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Bay Area Chess --- Daily and Weekly CHESS Camps
Winter - Spring - Summer - Special Holidays

NEW - Summer Camps are up!!


Warm Welcome to BayAreaChess' Camp Website!
We hope that you'll find all the information you are looking for on these pages. Should you have any other questions, or need additional information, we are always here to help and answer: email us to enrich@bayarechess.com

We have three main goals with our chess camps:
1. Have fun with chess 
2. Improve chess skills 
3. Provide other stimulating activities to maintain interest

We apply a novel approach, where we combine and blend Academia, Chess, and Games
Each 4 hour instructional block consists of: 
1. Chess puzzles & creative exercises to sharpen the brain. 
2. Group instruction & Personalized coaching to improve chess skills. 
3. Casual play to practice and enjoy Chess. 
4. Hourly breaks for (free) snacks and recess.
 

Camp Descriptions


Regular Camp: we welcome any child of 5 years or older to our Regular Chess Camps. Prior chess knowledge is NOT required to attend the camp, we regurarly get absolute beginners, beginner and intermediate players at these camps. 
All camp coaches are our senior and veteran, experienced coaches.
Each camp page has their Lead Coach and the assistant coach position displayed.
Find out more info here.


Master Camp: this chess camp is for our advanced players who are rated 800 or above, or with special coach recommendation. These camps are taught by titled instructors (Grandmasters, International Masters, or Fide or National Masters.) The level of puzzles and games covered are for advanced players who already have prior tournament experience. 
Master Camp Instructors:
GM Cristian Chirila, GM Daniel Naroditskiy, GM Enrico Sevillano, GM Zviad Izoria
IM Kostya Kavutskiy and IM Faik Aleskerov
Click here to learn about them.
 

If you are interested in our STRATEGY GAME Camps, please click here to get general information.


Should you have any question, please email us at enrich@bayareachess.com and we'll get back to you very soon.
 

 


Regular Camp Hours and Camp Locations

 

Morning Camp from 9AM to 1PM, 
Afternoon Camp from 1PM to 5PM
Full Day Camps from 9AM to 5PM. 

Early drop off (8:15-9AM) or Late pick up (5-5:45PM) is available.

Santa Clara: St. Justin School (map)
2655 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
Click here to see all camps at Santa Clara
 

San Jose: BAC Office (map)
2050 Concourse Drive #42, San Jose, CA 95131


San Jose: St. Leo the Great School (map)
1051 W San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95126 


Palo Alto: Uniterian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (map)
505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 
Click HERE to see all camps at Palo Alto

 

Redwood City: Sandpiper Elementary School (map)
 801 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065
2018 Summer Camp registrations are coming soon via the Redwood City Park & Recreation Center's website.

 

 Atherton: Menlo College (map)
 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027
Click HERE to see all camps at Atherton - Menlo College


Burlingame: Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department (map)
850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010 
2018 Summer Camp registrations are coming soon via the Park&Recreation Department Website.

 

 

Daily Schedule

 

Morning Schedule: 9am - 1pm

9-9:15 Arriving, Casual Games, Warm-up
9:15-10 Instruction
10-10:10 Recess & Snacks
10:10-11 Tranining Games & Review
11-11:10 Recess
11:10-12 Practice Games
12-12:15 Break & Lunch
12:15-1 Review & Wrap-Up
12:50-1 Pickup

 

Afternoon Schedule: 1pm - 5pm

1-1:15 Arriving, Casual Games, Warm-up
1:15-2 Instruction
2-2:10 Recess & Snacks
2:10-3 Tranining Games & Review
3-3:10 Recess 
3:10-4 Practice Games
4-4:10 Recess & Snacks
4:10-5 Review & Wrap-Up
4:50-5 Pickup

 

 

Master Chess Camp

@ the "new" BAC Office
2050 Concourse Drive, Unit #42, San Jose, CA 95131

For ambitious and dedicated students only. The coaches will provide top-level instruction, aiming to challenge the students in an engaging way. Each day will include tactical exercises, lectures, training games, and individual student attention.

More information on schedules and coaching coming soon!


 


Cancellation Policy

Camp registration saves your space. So, cancellations are discouraged.

Cancellation made within 24 hours of booking is free of charge.
Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to camp start date will receive 75% refund. 
Cancellations request received with less than 7 days prior to the camp will receive a 50% credit of paid fees towards future camps, after-school programs or tournaments (only credits, no refunds). 
Cancellation request done on or after the first camp date is not entitled to any refund or credit.

Camp schedule change requests made no less than 7 days prior to the camp start date will be accommodated, if availability permits. 
Those who wish to reduce from full day to half-day or reduce the number of weeks will need to refer to the cancellation policy listed above. 
Change request made less than 7 days prior to the first day of scheduled camp will incur a $25 administrative change fee.

In case BAC needs to cancel the camps, we'll process a 100% refund to you immediately. We reserve the right to cancel camps 3 days prior to the starting date, so by Friday 8AM in case of 4 or less registered campers. 

 

Late Pick-up Policy
In the past we had a few parents who picked up their child late at the end of the camp. 
Per our policy, we can not just leave the children at the camp sites by themselves. Coaches need to supervise them at all times. The late pick up has really caused an inconvenience to the teachers last year. 
This year a policy has been put in place that everyone who gets picked up 10 minutes after the camp is over (or, if paid for, the late pick-up time is over), will be charged $1 for each minute.
We hope that this policy will not have to be enforced, so please, make your and our life easier by being on time.