Images'23 Summer MASTER Chess Camp (1pm-5pm at Palo Alto, 7/31-8/4)

'23 SUMMER MASTER Chess Camp (1pm-5pm in Palo Alto, 7/31-8/4)


Welcome back to the BAC In-Person Master Chess Camp!

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,
Larger breaks spent at famous Magical Bridges Playground and Mitchell Park. 

Master Chess Camp is open to the Chess players Ages 7-17 with the minimum rating of USCF 1000+ (or 1400+ on Chesskid.com)

Each Block of Camp will have a Free USCF RATED-GAME at the end of the week (Full-day would receive 2 games). This Camp also comes WITH FREE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP TO USCF (if needed).


Master Chess camps are for the advanced USCF rated scholastic chess players. Minimum rating of USCF 1000 is required to attend.  Master chess camps are taught by professional Senior Staff or Titled Instructors and provide much more complex materials than regular chess camps. 

Master Chess Camp includes daily lecture-style lessons, which may require longer concentration and sitting, so as engaged listening, rather than relaxed learning; there will be a number of practice games, tactical and positional chess puzzle exercises throughout the day as well. Daily lectures, exercises and practice games will be alternated with the recesses.

The schedule of instruction is flexible and can depend on coaches' discretion, but may include: calculation training, opening preparation, middle-games, endgames, game analysis etc.  The coaches will provide top-level instruction, aiming to challenge the students in an engaging way.

The Camp will also be targeting Tournament-Practice/Play and will host 1 USCF RATED Game in each Block at the end of the week.

Space is very limited!  Register Soon!

Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant.  All BAC Instructors are Fully Vaccinated. Masks may be required.
Safe-Practice: Handwashing breaks, common-sense distancing and routine Sanitation of Camp Materials.
Lunches are spent Outdoors (at the playground / park)

Medical Waiver and Photo Release Form must  be filled and signed by the parent/guardian for each child prior to the camp's start

Morning Camps from 9AM to 1PM   /  Afternoon Camps from 1PM to 5PM.  Purchase Both in the same transaction to trigger an automatic 10% discount.
Early drop-off (8:30-9am) or Late Pickup (5:00 - 5:30pm) available when registering.

Sample Camp Schedule

Morning Camps from 9AM to 1PM   /  Afternoon Camps from 1PM to 5PM
(purchased separately to make Full-Day Camps)

Afternoon blocks are not yet available at every location.
Early drop-off (8:30-9am) or Late Pickup (5:00 - 5:30pm) available when registering.

Sample Camp Schedule

Afternoon Estimated Schedule: 1pm - 5pm (mornings follow a similar template)

       1:00 - 1:30 :  Arrival + Casual Free-play Games, Warm-ups.
       1:30 - 2:25 :  Group Instruction/Demonstrations (based on observed skill levels).
       2:25 - 2:40 :  Recess / Snacks (see snack options / disclaimer below).
       2:40 - 3:40 :  Games, Organized Pairings, Puzzles, Analysis at Coach discretion. 
       3:40 - 4:10 :  Group Instruction/Demonstrations.
       4:10 - 4:25 :  Break / Outside time.
       4:25 - 5:00 :  Free-Play Puzzles and Gaming until Pick-up (or coach discretion)

  See Camp Policies


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

Questions? Please email to enrich@bayareachess.com

NOTE: No early drop-off for the afternoon camp.

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