PALS Summer Chess Camps: Train your brain the fun way!
posted by: Guest Blogger
The mind can fly – chess gives it wings! PALS Chess Academy is proud to offer four kid-friendly Summer Chess Camps in the Denver area, open to children between the ages of 5 and 12. Whether your children are completely new to the game or intermediate/advanced players, PALS provides fun lessons and learning activities for kids of all levels. Campers will receive personalized instruction based on their age and level of experience. Our students have a lot of fun while learning valuable lessons that go far beyond the chessboard, building character, problem-solving skills, teamwork, confidence and intelligence for life. Each Monday–Friday camp is filled with creative lessons on chess strategy in all phases of the game. Lior’s unique teaching style incorporates humor and storytelling to creatively engage children in every single lesson.
For information about costs, early-bird discounts and sibling discounts, please visit our website at:www.palschess.com/camps. Each camper will receive their own tournament chess set, a PALS Chess Academy t-shirt and a personalized certificate of accomplishment!
Dates and Locations:
June 26 – 30: Jefferson Unitarian Church (14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401)
July 3-7: National American University, Aurora Campus (350 N. Blackhawk St, Aurora, 80011)
July 10 – 14: Meadowbrook Clubhouse (4430 W Geddes Ave, Littleton, CO 80128)
July 17-21: Central Christian Church (3690 Cherry Creek South Dr, Denver, CO 80209)
About our Head Coach: Lior Lapid is the 2015, 2016 and current Colorado State Chess Champion, three-time NM State Chess Champion, and former K-9 and K-12 National Champion. He has over 20 years of experience teaching chess to children and has been the head coach at chess camps in Israel, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, and Colorado. He presented a talk on chess training and motivation for children at the 2011 Koltanowski Conference on Chess and Education, the second chess education conference in North America. Lior has been featured twice in the United State Chess Federation’s “Chess Life” Magazine and received an “Outstanding Coach” endorsement by the New Mexico Chess Organization in 2012.
Our camps balance learning with playing, and students are divided into groups (after a preliminary assessment) to maximize player success. Students learn:
- Tactics and strategies in all phases of chess (opening, middlegame, endgame).
- Group challenges and presentations reinforce students’ teamwork and leadership skills.
- Chess history through analysis of famous games and historical anecdotes.
- Special activities like bughouse (team chess), battleship chess, piece mazes,
- Chess stories and riddles, creative problem-composing and problem-solving, and more!
We have two 20-minute recesses, during which kids will get plenty of exercise playing games like soccer, basketball, capture the flag, and more. Water and healthy snacks are provided during each recess. Lunch is from 12:00 – 1:00pm each day; full-day students must bring their own lunch. Half-day students are welcome to stay for lunch.
On the last day of chess camp we will end with group presentations for parents and an awards ceremony with prizes for all students.