ICA Summer Camp Week 3
The buzz about the success of last week’s camp must have traveled, because this week’s campers seemed to be determined to beat the results of last week, and they may have succeeded. There were many close games in the tournaments and many ties in the sports events. We continue to see excellent growth in both the campers who are with us for only a week, but even more improvement is evident in our multi-week campers. We hope to see you all back for more fun!!! Will you be the best camper this year??? Stay tuned…….
Section 1 (USCF Rated results)
Arjun Mayur and brother Jayenth Mayur tied for first place. Is it possible that neither one wanted to “best” his brother? We will have to keep a close eye next week to find out who is really the best!
Section 2 (USCF Rated Results)
Kenneth Geiler won this section! Gilad Drillich was on his heels during the whole tournament and only on the last day Kenny secured 1st place by winning his last two games, when Gilad won one and lost one.
Section 3 (USCF Rated Results)
Joshua Katz, our walking “encyclopedia of chess openings” pulled a few tricks out of his opening bag to crush his unknowing opponents.
Section 4 Results
In an extremely fierce and competitive section, Alan Liu and Phillip Ahn tied for first place. Will they be back to find out who is the best? Are there any rematch challenges in the works?
Section 5 Results
New comer Katie Goldenberg crushed the field of 12 players with a perfect score of 10 in this week’s Swiss tournament. Will she be back to defend her “crown”! Many of our returning campers are hoping that she won’t!!!
Friday Blitz Tournament
Blitz tournament winner this week were:
Section 1: 1st David Shektman,
2nd Nicholas Katz
3rd Ben Wolfson, Jayenth Mayur
Section 2: 1st Robert Elliot
2nd Eric Kong
3rd Gilad Drillich, Joshua Katz
Section 3: 1st Katie Goldenberg
2nd Alan Liu
3rd Jeremy Stein
Section 4: 1st Matthew Barinberg
2nd Bertina Kudrin
3rd Ronald Yusim
Best In Class
Each coach chooses the best student in their class for this honor. The criteria include problem solving ability, improvement, behavior, and general participation and attitude during the week.
Sergey Grubazov David Shektman
Tanya Grubazov Arjun Mayur
Hana Itkis Eric Kong
Max Schwartz Preston Wang
Danny Rade Phillip Ahn
Solomon Lerner Berdina Kudrin
Slava Koza Caroline Goldenberg
Lawrence Constance Kenneth Yan
Ben Wolfson Katie Goldenberg
Puzzle Solving Contest
Rachel Boutom was the top point winner in this week’s puzzle solving contest, with fierce competition from last week’s winner Gilad Drillich, and Preston Wang.
In our effort to challenge our campers to show us their best, we came up with a new prize, that for the best combination in a tournament. This week’s winner was Kenneth Geller, with a combination that impressed even the demanding Sergey Grubazov.
Malina Pavlova colorful submission was a real crowd pleaser, and was the hands-down choice of the coaching staff.
Overall Sports Winners By Age Group
2002 Cameron Wu
2001 Katie Goldenberg
2000 Siddharth Wagh
1999 Preston Wang
1998 Grant Goldenberg
1996 Arjun Mayur, Ethan Klein
1994 Jayenth Mayur
Vaed Prasad weaved his way through his opponents this week, and was seemingly untouchable and possessing major league baseball accuracy in his throws. Well done Vaed!!
Matthew Barinberg, one of our return campers, emerged from obscurity to dazzle all with his, until recently, unknown soccer skills. Was he just lucky, or will he continue to dominate the field?
Nicholas Katz was our best player this week, displaying an amazing ability to get the ball back over the net in even the most difficult positions, perhaps a reflection on recent success in studying positions in the middle game! He certainly knows where to be when it counts the most!
This week’s hoop-master was Jayenth Mayur, with an impressive jump shot that is almost as good as some of his openings!
The winning team this week were campers Grant Goldenberg, David Shektman, Katie Goldenberg, Alexey Maydonov, Tim Kouzmenkov, Idan Glickman and Alan Liu. It’s a good thing for the rest of the campers that tournament chess is not a team sport!
We carried over a lot of momentum this week from last week, and everyone is having a great time. The weather has been great, and all of our campers are getting in great shape, have nice tans, and their games are getting better and better every day. It’s almost too bad that we have to go home for the weekend to rest up! We are very eager to teach, and there are spaces available. Why not come and join us for the fun and festivities! Call us 201-833-1741 for more details!