Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  Around Campus, Community, Media Advisory

By Letty Fernandez

WHAT: UTRGV National Chess Champs Host Summer Camp

WHEN: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19

WHERE: Cortez Hall Room 118, UTRGV Brownsville -

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 10, 2019 – Members of the UTRGV Chess Team – two-time national champions as well as the Texas champions – are holding a summer camp for students and adults of various levels of accomplishment, from learning the game to upping it.

The week-long summer camp will include a chess problem solving contest, awards for different levels and instruction from the national champion Vaquero Chess Team.

The camp is from 1-5 p.m. each day from Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, with the closing awards ceremony on Friday.

UTRGV chess camp instructors are Grandmaster Alex Mista, chess program manager (USCF: 2688); and Grandmaster Vladimir Belous, back-to-back national champion (USCF 2621). 

For information on cost, and to register, visit


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.