Meet the Instructors!
The San Diego Surfers Chess Camps will be taught by the very experienced chess coach and San Diego local, International Master Keaton Kiewra; one of the country's most talented rising juniors and feared players, International Master Joshua Sheng; and another one of country's most talented juniors and dedicated players, International Master Craig Hilby. Guest Grandmaster instructors may be brought in as well depending on attendance.
GM Melik Khachiyan
Grandmaster Melik Khachiyan has been one of Southern California's top players and coaches for decades. Melik has won many Southern California tournaments, and coached nearly all of the regions top young talents. Several of Melik's students have gone on to become titled players such as Annie Wang, Craig Hilby, and many others, not least of which is former world #2 Levon Aronian. Melik regularly coaches the U.S. Women's and Men's teams in world wide events such as the Olympiad. He also played the PRO Chess League for 2 seasons as a San Diego Surfer, and is an integral part of our team. We are fortunate to have Melik coming to our camp to give a lecture and share his wealth of experience and legacy with our campers, and possibly to play a larger instructors role if possible.
FM and WIM Annie Wang
Women's International Master Annie Wang is the 2018 U.S. Women's co-Champion and runner up on tie breaks, making her one of the strongest female chess players in the nation! She is also one of the strongest and most consistent players on the Southern California Chess Circuit. We are planning for Annie to come to the camp one day and give a simul.