July 20 – 25, 2014
OleChess – A Premier Chess Camp with class options for all levels and all ages
Camp offers a week of quality instruction and chess-related activities featuring some of the world’s premier players and teachers. Chess players of all ages, abilities, and experience levels will enjoy a week filled with classes, demonstrations, lectures, tournaments, and games, games, and more games with fellow chess enthusiasts.
OleChess Class Options and Fees
Class fees include double-occupancy lodging, meals (Sunday dinner – Friday lunch), instructional sessions, special activities and a camp shirt. Scholarships are available for Minnesota students in need of financial assistance.
Campers are assigned to classes based on several factors, primarily including the camper’s registered section, age, and rating/chess strength. If possible, the camp will provide a variety of primary instructors from year to year. All classes require a minimum enrollment, which have typically been met in the past. Reassignments or refunds are available for classes cancelled due to low enrollment, notification will be sent at least two weeks prior to camp. Final class assignment decisions rest with the camp staff.
Chess Exploration: $665
For players of all ages and strengths. Campers are divided into classes of like ability and age. Campers 9 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult escort.
Intensive Study: $795
Advanced Youth: Under 18 with 1500+ rating. This option is only for strong youth students. The option involves additional classroom rigor and an additional evening lecture after which students may join evening camp activity including separate sections of the blitz and bughouse tournaments.
Advanced Adult: 18 and over OR rating of 1700+. This option is intended for the serious adult students and involves additional instructional period, lectures, and greater classroom rigor. This session will admit serious, mature-acting youth students who meet the requirements and have the approval of the camp director.
Fundamental Adult: 18 and over. For the novice to moderate strength adult interested in strengthening their chess knowledge for themselves or for the additional purpose of teaching others. This option includes take-away materials and for those interested in coaching a letter of recommendation for the USCF Certified Chess Coach Program. Stronger players should consider Intensive Study-Advanced Adult.
Evening Lecture Series: $25 per lecture for those pre-registered by 7/1/14. $30 at the door.
Adults (over age 17) who are not campers may attend the Intensive Study evening lecture. Lectures last 1 to 1.5 hours, and begin at 6:00. Adults wishing to attend should show up at 5:45. Lectures by camp GM’s and IM’s. No refunds.
For parents/guardians escorting their child to camp. This daily class is Chess 101 lite for escorts. Escorts will learn the basics of chess, chess notation, and chess tournaments so that they can better share in their child’s chess experience. It will also include a “mini-tournament” among class members only so that parents can share in the tournament experience and learn from their own play. The class and tournament will be in the mornings-only and Chesscorts will be free the rest of the day.
How to Be a Good Chess Parent (Sunday Seminar 2:30 – 4:00): $20
A brief program discussing the important role of chess parent, based on Kevin’s article (add link here) that has been republished around the Internet. Key chess basics will be covered: how to select a chess coach, what books to study?, what kind of tournaments to attend, and what kind of a chess player do I have?
Chess Basics Class (Free)
Sunday afternoon chess class covering the basics of chess moves and chess notation for anyone who needs a refresher in the topics.
Chess Camp Instructors
Each year, Kevin Bachler – OleChess Camp Director, FIDE Master, FIDE Trainer, USCF PCC – brings the best available masters to OleChess. 2014 instructors will include Grandmasters Gregory Kaidanov, Alex Yermolinsky, WGM Camilla Baginskaite, International Master John Bartholomew, and National Master Ken Wallach (link to come). Additional instructors will be announced as added depending upon camp size.
Chess Camp Registration
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form on your computer and send it via mail or fax. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached.
For More Information
If you have questions about the camp or registration, contact St. Olaf Camps Office at (507) 786-3042 or (800) 726-6523 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Contact Kevin Bachler, camp director, for questions about staff or instructional content at Kevin Bachler@cavemanchess.com.