June 26 – 28, 2017; Monday – Wednesday; 8:30am – 9:00pm

Location: Park Inn Hotel by Radisson Conference Center; 3011 Maingate Ln, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Chess Educators in partnership with Champions Chess of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels welcome! Open to all schools and Ages (starting at 8 years and up).

Description of Program

Our chess program uses an interactive and hands-on approach for students to learn chess with fun and engaging activities. Our activities include chess instruction, lessons, and worksheets which all campers will receive a copy of via email at the conclusion of camp. Students will also participate in daily unrated tournament games with analysis with both their opponent and seasoned instructor making this an exciting and rewarding experience. Students love learning chess with these fun and effective strategies and they are implemented correctly. At the conclusion of camp, all campers will receive a written evaluation from their Primary Instructor which will include recommendations for further study.

We are offering a training program suitable for players of all levels.

Training Programs

Group 1:  Under 1600 USCF or FIDE Rated

  • The first group is open to all students Under 1600 USCF or FIDE rated.
  • Campers who participate in the Chess Educators International Open Tournament on June 23-25, 2017 get $20 cash discount at the tournament.

Group 2:  Elite Group – Rating Over 1600 USCF or FIDE Rated

  • The second is an Elite Group open to all students with a rating over 1600 USCF or FIDE rated, both groups will have the same daily schedule and will interact with each other in activities and competition. Both groups will have interaction with all of the instructors.
  • Campers who participate in the Chess Educators International Open Tournament on June 23-25, 2017 get $20 cash discount at the tournament.

Elite Chess Training:

For students over the rating of 1600 (USCF or FIDE) we are offering the opportunity to train on a daily basis with multiple world class instructors. The students will be exposed to various teaching styles and lesson content by the instructors (all lessons provided in Chessbase or Pdf format). These sessions will be rigorous for the learner and highly rewarding as they apply what they have learned in their chess future.  The elite training camp includes tournament participation, three days of chess instruction with titled and experienced chess instructors, and rigorous training through activities to push the student to a higher level. It is a philosophy that the training must be more difficult than the competition, let’s push each other to new heights and make Champions!

Meals:

Meals will be provided. Healthy snacks will be provided. Please be sure to indicate any allergies and health concerns on the enrollment form.

Accommodations:

Students will be accommodated at the Park Inn Hotel. The Training fee includes 1/2 room for two nights in the hotel. Parents and caregivers are welcomed to come and pay for difference in rate and stay with their kids. The dates included in the hotel are Monday, June 26, 2017  and Tuesday June 27, 2017.

Schedule: Students supervision will be provided from Monday, June 26 at 8am-Wednesday, June 28 at 6pm.

Camp Schedule​

Monday, June 26, 2017

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Check In
  • 9:15 – 9:30 – Orientation – Campers receive their camp t-shirt and chess folder.
  • 9:30- 10:45 – Simultaneous Exhibition and assessments.
  • 10:45- 11:00 – Snacks and break
  • 11:00- 12:00 – Chess Instruction
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 – Chess Instruction and labs – different instructors rotate for lessons.
  • 2:00-3:00 – Chess Instruction and labs – different instructors rotate for lessons.
  • 3:00-4:30 – Recreation time – Campers choose from a variety of activities. Snacks.
  • 4:30 – Champions Challenge 1: a Swiss G/45  (unrated) tournament. After completion of each game, both players analyze the game together with an Instructor.
  • 6:00 – Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00 – Evening Activity – Blitz

Tuesday, June 27

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00- 10:30 – Champions Challenge 2: a Swiss G/45  (unrated) tournament. After completion of each game, both players analyze the game together with an Instructor.
  • 10:30- 10:45 – Snacks and break
  • 10:45- 12:00 – Chess Instruction
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 – Chess Instruction and labs – different instructors rotate for lessons.
  • 2:00-3:00 – Chess Instruction and labs – different instructors rotate for lessons.
  • 3:00-4:30 – Recreation time – Campers choose from a variety of activities. Snacks.
  • 4:30 – Champions Challenge 3: a Swiss G/45  (unrated) tournament. After completion of each game, both players analyze the game together with an Instructor.
  • 6:00 – Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00 – Evening Activity – Bughouse

Wednesday, June 28

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00- 10:30 – Champions Challenge 4: a Swiss G/45  (unrated) tournament. After completion of each game, both players analyze the game together with an Instructor.
  • 10:30- 10:45 – Snacks and break
  • 10:45- 12:00 – Chess Instruction
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 – Chess Instruction and labs – different instructors rotate for lessons.
  • 2:00-3:00 – Chess Instruction and labs – different instructors rotate for lessons.
  • 3:00-4:00 – Recreation time – campers choose from a variety of activities. Snacks.
  • 4:00 -5:00 – Chess Challenge: Problem Solving tactics.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Awards Ceremony in conjunction with the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled
  • 6:00  Check out for Campers – Pizza and Chess Party – Parents are welcomed to attend.

Program Fees: Advanced registration is required. No on-site registrations.

  • Advanced Registration by May 31, 2017: $500
  • Registration Fees starting on June 1, 2017: $575

Refunds: A full refund minus a $100.00 cancelation fee, is provided for cancellation requests received 30 days prior to program start date. No refunds are provided if the cancellation is not received 30 days prior to program start dated without a doctor’s note or due to extenuating circumstances.

Grand Master Thomas Luther

FIDE Rating: 2541

German chess player and International Grandmaster of Chess. In 2000 he was a member of the German team that won the silver medal in the 34th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. He is the head of the FIDE Commission for Disabled and played for the IPCA team once. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer and an experienced coach. Thomas Luther is author at ChessBase. He published various DVDs on opening theory and other topics. He is considered to be one of the leading experts on the French Defence, about which he wrote several times. His new book “Luther’s Chess Reformation” was published last year.

LM Bryan Tillis USCF rating: 2259

Bryan has never competed in a FIDE rated event, however he has been extremely success in USCF events winning many across the country. Career highlights include: winning the 2011 Mississippi State Championship with a perfect score and the 2012 Alabama State Championship. In 2012 he brought a long drought becoming the first National Master in his home state of Alabama in over 25 years. Bryan is the Co-Owner of Champions Chess LLC & Co-Manager of the Miami Champions PRO Chess Team.

WIM Beatriz Marinello

USCF Rating: 2213

Beatriz Marinello is a Past President of the US Chess Federation and is best known as an advocate for chess as a tool for social change, an international organizer, chess entrepreneur, and a renowned chess teacher. She has taught thousands of children as part of the schools curriculum and runs successful chess programs in NYC. She is an advocate for the inclusion of chess in the schools and it’s social application. Beatriz Marinello is also Vice President of the World Chess Federation, Chair of the FIDE Social Action Chess Commission, Co-Chair of the US Chess Federation Scholastic Council, President of Checkmating Dementia, a US Chess Trust Trustee, Board Member of the Marshall Chess Club, Board Member of Baychess and Founding Member of NGO Manke Sayen for the advancement of women.

Expert Steve Abrahams

USCF rating: 2057 Steve has competed in tournaments across the United States winning the 2006 New Hampshire High School State Championship and the U2300 Prize at the 2016 Southern Open. He has been a full-time chess professional since 2012 and currently teaches chess to over 900 students at Franklin Academy in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. Steve is the Co-Owner of Champions Chess LLC & Co-Manager of the Miami Champions PRO Chess Team.