UTRGV summer chess camp participants learn from grandmasters

UTRGV summer chess camp participants learn from grandmasters


This summer, children in the Rio Grande Valley had a chance to learn chess and sharpen their skills at a U-T-R-G-V summer camp. I signed up both of my children, my two sons, Zavier Villarreal and my younger son Adan Lopez. They heard about the grandmasters. They had to learn from the best, and this was a great opportunity. Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can achieve. It’s a title held by U-T-R-G-V Chess Program Manager, Alex Mista, who led this year’s summer camp. Eighteen students showed up and we had a lot of fun playing chess, playing tournaments, solving puzzles and many more activities. He got assistance from fellow grandmaster Vladimir Belous, a member of U-T-R-G-V’s national collegiate chess championship team. Everyone who is in the U-T-R-G-V chess team right now I think they started the same as these kids, so like by chess camp. Just to talk, to play against each other, or to play against me, they are getting stronger and stronger. It’s pretty cool, like just to know that you’re trained by professionals at something that you want to be really good at. You get to use your mind a lot. And then sometimes it’s like challenging. You have to (swiping noise), it’s so fast. The weeklong camp wrapped up with awards and certificates. In the future, who knows? Maybe we will get our own grandmaster. If you’re interested in improving your chess skills, like the U-T-R-G-V Chess Team’s Facebook page to see more community events offered. I would just recommend to join us and play chess. Just relax, take your time and you’ll be fine. (swoosh)

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