Day 2 Summary at the Prairie Chess Camp

posted Jul 17, 2018, 6:30 PM by James Hodina

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Dear Prairie Chess Camp Families,

We had another great day.  Everyone is getting into the groove and we stayed on schedule with all of our lessons and afternoon tournament.

In yesterday’s update, I explained that we broke up into groups and that students rotated through instructors.  Each instructor has a specific area that they focus their lessons on throughout the week and with each group, they adjust the difficulty of the lesson to the level of the students.  We actually have this mapped out throughout the week, but in general: James takes on the middle game, Dan the endgame, Erik is the tactics (calculation) instructor, and Alex integrates it all with instructional games.

In the afternoon, we have been holding tournaments with the purpose to apply the learning from the morning lesson into practice over the chess board.  Of course, we want all of the games to be competitive learning experiences and try to match up students equitably. Today, we played one game with a time control of Game in 30 minutes.  Then, we started a thematic tournament where everyone played with a shorter time control together all in one section. The theme of the tournament was endgames, where Alex gave everyone a starting position with a king, rook, minor piece, and pawns.  We played three rounds and will finish up the tournament first thing tomorrow morning.

Results of the tournament game from Monday and Tuesday are posted on the chess camp website.  A few results (primary our younger kids) were left undecided and the results are not fully shown (rest assured they did play).  All students are doing a great job with writing their moves down and reviewing them with the instructors afterward.

We did have food and recesses today :-).  Our friend, Jim White, brought his giant chess set, which was a big hit.  The weather continues to cooperate letting us play outside. It may rain Thursday or Friday where we may find ourselves in the gym later this week.  It was Taco Tuesday for lunch where we had tacos, 7-layer burritos, cheese quesadillas, chips, and drink. For the morning snack, we had GoGurt and Chex Mix and in the afternoon we served fruit snacks and licorice.  Of course fruit was served again throughout the day including bananas, grapes, pears, and apples (the apple slicer is a big help!)

I took more pictures in the classroom today.  Here is the link to the photo album:  Enjoy!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Take care,