In the afternoon Greg took us to a chocolate store nearby; Everyone got free samples and Greg bought a box of chocolates for the winner of the blitz tournament. As any of the cashiers would tell you, there is nothing more frightening than having twelve kids walk into your store all at once; when leaving, I heard one of them sigh: “Oh my Lord…”
Once we got back to the camp, Sam showed us a series of positions entitled “Beat Sam”, in which his opponents were either winning or at least had a serious advantage, but missed the correct continuation and failed to convert.
This just sounded like a fun time. I enjoyed the quotes, as well as the humor of the author- GM Josh Friedel
As the young correspondent points out, the overriding theme of this camp is to “Beat Sam,” as in the reigning US Champion. Apparently a 2700 can solve difficult puzzles and win rook endgames down a pawn, but has difficulty giving blitz simuls to strong master level kids. Nonetheless, the nine puzzles included in the report are highly recommended for chess parents, coaches and advanced students. –Michael “f-pawn” Aigner