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PALS Summer
Chess Camps

Chess trains the mind. PALS makes it FUN!


See below for dates, locations, and more information

July 10 - 14: Central Christian Church (3690 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO)July 17-21: James Irwin Charter Academy: 1801 Howard Ave, Colorado Springs, CO)


All coaches are trained by National Master and 5-time CO State Champion Lior Lapid, author of PALS Chess Academy’s summer camp curriculum.
Students in three groups (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) will learn fun and creative lessons never before taught in PALS scholastic chess clubs!

All-star pals coaches

Head instructors include two National Masters and bonafide local stars, Griffin and Sullivan McConnell.  Griffin is the top ranked player on Team USA for People with Disabilities; his brother Sullivan, ranked #2 among active Colorado players, tied the record as youngest CO State Chess Champion in history when he was just 12 years old

Schedule options


Full-day, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Half-day mornings, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Half-day afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Morning recess from 10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Lunch break & recess from 11:30 – 12:30
Afternoon recess from 2:00 – 2:20 p.m.

 $375 for the full-day schedule
   $225 for the half-day schedule 

PALS Summer Camps are the gold standard for aspiring young chess players in Colorado.  Highly motivated and enthusiastic PALS students have won scholastic state championships every year since 2014.  What is more important is that our chess camps are tons of FUN!!  Here’s what your kids can look forward to:


After a preliminary assessment, students are divided into groups based on skill level.  Head instructors (including National Masters and our most experienced scholastic chess coaches) will teach group lessons and coach during game time when students play fun games and solve chessercizes with partners.  Time is divided equally between learning and playing.

    • Students learn chess and life lessons from famous games in chess history, with entertaining move-by-move analysis and engaging team chessercizes that help reinforce the new material they’ve learned
    • Students learn pattern-recognition, fundamental tactics, and step-by-step planning strategies in all phases of chess (opening, middlegame, endgame) 
    • Students learn how to effectively analyze their own games and learn from their mistakes  
    • Group challenges and presentations enhance students’ teamwork and leadership skills 
    • Special activities like bughouse (team chess), battleship chess, detective chess, piece mazes, chess stories and riddles, creative problem-composing and problem-solving, and much more!
    • For grades K-6, with students assigned to groups based on age, level and experience.
    •  Healthy snacks provided twice a day.  Full-day students should bring their own lunch. 
    • For grades K-6, with students assigned to groups based on age, level and experience.
    • We will maintain a teacher-student ratio of 14:1 or better.
    • Join us on Friday at 3:00 p.m. for student presentations and an awards ceremony with personalized certificates, t-shirts, and chess sets for all participants!

Sibling discounts available!  $60 off for full day schedule, $30 off for half-day schedule.

  For more information, contact or 720-504-8765