Chess Program Offer

Chess Program offers high quality chess instruction given by the experienced instructors who are also successful chess players. Among their achievements are:
  • Back to back national collegiate championship (2018 & 2019)
  • 3-time Texas collegiate championship (2016, 2018 & 2019)
  • Winning numerous international tournaments
Moreover all our instructors, before joining UTRGV, were national youth champions of their countries, continents or even the world. They have been also representing their countries during the most prestigious event: Chess Olympiad.
Their knowledge was obtained by both: studying the theory of chess and competing in the most prestigious chess events all over the world. Throughout all these years our instructors developed many skills that are universal and can be applied not only in chess but also in many fields of life. Among them are:
  • Independence and creative thinking
  • Independence problem solving
  • Concentration, determination, patience, perseverance, courage
  • Dealing with stress and working effectively under the strong pressure
  • Not giving up even in the most difficult situation
  • Dealing with the failures
  • Shaping the will to fight and win
  • Learning fair play and respect to the opponent
Having such experienced instructors makes our offer unique and valuable for all those who want to boost their chess career and improve their chess results significantly.
  • Chess Academy Materials

    Chess Program will be publishing chess materials to help everybody elevate their level and to improve general understanding of the game. Materials will be grouped in three sections: 

    • Tactical motives - Most of the games are won by the tactical blows. That's why GM Alex will be explaining in detail the typical tricks to sharpen your tactical vision. 
    • Opening traps - since the beginning of the game is very important for the further actions on the board, GM Alex will be discussing typical opening mistakes and how to use opponent's incorrect play to win a game. 
    • Puzzles -  after reviewing all examples from two previous sections a few puzzle sets for self-practising, selected by GM Alex, will be waiting for you to boost your calculation skills. 




    Tactical Motives: 

    Discovered Check 


    Opening Traps: 

    Games 1-2





    Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4 



    Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4



    Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4 

  • High quality chess instruction

  • Our Instructors


    GM Kamil Dragun

    I learned how to play chess when I was 5. 

    My 3 greatest chess achievements: 

    • 4th place, Chess Olympiad, 2018
    • World Champion under 16 yo, 2010 
    • European Champion under 14 yo, 2009

    I think that the person I am today is because of chess. The game taught me how to concentrate, be patient and never give up.


    GM Vladimir Belous

    I learned how to play chess when I was 7.

    My 3 greatest chess achievements:

    • 1st place, Moscow Open, 2011
    • 1st place, Chicago Open, 2016
    • 1st place, President's Cup, 2018-2019

    Chess helped me to develop independence problem solving skill that always keeps me thinking what can happen in school, in life, in any situation. I always feel that I am very well prepared. 


    IM Irakli Beradze

    I learned how to play chess when I was 6. 

    My 3 greatest chess achievements: 

    • 2nd place Youth World Championship under 10
    • 16-times National (Georgian) Champion 
    • Member of National Olympic Team at 2018 World Chess Olympiad 

    Chess improved my decision making process and logical thinking. In life, I'm not afraid of making quick and proper decisions and I feel prepared for every difficulties.


    IM Yannick Kambrath

    I learned how to play chess when I was 5. 

    My 3 greatest chess achievements: 

    • 2nd in France Youth 
    • 4th Place in European Club Cup 
    • Member of the French national Youth Team

    Growing up playing chess helped me develop important skills in life such as concentration, patience, respect, and creativity. 

  • Wednesday Meetings

    Chess Program

    invites everybody to


    Chess Meetings

    GM Alex Mista


    GM Bartek Macieja

    are more than happy

    to improve your

    chess skills


    The Meetings take place

    every Wednesday

    from 5:30 to 7:30 pm


    Cortez Hall 118

    UTRGV Brownsville

    We offer

    !!! FREE !!!

    chess instruction to all levels: 

    • basic 
    • intermediate 
    • advanced

    During our meetings the students

    • solve puzzles prepared by GM Alex 
    • participate in the training tournaments 
    • review interesting games with the instructor

    Students are split into 3 groups depending on their chess skills. 

    Each group has an assigned instructor.


    No regristation needed. 

    Chess sets, clocks and other equipment are provided. 

  • RGV Rising Stars Classes

    Chess Program has been running high quality chess instruction for the Rio Grande Valley Rising Stars - students who demonstrate exceptional chess skills. The first group of middle/high school students was founded in January 2019. The selection of students was based on USCF rating and results of scholastic regional and state championships. Recently we have extended our offer to elementry/primary students. As of now, we have 2 groups of 5 students, bringing young champions together to drill their chess skills. 

    Every week

    RGV Rising Stars students have

    60/90-min class


    GM Alex.

    Besides regular trening sessions

    GM Alex organizes

    mini tournaments for

    RGV Rising Stars students

    on monthy basis. 

    RGV Rising Stars students

    have opportunity to challenge

    UTRGV Chess Team members

    and other titled players

    from the Valley

    After each tournament

    all the games are

    analyzed by

    the students and GM Alex

  • Math & Science Academy Classes

  • Mathematics of Chess

  • Chess Camps

    Make Your Move at Chess Camp


    2019 Summer Chess Camp

    Improve your chess skills, learn chess from the very best players in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) area.

    UTRGV-Chess has a team of very experienced chess masters who were prepared by the best chess coaches in the world. Our grandmasters and international masters are highly recognized in the nation, and they are willing to share their knowledge with the RGV community. Our program offers chess instruction at all levels. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and make a “move” to boost your tournament performance.

    Learn from national champions. Chess tournaments with prizes for all levels


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    English Participant Forms 


    Spanish Participant Forms


    Drop-off and pick-up location:

    Cortez Hall 118 

    drop-off location at Cortez Hall 118  at Brownsville Campus 

    Date and Time:

    July 15-19, 2019

    Every day from 1 to 5 pm 


    UTRGV, Brownsville Campus 


    • GM Alex Mista - Chess Program Manager (USCF: 2688)
    • GM Vladimir Belous - Back to Back National Champion (USCF 2621) 
    • NM Oziel Juarez - UTRGV Chess Team member (USCF 2216) 


    • Chess Instruction with National Champions 
    • Simul with a Grandmaster 
    • Chess Problem Solving Contest 
    • Chess Tournaments with prizes for different levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced 


    • Vouchers for individual chess instruction with GM Alex Mista 
    • Chess boards with autographs of all UTRGV Chess Team members


    • Early Birds - $150 (registered by July 1st)
    • $180 - registered after July 1st
    • Siblings - $100 (registered by July 1st)
    • $120 - registered after July 1st

    For more information or special accommodations contact: or call (956) 882-5761 

    UTRGV Chess Program