organizer if this is applicable.

    Significant effort is made to draw students from all over the United States. The camp has drawn from numerous states including: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington.

  2. What is the typical schedule each day?

    see Schedule page

  3. What are the accommodations?

    The camp will be held at the Tucson El Conquistador (4 star resort). The group code is WICC. The hotel rate is $109 per night, with the resort fee included. If students want to share a hotel room, contact the Organizer to arrange.

  4. When are the arrival and departure dates?

    First, camp begins on Sunday! The arrival date for those flying in from out of town is Saturday, otherwise Sunday morning. The departure date is Monday, if staying after the camp for the Ye Olde Pueblo Open; if you are attending the camp but are not staying for the tournament after, your departure date is Thursday night (last night of the camp) or the next morning.

  5. How do I register for the Ye Olde Pueblo?

    You can register by sending in your entry and registration fee per the link on the website at a few months prior to the camp. Most students play the three-day schedule, but it is up to the students.

  6. How are the groups determined?

    There are several factors that go into determining group placement. First, your current US Chess rating (at the time of the camp), as well as peak rating. Second, I try to place students with friends, as long as they are close in rating, as well as with students of the same age. Consideration is also given to how students finish in the prior years' camp tournament. Approximately 1 month before the camp, I will have a better handle of the breakdown of the groups.

  7. Where do the participants eat?

    Students can eat at the hotel on their own or purchase a meal plan - contact organizer for details

  8. Is the camp tournament US Chess rated?

    No! In order to take some of the pressure off the students, the camp tournament is not US Chess rated.

  9. How do I register for the camp?

    see Registration page