Cypress Middle School Students Take Part in Chess Camp at Rhodes


Publication Date: 7/9/2007

(l-r) Jessie Bady, Adam Coleman, and Marcus McAdams (photo by Kelsey Knipshild ’08)

Rhodes College hosted the sixth annual Mid-South Chess Camp in June.  Three students -- Jessie Bady, Adam Coleman, and Marcus McAdams -- from Cypress Middle  School participated. Cypress is one of Rhodes’ adopted schools.

The young men became interested in chess after two Rhodes students -- Paul Burmenko ′08 and Luke Archer ′08 -- began an after-school chess club at Cypress where chess skills and mentoring are taught. Although only two Cypress students are usually given scholarships to participate in the camp, Burmenko and Archer were able to apply for a grant for sufficient funds to send a third student.

Throughout the week the young men, along with dozens of other participants from the mid-south area, were taught by world class instructors including International Grandmasters Alex Stripunsky, Zviad Izoria and Ildar Ibragimov; Women′s International FIDE Master Iryna Zenyuk; and Rhodes student and International FIDE Master Jake Kleiman.

After playing in a USCF rated tournament, Bady, Coleman and McAdams received trophies at the end of the chess camp for their accomplishments.