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July 26–31, 2015

A Premier Chess Camp with class options for all levels and all ages

OleChess 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, and tournaments … plus games, games, and more games with fellow chess enthusiasts.

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.  There is a $50 late-fee for registrations submitted after June 1, and a $100 late-fee for registrations submitted after July 1.

Refund Policy

Written cancellation received by June 13 will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after June 13.

Classes and Fees

Class fees include double-occupancy lodging, meals (Sunday dinner – Friday lunch), instructional sessions, special activities and a camp shirt. 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, in which case notification will be sent at least two weeks prior to camp. Final class assignment decisions rest with the camp staff.

Scholarships are available for Minnesota students in need of financial assistance.

  • Chess Exploration: $TBD

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: $TBD
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:  $TBD per lecture for those pre-registered by 7/1/15; $TBD at the door

Adults (over age 17) who are not campers may attend the Intensive Study evening lecture. Lectures last 1–1.5 hours, and begin at 6 p.m.  Adults wishing to attend should show up at 5:45 p.m. Lectures by camp GM’s and IM’s. No refunds.

  • Chesscorts: $TBD

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): $TBD

Based on an article by Kevin Bachler, this is a brief program discussing the important role of chess parent. Key chess basics will be covered: how to select a coach, what books to study, what kind of tournaments to attend, and figuring out what kind of a chess player you 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 topic.

Late Fee
$50 late fee for registrations received after June 1.
$100 late fee for registrations received after July 1.

Instructors

Each year Kevin Bachler (OleChess Camp DirectorFIDE Master, FIDE Trainer, USCF PCC) brings the best available masters to OleChess. 2014 instructors will include Grandmasters Gregory KaidanovAlex Yermolinsky, WGM Camilla Baginskaite, International Master John Bartholomew, and National Master Ken Wallach. Additional instructors may be added.

More Information

Contact Kevin Bachler, camp director, for questions about staff or instructional content, or the St. Olaf Camps office: 507-786-3031, 800-726-6523.

Frequently asked questions

How many youth attend?
The last couple years we have had just under 50 campers in attendance. Our short-term goal is to increase this attendance to 75–100 participants. As we add campers we add instructors, intending to maintain a ratio of 8-12 campers per instructor — with the occasional class creeping up to 14 in order to fit classes by age and rating.

What are the predominant range of ages of the campers?
Ages range from 7-year-old campers to 50-year-olds-plus. The majority of participants are ages 10–17, and the largest group is ages 11–14.

What are the predominant range of ratings of the campers?
Ratings range from Beginner to 2100. The majority of our campers ratings range 100–1200.  The next largest group is commonly 1200–1600.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellation received by June 13 will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after June 13.

Can I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online?
No. In order to meet regulations we can only take credit cards using our online form.

How can I view my child’s chess ratings?
Go to the US Chess Federation, select “Look up a Member,” and enter your child’s name or ID.