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Register Online for our 2019 Camps!

Questions?  Contact Lior at or 720-317-7810

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

Head Coach Lior, Assistant Coach Maria and the happy PALS Summer Chess Campers!

Dates and Locations:

June 17- 21:  Denver Jewish Day School (2450 S Wabash St, Denver, CO 80231)


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!


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, we will have group presentations for parents and an awards ceremony with prizes for all!  For morning students this will start at 11:30 a.m., and for afternoon and full-day students we will begin at 3:20 p.m.  Each camper will receive their own tournament chess set, a PALS Chess Academy t-shirt and a personalized certificate.


About the Head Instructor:

Lior Lapid is a four-time and reigning Colorado State Chess Champion as well as a former K-9 and K-12 National Champion. He has over 20 years of experience teaching chess in schools and has been a head coach at summer chess camps in New York, Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado and Israel. Lior was a guest speaker at the 2nd Koltanowski Conference on Chess and Education. He was featured in Chess Life Magazine (1997 & 2000) and American Chess Magazine (2017), where his win against Randy Canney was selected as the “Colorado Game of the Year.” Lior’s students have won numerous scholastic state championships in New Mexico and Colorado.

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