ImagesCamps-2021 @ BAC!

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

(Unique Curriculum,
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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 Boot-Camps, Winter 2021

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Boot-Camp Format: 4 Daily Lessons, Monday through Thursday, with a Tournament on Friday (same time of day!), using Zoom and Chesskid.com as a playing platform. Registration comes with a Gold Membership to Chesskid.com if the student does not already have one. Boot-Camps come with the expectation that students will play on their own time, so the 50 minute session can be dedicated to Lessons/instruction, with a Chesskid Prize Event on Fridays (for BAC-€oins!). 
Please explore the 5 Skill Levels to see what's best for you.  Online Boot-Camp Start times (daily) are 10am, 11am or 2pm (pst), see below.

Weeks of 12/20-12/24 and 12/27-12/31. 
Camp options (by Level):

 Level   1

For Brand New Players/Absolute Beginners (only).
Age 5-10. (Friday class instead of Tournament)

 Level   2-3

 Beginner and Intermediate Boot-Camps will be split by level using Zoom Breakout. (Chesskid 500-1300)

 Level   4-5

Advanced-Only (1300+ Chesskid or 900+ USCF). Topics will expect proficiency with Intermediate+ Chess.


Online BootCamps 12/20 - 12/24:
  Level   Time (daily)   Format  Info/Register 
 1 : New/Beginner  10:00 - 10:50 AM (pst)

Zoom Class all 5 days.

 2-3 : Beg + Intermediate  11:00 - 11:50 AM (pst) Mon-Thur: Zoom Class
Fri: €oin Tournament
 2-3 : Beg + Intermediate  2:00 - 2:50 PM (pst) Mon-Thur: Zoom Class
Fri: €oin Tournament
 4-5 : Advanced  2:00 - 2:50 PM (pst) Mon-Thur: Zoom Class
Fri: €oin Tournament


Online BootCamps 12/27 - 12/31:

  Level   Time (daily)   Format  Info/Register 
 2-3 : Beg + Intermediate  10:00 - 10:50 PM (pst) Mon-Thur: Zoom Class
Fri: €oin Tournament
 4-5 : Advanced  11:00 - 11:50 AM (pst) Mon-Thur: Zoom Class
Fri: €oin Tournament
 1 : New/Beginner  2:00 - 2:50 PM (pst) Zoom Class all 5 days.
 2-3 : Beg + Intermediate  2:00 - 2:50 PM (pst) Mon-Thur: Zoom Class
Fri: €oin Tournament

Times Available:  Camps will run for the week of 12/20-12/24 and 12/27-12/31.  Camps are hosted at 10am-10:50, 11am-11:50, or 2:00-2:50pm (pacific standard time).  Click above or Browse the Camp Menu here: All Camps

Maximum Coach/Student Ratio: 10:1

Weekly Tuition:

     $93 for Level 1  (5 classes, 1/day)

     $87 for Levels 2-3  (4 classes + Prize Tournament)

     $93 for Levels 4-5  (4 Advanced classes + Prize Tournament)

Discount: Purchasing Multiple Boot-Camps (weeks OR times) in a single transaction will grant a 10% discount!  Which Week/Time is best for YOU?

New users: Information about your ChessKid Membership (for new players) will be emailed 0-3 days before Camp starts. 

Zoom Links: The orientation for Boot-Camps (containing the Zoom Link) are emailed to you on SUNDAY Evenings before the Camp.

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"Pro-rates and Make-ups": The packaged sessions of Boot-Camps cannot be pro-rated, but if you know in advance that you will miss ONE session, you can let us know and join a make-up class by attending one of our online Drop-In club sessions (single-session classes). Those are at specific times of the week and are by Level: Drop-In Sessions.  The Friday €oin Tournaments will be on Chesskid.com and will not require logging in to Zoom.

We look forward to having your child in class with us!  Please, spread the word!


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