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History and Board of Directors

Castle Chess Camp is a nationally renowned program of chess instruction bringing together some of the top teachers and some of the best young players in the country. The original Castle Chess Camp was started by Dr. Robert Ferguson in 1977 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. That camp ran for 29 years. In 2001 David Woolf started a second Castle Camp at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia using the same proven formula as the original Castle Chess Camp. David ran the camp in Atlanta for seven years before stepping aside. Beginning in 2008 a group of volunteers recruited by Marshall Jaffe took over and established Castle Chess, Inc., a certified non-profit – 501 c3 – registered in the state of Georgia. 


President and Camp Director
Ricardo Fiorillo

Director of Competition
Grant Oen

Mike Mulford

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