September 5 - GM Jan Gustafsson (Nimzo-Indian Defense)

September 12 - GM Ruslan Ponomariov (Queen's Gambit Declined) 

September 19 - GM Le Quang Liem (French and Caro-Kann Defenses)

September 26 - GM Veselin Topalov (Sicilian Najdorf)


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

  • The world’s leading experts will teach these camps on four popular openings.

  • In each camp, instructors will discuss the specific opening and their analysis, opening and middlegame ideas, and their personal games from both colors.

  • Students who currently play or are soon looking to play these openings for White or Black will greatly benefit. Detailed PGN files are provided after camp.


  • Minimum peak USCF or FIDE rating 1800 (NEW For players under 1800, see observer option below)

Camp Schedule:

3+ Hours with Specialists in Very Popular Openings

Opening and Middlegame Ideas along with their personal analysis and experience!

Camp Tuition:

For players 1800+:

$100 per camp by the Tuesday before each camp, $120 after

(50% Surcharge on World Champion Topalov's Camp)

Sign up for All Camps and Save $50

For Players Below 1800: 

Observer Option 

The observer option is open to players rated below 1800 who wish to observe these sessions.  This option is open to all students and adults who do not qualify for camp as a full participant.

Observers will be in the same Zoom meeting as the participants and will receive all supplementary files and handouts but will not be allowed to interact with the instructor or other students.  This is a great opportunity to hear from many leading Grandmasters in a high-level opening overview at an affordable price.

$80 per camp for observers

(50% Surcharge for World Champion Topalov's Camp)

Featured Instructors:


September 5 Camp - Nimzo-Indian Defense


  • As White, GM Gustafsson has faced the Nimzo against GMs Kamsky, Movsesian, Vallejo, Naiditsch, Tiviakov

  • As Black, GM Gustafsson has played the Nimzo against GMs Dreev, Jussupow, Sasikiran, Edouard, Sandipan, Beliavsky

  • Currently ranked #4 in Germany and #114 in the World (2643 FIDE), represented Germany in 4 Chess Olympiads

  • Renowned opening theoretician, co-founder of Chess24, author of Chessable and Chess24 openings courses

  • Trainer of World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the 2016 and 2018 World Championships


September 12 - Queen's Gambit Declined


  • As White, GM Ponomariov has faced the QGD against GMs Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Karpov, Eljanov, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Grischuk, Hou Yifan, Kasimdzhanov

  • As Black, GM Ponomariov has played the QGD against GMs Carlsen, Kramnik, Topalov, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Gelfand, Ding Liren, Harikrishna, Leko, Aronian, Giri, Nakamura, Kasimdzhanov

  • Currently ranked #10 in Ukraine and #137 in the World (2631 FIDE)

  • FIDE World Champion, 2002-2004, youngest World Champion in history

  • World Under 18 Champion, European Under 18 Champion

  • 2011 Ukrainian Champion, represented Ukraine in 9 Chess Olympiads (3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze medals)

  • Peak FIDE rating 2764, peak ranking #6 in the world


September 19 Camp - French and Caro-Kann Defenses


  • As White, GM Le Quang has faced the French or Caro-Kann against GMs Ponomariov, Rapport, Bluebaum, Nisipeanu, Esipenko

  • As Black, GM Le Quang has played the French or Caro-Kann against GMs Caruana, Karjakin, Leko, Vitiugov, Bologan, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Dominguez, Mamedov, Naiditsch, Negi, Ponomariov

  • Currently ranked #1 in Vietnam and #31 in the World (2709 FIDE)

  • Peak FIDE Rating 2739 – World #21

  • Represented Vietnam in 7 Chess Olympiads

  • 2013 World Blitz Champion, current World Open Champion and Asian Continental Champion


September 26 Camp - Sicilian Najdorf


  • As White, GM Topalov has faced the Najdorf against GMs Carlsen, Kasparov, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Grischuk, Nakamura, Dominguez, Mamedyarov, Ivanchuk, Leko, Gelfand, J Polgar

  • As Black, GM Topalov has played the Najdorf against GMs Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Caruana, Nakamura, Grischuk, Karjakin, Svidler, Leko, Adams, Ivanchuk, Dominguez, Gelfand, Shirov

  • 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 Championship, played in World Championship matches against Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand

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