Billy's Team USATS 2017

Gainesville Team tied for 2nd place (out of 13 teams) at the U-1300 section of the 2017 US Amateur team South with 3.0 points (winner had 3.5). Congratulations to Billy Kipersztok and his teammates for this performance. at Gainesville Chess Training we are happy to see Billy improve 1300 rating points  in fourteen months (without any previous tournament experience) and in just 9 rated tournaments!

Board 1  Byron Hu,

Board 2 Billy Kipersztok

Board 3 Lance Ferrer and

Board 4 Alexander Crook

James Wnek become our first student to go from 1150 USCF to 1785 in 3 years (Aug 2013 – Sep 2016). Three months after James left our program he broke the 1800 USCF mark. At Gainesville Chess Training we are happy to see James accomplished his first chess goal and continue to improve his chess skills.

Miguel Ararat MS.,MPharm  is the new Head Coach of the University of Florida Blue Team.


Miguel is looking forward to translate the fundamentals of chess strategy and tactics to College level volleyball and also to promote chess as a tool to improve decision making on the volleyball court.


2016 October Chess Challenge

Save the date: Future tournaments, 11/19 & 12/10/2016

Daytona Beach Florida

Saturday October 22, 2016

Best Western Hotel

2620 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

5SS. USCF-rated. Must have USCF membership (may renew/join on-site). Prizes based on 20 full entries. Please bring clocks and sets. None provided.

Registration: 09:30am 10:00am

EF: $30

Time Control: G/45mins + 5sec delay. (G/45;d5)

Rounds: 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm (lunch 12:00pm 1:00pm; expected finish 7:45pm).

Prizes: 1st – $150, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $50, U1700: $60, U1400: $50,

Entry to: C.H.E.S.S. 821 Upland Dr., Port Orange, FL 32127

Contact: Steve Lampkin (386) 682-9527


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USAT 2016  U 2000 Champions

Mario Marshall, Miguel Ararat, William Bowman and Tek Ajao

UAST 2016

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