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Warm Welcome to BayAreaChess' Summer 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.

Strategy Camp:

Strategy Games camp is an innovative and fun way to teach children the logic and strategy of games in a way that incorporates many STEM concepts. We use a variety of games (board games, original games, puzzle and tile games etc.) to introduce the student to concepts in probability, game theory, pattern recognition, deductive reasoning and creative thinking that leads to optimal decision making in games. Students should be at least 8 years old or have prior approval of the instructor. Coaches James Bethany and Wolfgang Behm will lead the camps, bringing their vast experience in Strategy Games teaching to make a unique and fun filled week! No Strategy Games camp is the same, as the coaches incorporate a variety of different games and the selection can vary from week to week. Please register fast as we only have 4 weeks of Strategy Games camp over the summer.

Strategy Coaches: 
Coach James Bethany is one of the lead coach for both weeks: 
He was a Board game designer, selling 11 titles (2002-2007), a Web-Host Game Moderator (2009-2010), Project-Application Game Tester for FaceBook (2010), Qualifier for Monopoly National Championships (2012), World Champion at Online Risk (2013) and a Senior Lead Chess-Instructor (Current).

Coach Wolfgang Behm is the other lead coach:
He has many years of experience with board games, and teaching kids as an efficient way to boost creative thinking. 

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


Tentative Coach Assignments

Week of Camp Palo Alto UUC Menlo College St. Leo Reg Camp @ Office Master Camp @ office Sandpiper
  Head Assistant Head Assistant Head Assistant Head Assistant Head Assistant Head
June 5-9 Faik Rayan                  
June 12-16 Faik Zviad     Jasmine Theo     Cristian Enrico  
June 19-23     Faik Master Camp: Zviad James Jasmine          
June 26-30 James Wolfgang     Faik Jasmine     Zviad    
Jul 5-7             Theo        
Jul 10-14     Faik Enrico James Wolfgang         Theo
July 17-21 Matt Faik     James Wolfgang     Cristian Kostya  
July 24-28 James Jason U.     Matt Wolfgang     Cristian Enrico Theo
July 31 - Aug 4     Matt   Faik       Zviad Enrico  
Aug 7-11 Matt Faik                  
Aug 14-18                     Theo



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.

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

San Jose/Cupertino: St. Leo the Great School (map)
1051 W San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95126 
Click here to see all camps at San Jose

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 Community Center (SCC)(map)
797 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065
Community Activities Building (CAB) (map)
1400 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City, CA, 94061 
Register with the Recreation Center


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.

Click HERE to get more information.


Cancellation Policy

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