July 20-24, 2020


Online Via Zoom Conferencing - All registered students will receive log in instructions prior to camp

All three groups will spend 1 hour and 45 minutes each day with each lead instructor (Topalov, Naroditsky, Ramesh) plus a 45-minute practical exercise session with GM Sam Shankland and one hour in the evening with GM Hou Yifan for 7 hours of serious training each day.

This is our highest-level camp in terms of degree of instruction and camper rating threshold.  This camp provides 35 hours of the highest level of instruction available, and there will be many campers rated over 2400. All instructors will prepare specific themes for this camp.  Students will receive files and daily exercises and homework.


  • Minimum peak USCF or FIDE rating 1900


Group A: 2300+ USCF

Group B: 2100-2300 USCF

Group C: 1900-2100 USCF

Camp Schedule:


Evening Session

Daily Training Session with 4-Time Women's World Champion, Hou Yifan

Camp Tuition:

$1350 by July 1, $1500 After. $150 Discount for GM's, IM's, campers from June 2020 Elite Camp. Use Code: GMIM

Use Registration Form Below

Featured Instructors:


Head Coach


  • World Chess Champion 2005-2006

  • #1 rated player in the world in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 – peak FIDE rating 2816

  • Won the 2005 FIDE World Chess Championship, played in World Championship matches against Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand

  • Represented Bulgaria at 9 World Chess Olympiads (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze medal)

  • GM Topalov will present his favorite games and discuss of openings and World Championship-level preparation


Head Coach


  • American Grandmaster, many-time U.S. Championship contender, represented USA at the World Team Championship

  • Peak FIDE Rating 2647, peak USCF rating 2733

  • Youngest published chess author in history

  • World Youth U12 Champion and U.S. Junior Champion

  • Graduate of Stanford University

  • GM Naroditsky will present prophylactic thinking in complex positions

Head Coach


  • Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer from India

  • Official FIDE commentator for 2013 World Championship (Anand vs Carlsen)

  • Founder of Chess Gurukul Academy (India) which has produced 38 World Champions and many Grandmasters

  • Trainer of many Grandmasters including Praggnanandhaa and the Indian national Olympiad team

  • GM Ramesh will present material on complex calculation techniques, active defense, using the bishop pair, good bishop vs bad knight, and good knight vs bad bishop

Head Coach


  • Currently rated #6 in the US and #41 in the World (2691 FIDE, 2750 USCF)

  • 2018 U.S. Champion and 2008 World Under 18 Champion

  • Peak Rating 2731 FIDE (#24 in the World, #4 in the US, February 2019)

  • Two-time Olympiad Gold Medal Winner on Team USA

  • Trainer of World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the 2014 and 2016 World Championship Matches

  • Two-time chess author

  • GM Shankland will present carefully selected practical exercises specifically for students within this rating range

Head Coach


  • Four-time Women’s World Chess Champion, 2010-2012, 2013-2015, 2016-2017

  • Youngest female ever to become a GM and youngest ever to win the Women’s World Championship

  • Currently #1 active female player, #85 in the world overall – 2658 FIDE, peak rating 2686

  • Represented China at 6 World Chess Olympiads (2 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze medals)

  • Oxford University student

  • GM Yifan will present some of her best games and discuss psychology in the Women’s World Championship matches and tournaments she won