2020 Prairie Chess Camp

July 13- 17, 2020



We are taking the 2020 Prairie Chess Camp online

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host an in-person chess camp on the Prairie Campus this year.

Instructors will teach chess lessons through an online web-host system called join.me (same parent company of GoTo Meeting).

    • Classes will be kept small to approximately 8 players so that everyone may interact
    • Like the Prairie Chess Camps past, classes will rotate to different instructors so that you can learn from everyone.
    • Afternoon chess movies and fun short chess videos will be hosted (there will be no copyright infringement :-)

Everyone will receive a one-year ChessKid.com Gold Membership. In the camp, we will do

    • Puzzle contests
    • Online tournaments
    • Participate in special ChessKid.com events during the week.
    • Prairie Chess Camp "bling" to celebrate everyone's participation.

The camp would still be one week although I will work with the instructors on the schedule so that the online lessons are nicely spaced out so that kiddos are not just sitting in front of the computer all day. The cost of the camp for all 5 days will be $140, which is half of the regular fee.

Announcing a beginners track for K-3 players!

Senior Master Alex Betaneli will lead a tract to teach new players chess!

You won't believe how much fun learning chess can be until you come to the one week Prairie Chess Camp!

2020 Prairie Chess Camp Lead Instructors

Senior Master

Alex Betaneli

International Master

Erik Santarius

Wisconsin State Champion in 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2012. He frequently writes for the most widely read American chess magazine Chess Life. Alex’s students consistently win titles at both state and national levels.

National Master

Dan Brashaw

Erik Santarius was awarded the title of International Master (IM) in 2018. He was the Wisconsin State Champion in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013. Erik’s students consistently win awards in individual and team competitions.

National Master

James Neal

Dan is a USCF Master was the Iowa State Chess Champion from 2015-2017. Dan returns following his fourth year at the Prairie Chess Camp. Dan is the lead coach for the Iowa Pawn Stormers scholastic chess team.

James Neal, USCF Master returns for his third year to the Prairie Chess Camp. A familiar face in Eastern Iowa Chess as a players and a chess coach. James is the founder of the Thunder Kings chess team.