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Lior Lapid wins a fourth Colorado State Championship!

PALS Founder and Head Coach Lior Lapid won his fourth Colorado State Championship title in the last four years (2013 - tied, 2015, 2016 and 2018) by finishing first in the 2018 Colorado Closed State Championship. Lior was the only undefeated player in the tournament, which included an International Master and several National Masters.

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Halloween Chesstravaganza Tournament on Saturday, October 27

Check or Treat! All participants are encouraged to come in costume! With prizes (trophies and medals) and Halloween candy for ALL participants, this tournament is one your child won't want to miss. Four rounds in three sections: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Click below for details and online registration.

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PALS Chess Academy featured on!

We are honored to be recognized and recommended by, a website devoted to reviewing a wide range of chess products and services and offering high quality articles about chess news, history and trivia through their blog. PALS Chess Academy was rated as "one of the best, if not the single best, scholastic chess programs in the area."

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What students say:

“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