Week 5: July 31-August 4, 2017

Campers will learn chess and refine their chess skills with lessons on openings, middlegame strategy, tactical problem solving and endgame principles and calculation in a fun and nurturing environment. Demonstrations of classical games from masters like Morphy, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Rubenstein and Fischer will be used to illustrate particular strategies and skills. Campers will be introduced to stories in chess history with focus on the origins of the game and the lives of the great champions.

The program will be divided between periods of instruction and practice play. Practice play will include open club play, tournament style timed play and Blitz play. Instruction on tournament rules and demeanor will be provided to expose students to the modern scholastic chess tournament environment. A club tournament will be played on the final day of the program to measure skill improvement and award accomplishments. Home practice materials may be provided for subject matter reinforcement.

For students entering grades 4-10. Minimum enrollment 16; maximum enrollment 30.
Program runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm. 

Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until March 15

Instructor: Chess Instructor and Coach Alexander Lumelsky has 35 years of chess experience with origins in Soviet Russia and New York City. Mr. Lumelsky presently runs chess programs in West Hartford and area towns where he has been coaching since 2011. His scholastic teams have captured over 50 team titles and 100 individual placements at championships in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island and at Nationals. Mr. Lumelsky is the Founder of allClubs Chess, a chess instruction and promotion organization for northern Connecticut. He is also co-Founder of the Connecticut Chess Organization (CCO), a non-profit company dedicated to chess promotion and development in Connecticut. CCO organized eleven Connecticut State Championship Series tournaments from January 2016 to the present. In October 2016, Mr. Lumelsky was voted to the Connecticut State Chess Association’s Board of Directors and appointed CSCA Tournaments Coordinator and Connecticut Delegate to the U.S. Chess Federation. Mr. Lumelsky is a full-time attorney in private practice with a focus on immigration law.


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