MASTERCHESS

Dear Families,

Our team of accomplished and dedicated coaches is working to offer two sessions of online summer chess camp. The first session is August 3rd to August 7th. The second session is August 10th to August 14th. The staffing of the camp makes it a unique learning opportunity.

The strongest students rated 1500+ will work with Grandmaster Alex Stripunsky.

Alex is the former coach of the US Women's National Team and personal coach to elite young players through the International Master level. Alex has won or tied for first in numerous world-class events, including the US Championship and the World Open.

During the morning sessions, Alex will be teaching theoretical material, according to the lesson's theme. Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to practice. Students will either solve exercises or play special training positions.

Students rated 1000-1500 will work with Matan Prilleltensky and Elizabeth Spiegel.

Matan is a National Master with an academic background in Gifted and Talented Education. He has coached numerous students who qualified to represent the United States in the World Youth, and multiple school programs that won National Championships.

Elizabeth and Matan will focus on typical middlegame strategies students can apply in their own games, including but not limited to:

  • Open Files
  • Opposite Colored Bishops
  • Bishop vs. Knight
  • Typical Pawn Structures
  • Attack on the King
  • Initiative and Sacrifice

Elizabeth is the famous many-time national championship winning coach of IS318k featured in the movie "Brooklyn Castle". She is an accomplished player who competed in multiple US Championships. Elizabeth will also be teaching her "Greatest Hits" - the most impactful and successful lessons she has collected over the course of her teaching career!

Intermediate students will also have the opportunity to work with Grandmaster Alex Stripunsky.

Students rated up to 1000 will work with Paul Swaney, a US Chess expert and superb classroom teacher whose school programs have won multiple state titles in Virginia.

They will also have the opportunity to work with Matan Prilleltensky and Elizabeth Spiegel.

The schedule for a typical day is as follows:
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Theoretical Instruction - tactics, typical middlegame themes, endgames, etc. Opportunities to practice will be included.
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Lunch Break - kids should go outside and step away from their screens to prepare to focus again.,br> 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Practical Component - tournament games, analysis, etc.

The coaches will be able to challenge and instruct students of all levels. Each student will receive individual recommendations for further study - our goal is for them to be inspired to continue their chess journey with renewed dedication.

We are already accepting registrations by PayPal at mprilleltensky@gmail.com. The fee is $500 for one week of camp. Half-day (morning only) is also available for $375 for the week.

Register by sending your child's name, age, and USCF rating to mprilleltensky@gmail.com.

Coaches will be using original material for the second week, so returning campers will be learning new things every day.

We hope your child will come study with us! They can expect serious learning, but also serious fun.