Day 1 Summary

Post date: Jul 18, 2017 1:09:01 AM

Dear Prairie Chess Camp Families,

We got off to a fabulous start today. Everyone arrived ready to play. The school bus pickup and drop off went right on cue (thank you Crissy Vigil and parents!). Spielman’s Event Services arrived early and set up pipe and drape to add three classrooms to the cafeteria.

We let the kids settle in this morning by playing some casual chess games before starting with our morning lessons. Our 64 students are split out into four groups based on age and US Chess Federation rating. Each group has three morning lessons, rotating to a different instructor with each lesson. By rotating, all our students get to work with each of our amazing instructors (Alex, Erik, Dan & James with Joseph and Gokul) equally throughout the week. Each student has a folder that they will keep their tactics worksheet and scoresheet of any games they played and recorded.

In the afternoon, we played a tournament among students. We played three games at 40 minutes a piece. All students recorded their moves in a scorebook provided as part of the camp registration. After each game, the students then reviewed their game with one of our instructors to get direct feedback on their play.

Snacks, lunch, and recess went smoothly, thanks in large part to our high school student volunteers and staff (Regan, Trevor, Andre, Teresa & Sanmati). Morning snacks included Chex Mix and Nutri-Grain bars. Lunch was catered by Subway and afternoon snacks included popcorn and cheeseheads with apples, pears, and bananas also available.

I was able to take some pictures today although, with all of the setup today, I did not take a lot. Here is a link to the online photo album:

I will definitely showcase more of the lessons in tomorrow’s camp summary.

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

Take care,