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Midwest Chess Camp

Chess Tip of the Day: Think First, Move Second!

The Midwest Chess Camp is held in the summer of each year, usually in August. The goal is to provide a high quality chess education for the scholastic (k-12) players from the central Illinois area to mix and meet with top chess educators to increase their understanding of the game and improve their play.


Students are divided into groups according to their playing skill. Beginners re-enforce their understandings of the rules and learn basic strategies and tactics for play. Intermediate players work on advanced tactics and more sophisticated endgame issues. Advanced players receive training in all aspects of the game with a holistic approach to game planning. All players receive the personal attention of their instructor.


After classes on Thursday and Friday, a tournament is held on Saturday to allow our students to display what they have learned. The tournament is open to all scholastic players and available to those who cannot participate in lessons earlier in the week.



2019 Midwest Chess Camp


Camp Schedule:

Thursday August 1st:

8:00-8:45am Registration
9:00-10:00am Lesson 1
10-10:15am Morning Break
10:15-11:15am Lesson 2
11:15-Noon Chess Activity
Noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2pm Lesson 3
2:00pm-2:15 Afternoon Break
2:15-3:15 Lesson 4
3:15-4pm Chess Activity
4:00-5pm Activity & Pickup

Friday August 2nd:

8:00-8:45am Registration
9:00-10:00am Lesson 5
10-10:15am Morning Break
10:15-11:15am Lesson 6
11:15-Noon Chess Activity
Noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2pm Lesson 7
2:00pm-2:15 Afternoon Break
2:15-3:15 Lesson 8
3:15-4:00pm Chess Activity
4:00-5pm Activity & Pickup

Saturday August 3rd:

8:00-8:45am Registration
9:00-Noon Rounds 1-3 ASAP
Noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-3pm Rounds 3-4 ASAP
3-4pm Pickup


Camp Activity Side Events:

Students v Instructor Simultaneous Exhibition
Games Annotated by your Instructor
Team Chess
Chess Problem Contest


Open Chess Tournament


(Attendance to the Main Thursday & Friday Camp is not required to play in the tournament).
4 Round Swiss System in 2 Sections (Beginners/Novice and Intermediate/Advanced)

Trophies:

Each Section
1st through 10th Place
Upset trophy
. . . 100 Point difference to qualify

Time Control: 40 minutes with a 5 second delay.


Camp Fees


Full Camp (both days)$160
Thursday only Camp $90
Friday only Camp $90
Tournament only $15

...Tournament participation is included in Camp Day Fees
...Lunch is included for all three days, including tournament only participants.

Registration:

Click to Register Online Now, or mail registration information and Payments as requested.

Postal Registration

Send mailed entries to:

Midwest Chess Camp
1116 N Parkside Dr
Peoria, IL 61606


Be sure to include:

Name, postal & email addresses
USCF ID number
Your Section (Grade)
Your Check
Check the attendees list for confirmation


Mailed entries must be RECEIVED by end of business day, July 30th.



More Information:

Directions to Peoria Academy:

From I-74 West from Galesburg, I-474 (Route 6) Exit (87B) North to Allen Road. Turn Right onto Allen Road and Take Allen Road to W Willow Knolls. Turn Right on W Willow Knolls and quickly Turn Right just past the Car Dealership. You are in the Peoria Academy parking area and the Chess Tournament is in the East Building, the smaller building on your right.


From Downtown or I-74 East take War Memorial Drive Exit (89) North to Allen Road. Turn Right onto Allen Road and Take Allen Road up the hill to W Willow Knolls. Turn Left on W Willow Knolls and quickly Turn Right just past the Car Dealership. You are in the Peoria Academy parking area and the Chess Tournament is in the East Building, the smaller building on your right.


From the North on Route 40 Take US Route 40 South and take Route 6 (I-474) West to the Allen Road south exit. Take Allen Road south to W Willow Knolls. Turn Right on W Willow Knolls and quickly Turn Right just past the Car Dealership. You are in the Peoria Academy parking area and the Chess Tournament is in the East Building, the smaller building on your right.


From the East on Routes 24 or 116 Cross the Illinois River at the McCluggage Bridge and take War Memorial to Allen Road. Turn Right onto Allen Road and Take Allen Road to W Willow Knolls. Turn Right on W Willow Knolls and quickly Turn Right just past the Car Dealership. You are in the Peoria Academy parking area and the Chess Tournament is in the East Building, the smaller building on your right.