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Register Online for our 2018 Camps!

Questions?  Contact Lior at or 720-317-7810

Lunch break with Coach Lior at our Summer Chess Camps in Denver

Recess with Coach Lior at one of our PALS Summer Chess Camps in the Greater Denver Area

Dates and Locations:

June 4 – 8:  Coventry Clubhouse (5985 South Coventry Ln E, Littleton, CO 80123)

June 11 – 15:  Jefferson Unitarian Church (14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401)

June 25 – 29:  Central Christian Church (3690 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80209)

July 9 – 13:  National American University, Aurora (350 N Blackhawk St, Aurora, CO 80011)


Schedule Options:

Full-day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., $315

Half-day morning: 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m., $180

Half-day afternoon: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., $180

Sibling Discount:   Full-Day: $60 off ($30 per child) for siblings.  Half-Day: $30 off ($15 per child)

Chess boards, t-shirts, and certificates included for ALL participants!


About the Head Instructor:

Lior Lapid is a three-time and current Colorado State Chess Champion (2015, 2016 and 2018), three-time NM State Chess Champion, and a former K-9 and K-12 National Champion (1997 and 2000).  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.

Chess camp description: Time is divided equally between learning and playing, and students are divided into groups (after a preliminary assessment) based on skill level.  We will have one 20-minute recess in the morning and another in the afternoon, during which kids will get plenty of exercise playing games like soccer, basketball, capture the flag, and more.  Water and healthy snacks will be provided during each recess.  Lunch is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. each day; full-day students must bring their own lunch.  Half-day students are welcome to stay for lunch as well.

  • Students learn chess lessons and life lessons from some of the most famous games in chess history, with entertaining move-by-move analysis and fun “Guess-the-Move” chessercizes
  • Students learn tactics and strategies in all phases of chess (opening, middlegame, endgame)
  • Group challenges and presentations reinforce students’ teamwork and leadership skills
  • Special activities like bughouse (team chess), battleship chess, piece mazes, chess stories and riddles, creative problem-composing and problem-solving, and more
  • On the last day of chess camp (Friday) at 3:30 p.m. we will have group presentations for parents and an awards ceremony with prizes for all!  Each camper will receive their own tournament chess set, a PALS Chess Academy t-shirt and a personalized certificate.

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