Chess is over 1,500 years old and is the most popular board game in the world! It is widely recognized that chess can improve logical and analytical reasoning, while at the same time enhancing sportsmanship and patience.
The SCH chess camp presumes that students already know how to play. Typically, students are at least in 3rd grade (exceptions are possible). We will play tournament style chess games; that is, we play with chess clocks, notate games, and play with “touch move” rules. We will learn opening theory, middle game strategies, tactics, and we will work our way toward mastering relatively complex endgames. We will also play variant games such as “give away,” “progressive,” “dragon chess,” and “bug house.” On the last day, Ross Colby will give prizes to all campers.
This camp will be instructed by Ross Colby: Ross Colby is an adjunct philosophy professor who has taught for over 15 years. He also teaches chess at Springside Chestnut Hill, The Philadelphia School, Friends Select, Germantown Friends, and William Penn Charter. As a scholastic player, he attained expert rating (over 2,000) when he was 15, and he played on five teams that won national championships. Colby's teams have numerous state and national division titles.
Camp hours: 8:30am - 3:30pm - Early Birds: 7:30am - 8:30am ($5/day) - After Care: 3:30pm - 6pm ($25/day, $100/week)
Lunch is FREE with Chess Camp, snack is also provided.