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Program Information

Spring Gov Cup Prep
Coach Ben Vinyard USCF 1858 (Elliot and McClintock)

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for your child to embark on a journey into the world of tournament chess! Our intensive chess training program, led by experienced coaches Ben Vinyard (USCF: 1858), Joe Lafornara (USCF: 1835), and Dragan Milosevic aims to prepare your child for their first experience in our Governor's Cup State Championship tournament (April 19th and 20th)!

Chess is not just a game; it's a strategic and intellectual pursuit that fosters valuable life skills such as discipline, problem-solving abilities, and focus. Our carefully designed curriculum focuses on building vital tournament skills including: tournament opening repertoire preparation, tournament strategy and tactics, endgame introduction, and the creation of a system to self-critically analyze and explore chess games to gain experience and grow as a chess player!

Beyond the pursuit of victory, these competitions offer an enriching environment of competition and camaraderie. Your child will create cherished memories and make friends from all corners of the chess world. This immersive experience will propel their personal growth and enhance their passion for the game.

We invite you to enroll your child in this adventure of intellect and fun. They will not only compete but also learn and grow as individuals. We believe that the skills they develop during this program will serve them well in all aspects of their lives.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, feel free to call us at 602-482-4867. We are more than happy to provide additional details and address any concerns you may have.

Join us as we prepare your child for an unforgettable journey in the world of chess. Together, let's take a step towards nurturing the chess masters of tomorrow!

Classes will be on Saturdays for Coach Dragan Milosevic at our Scottsdale location, Thursdays for Coach Ben Vinyard's Governor's Cup Team at our Tempe location, and Tuesdays for Coach Joe Lafornara's Governor's Cup Team at our Tempe location.


Elliot and McClintock
1835 E Elliot Rd
Tempe, AZ 85284


April 4th - May 9th


    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM