PALS Founder and Head Coach Lior Lapid won his third Colorado State Championship title in the last four years (2015, 2016 and 2018) by finishing first in the Colorado Closed State Championship held from April 27-29, 2018. Lior was the only undefeated player in the tournament, which included an International Master and several National Masters, and his performance rating for the event was 2570.Read More
PALS Summer Chess Camps have always been the most popular of our annual chess programs. Coach Lior will be once again be the head coach at all four camps. Students will have a blast over a fun week of intensive chess learning (along with some soccer and "capture the flag" mixed in during the recesses and lunch break). Click below to see why a PALS chess camp would be one the highlights of your child's summer experience!Read More
Don't miss our biggest and best chesstravaganza yet! For our last scholastic chess tournament we are partnering with the famous Denver Language School Chess Club to offer an exciting new tournament featuring three sections (K-1, 2-3, and 4-6) and trophies and medals for all participants. The cost is just $10 for a full day of "Chesstopia"! Click below to read more details about the tournament.Read More
“Coach Lior has been a big help preparing me for tournaments and becoming a better chess player...He has helped me select specific openings and strategy that fit my style of play. And his lessons are always fun!”
- Calvin DeJong, Colorado K-6 State Champion
"I can't say enough wonderful things about Lior. He is an amazing coach and fantastic influence for my son. Lior makes chess fun; his humor and friendliness help kids to feel at ease even when he teaches difficult concepts. His brilliance and caring personality provide an exciting and safe atmosphere for children to learn and grow. I deeply appreciate his creative lessons sharing his immense passion and knowledge of the game, history, and all things "chess." If there is a "Chess Coach of the Year" award, I'd certainly vote Coach Lior!!"
- Cheri Burrer