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Bay Area Chess, Fall and Winter Camps 2021


If you came to this page in search of 2021 Online Fall courses with BAC (Term classes, not Camps), please visit us at :
2021 Fall Online Courses

Or, please continue if interested in our November+December Camps!


In-Person Camps    |    Online Camps 

General Info Below, or Go Directly to Camp Registration Menu

Warm Welcome to Bay Area Chess Camps, 2021.  This season, BAC will be hosting both in-person and Online Camp options!
Our Mission: To introduce children of all ages to everything that Chess has to offer, socially and academically, in the Bay Area and Beyond!
New Players: Absolute Beginners are welcome at all In-Person Camps (below), or any Online Camp that posts for Level 1.
Levels: What are the 5 BAC Skill-Levels ?
Saturdays:  For Saturday Options, please look into Clubs and Teams!



In-Person Fall and Winter Camps, 2021

pic        Regular Chess Camp: Half-Day block options available every week. 
     We welcome any child of 5 years or older (teens welcome, ages grouped accordingly)
     Prior chess knowledge is NOT required to attend a BAC camp.
     In-Person camps are for players Level 1 - 4.5, (under 1300 USCF or u1700 chesskid). 
     Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant.

        Morning Camps from 9AM to 1PM   /  Afternoon Camps from 1PM to 5PM
Afternoon blocks are not yet available at every location. (Online camps are)
      Early drop-off (8:30-9am) or Late Pickup (5:00 - 5:30pm) available when registering.


Sample Camp Schedule

 Morning Schedule: 9am - 1pm (afternoons follow a similar template)


       *8:30 - 9am :  Early-Drop options available at Registration.
       9:00 - 9:30 :  Arrival + Casual Free-play Games, Warm-ups.
       9:30 - 10:25 :  Group Instruction/Demonstrations (based on observed skill levels).
       10:25 - 10:35 :  Recess / Snacks (see snack options / disclaimer below).
       10:35 - 11:40 :  Games, Organized Pairings, Puzzles, Analysis at Coach discretion. 
       11:40 - 12:10 :  Group Instruction/Demonstrations.
       12:10 - 12:40 :  Lunch Break / Outside time. Please pack a child's lunch.
        (Lunch is OUTSIDE with distancing. Snacks will be provided to children without one).
       12:40 - 1:00 :  Free-Play Puzzles and Gaming until Pick-up / merge into PM arrivals.

        See Camp Policies


In-Person Camp Locations


Palo Alto: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (map)

505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Location Perks: Increased Outdoor Time, Higher Enrollment / More Space,

Palo Alto Camps:

ThanksGiving CHESS Camp
 11/22 - 11/24 (3-Day)

 9AM-1PM : Register  1PM-5PM : Register

Winter CHESS Camp
 12/20 - 12/23 (4-Day)

9AM-1PM : Register 1PM-5PM : Register

12/20 - 12/23 (4-Day)

9AM-1PM : Register 1PM-5PM : Register

Winter CHESS Camp 
12/27 - 12/31 (5-Day)

9AM-1PM : Register 1PM-5PM : Register
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San Jose: BAC Office (map)

2050 Concourse Drive #42, San Jose, CA 95131
Location Perks: Drop-off/Pick-up Convenience, Designated Outdoor Lunch Space, Split Rooms,
Air-Conditioning, Variety of Strategy Games available for Breaks, Cash in BAC-€oins on-site.

San Jose Camps:

  Winter CHESS Camp
12/20 - 12/23 (4-Day)

9AM-1PM : Register No Afternoon Camp


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 We value Safety! 
Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant. Masks are still required at this time.
Safe-Practice: Handwashing breaks, common-sense distancing and routine Sanitation of Camp Materials.
All Breaks and Lunches will be spent Outdoors.


Please note: there is a NO NUTS policy and NO FOOD Sharing  policy in all BAC Camps.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Please inform us immediately of any known allergies your child may have
The Camp snacks options may include:

Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks, Kellogg's Organic Fruit Snacks, Kirkland Apple-Sauce, Doritos Brand Basic Chip Variety Pack, Doritos Brand Bold Chip Variety Pack, Individual Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats, Keebler Cookie/Cracker Variety Pack, Cheeze-Its cracker snacks, Nature-Bakery Fig Bars, Kirkland Soft+Chewy Granola Bars, Fruit by the Foot Roll-Ups, Nature-Valley Honey+Oats Granola Bars, Velvita Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits, All-Natural Otter-Pops (Apple-Juice popsicles), Individual Pringles Variety Pack, Capri Sun Juice Variety Pack, Kirkland bottled Water


Online Camps, 2021

Online Formats (by Level):

 Level   1

"Boot-Camps" for Brand New Players/Absolute Beginners (only) = One 50 minute session per day, for 5 days (1 week).  Links Coming Soon!

 Level   2-5

"3-Hour Pools", for any player that knows the game, beginner through advanced, hosted EVERY Weekday 10AM-1PM! 
See Description Below or Browse Here

 Level   2-4

If Interested in One-Hour Online single classes for Proficient Players (level 2-4), see Online Clubs

Browse our Camp menu to register (by day)


3 Hour Morning Pools (Chess Camps)!: Join us for our standalone 3 hour Online Chess Camps, available for individual purchase. Coaches will host a variety of lessons at a ratio no higher than 10:1 and split players into optimized learning groups by estimated Level! We will usually host a practice tournament in the middle of the course. Players that are new to BAC will also receive a free 1-Year gold-membership to Chesskid.com ($49 value!) and be added to the BAC Club where we have 3700 active players and DAILY online competitions! See registration links for 3 Hour Camps below. Register for more than one course in the same transaction for an automatic 10% discount! 

       Level Scale:  (see Levels)
       Regular Pools (most players) happen EVERY Week Day, 12/20-12/31!  Chess is hosted between 10am and 1pm daily.

       Level 1 : Absolute Beginners and very New Players should attend weekly BAC Boot-Camps (Link coming soon)

Online Pools (3H Camps) Tuition: $43 per 3-Hour Camp

Browse the Registration Menu to register for particular days/weeks!