Online Chess Camp FAQ

I just signed up for a camp. When will I get a Zoom link?
Expect it the night before the camp starts.  We like to send out the Zoom links as late as we can, so that we can do the best possible groupings for the students.

How are students grouped?
We group students by skill as best we can.  For students who've done prior online chess activities with us, we'll use their ratings, and make groups that are as close together in skill as possible.  For example, for our December camps, we had groups that were for students 600-800, 800-950, 950-1100, 1100-1350, 1350+, and some groups of students who were broadly beginners, but hadn't played online before, who we grouped by age.

What's the schedule for the day look like?
Here's a sample from a 9:30am-noon camp:

9:30-9:40 Introductions, chat, get to know each other
9:40-10:10 Lesson
10:10-10:45 Practice games and possibly student game analysis
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:25 Lesson
11:25-12:00 Practice games

What does a lesson look like?
Here's an exciting minute of a beginner lesson.

What's the refund policy?
If you cancel a week or more before the camp starts, you can either get a credit toward a future camp or class with us, or a refund minus $20.  If you cancel within a week of the camp start date but more than 24 hours before it starts, we can offer a credit toward a future camp.  Within 24 hours of the start date of a camp, we no longer offer refunds or credits.

What equipment do we need?  Do we need a chess board?
Just a laptop or tablet that can go on Zoom and access the internet.  Games are played on the website Chesskid. 

Who's teaching the camp?
We have a bunch of teachers at each camp, but you can see some of our team here.

My child is a current club member.  Will they do new lessons at this camp?