Chess Camps

Chess Camps

This Easter I’ll running two 4-day online camps for children aged 6-14 – from the 29th of March to the 1st of April and from the 6th to the 9th of April (no camp on Good Friday and Easter Monday). Complete beginners are welcome. There will be two sessions each day – from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00, which offers students and parents a greater flexibility – one can attend either session or both. There are discounts for siblings and for signing up for the whole week. Have a look at the camp’s flyer and if you would like to join the camp, please fill out our Google form (one per each child) at your earliest convenience.

Over 100 students took part in our mid-term online chess camp in February 2021. We had five chess instructors (Carl Jackson, Luke Scott, Ivan Baburin and John Keenan all assisted me) and three guest teachers (Alice O’Gorman, Henri Li and Tom O’Gorman, the current Irish Chess Champion) working at the camp.

Since the late 1990s, our chess school has been running regular chess camps during summer holidays, in October mid-term, after Christmas, in February mid-term and during Easter holidays. At these camps we have lectures, quizzes and tournaments, including blitz and bug-house chess competitions.

Lesson at our February 2020 camp

Tournament play at our July 2019 camp
Prize-giving at the February 2020 camp

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved our camps online, running them in July, August and October 2020. Lessons are conducted on Zoom, while we use ChessKid arena for the camp tournaments. This is what Polly McCormick from Co Laois had to say about one of those camps:

“Alex’s October 2020 online camp was great fun. I enjoyed getting out of bed each morning with something special to look forward to. Each day began with a chess lesson, this was followed by games between the children. Alex then looked at our games and explained how we could have played better. I think Alex is a good teacher and he has a lot of patience. He does his best to explain things in a way that all the children can understand.

There is often a funny story or an unplanned visit from Alex’s pet cat ‘Panda’ or someone else’s pet. I am not living in Dublin so I couldn’t always go to Alex’s camps, but now I am able to log in from my home. Chess books can be boring for children my age, as we want to have some fun when we are learning. Alex’s Zoom sessions made me feel like we were all in the same room together, and they made me laugh during the Lockdown. I wish my friends at school could do one of Alex’s camps and enter the fantastic world of chess.”

Our next online camp will take place on 28-31 December 2020. You can see its details (schedule, fees, etc) in our PDF flyer. To register, please fill out our Google form. With any inquiries, please contact Alex Baburin on 087-968-2378 or baburin@gmail.com.

In early January 2021 we will have a two-day online camp for advanced-level junior players. Check its details (schedule, fees, etc) in our PDF flyer. To register, please fill out our Google form.

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