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June 24-28 (Advanced)
July 8-12 (Advanced)
Full Day: 9:00am–3:45pm
Morning Session: 9:00am–11:45am
Pick-up: 3:45pm–4:00pm (11:45am–12:00pm for morning session)
Extended Day: 7:30am-5:00pm. $15 per day.
Panda Chess Academy: 9900 Westpark #254 Houston, TX 77063.
Advanced camps will challenge experienced tournament players. Camps that are not listed as “Advanced” have instruction for advanced and intermediate students. If you have questions about which camp is best for your child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Phone/Text (during camp hours): (281) 940-8199.
Who should attend?
-Experienced tournament players.
-Those who have had group or private chess instruction.
-Those who enjoy playing organized, quiet, tournament-like chess games.
Full day camps are great for advanced players and older students. We provide a full day (with two short breaks and a lunch break) of chess instruction, training exercises, and chess play. This might be too much chess for the younger or less experienced player.
Half day, or “Morning Session” camps are best for younger students or those who have other commitments in the afternoon.
Jeffrey Ashton: USCF Master, full-time professional chess instructor, founder and owner of the Panda Chess Academy, organizer of this camp for 12 years.
Additional instructors may join the camp to help teach.
Assistant on Staff
A paid assistant with child-care experience will be on staff at all times, here to focus on your child’s needs.
The camps are held at Panda Chess Academy, a full time chess academy and tournament site for scholastic chess players (Kindergarten–12th grade students). Panda Chess Academy has been in business at the same location for over 12 years. We provide chess sets, clocks, notation sheets, pencils, and other chess equipment. Child-safe computers and tablets are used for chess training exercises, study, and game analysis.
We provide lecture notes and custom-made for our students. Students can go home and review moves that they learned at camp and parents can see what their child is learning.
Written exercises (mainly solving chess puzzles with paper and pencil) are given in classwork, and for students to take home. We provide books for students to use and borrow.
Students play many organized chess games. These games are played tournament-style, silently, where games may be discussed AFTER they are played. All training games are unrated but we follow United States Chess Federation rules. We expect students to notate their games so instructors can give detailed feedback.
At each camp we use new material so repeat campers will learn new things. More than half of our campers attend more than one camp per summer.
Topics and Activities
- Chess puzzles and problem solving
- Calculation training
- Creating and expanding an opening repertoire
- Opening play and how it transitions to the middle-game
- Formulation of plans and strategies
- Endgames with only a few pieces on the board
- Endgames with many pieces on the board
- Assessing a chess position: Who is really winning and why?
- Game analysis: Erasing bad habits and learning from your notated games
- How to learn from famous games
- Playing your best, consistently
- Using Chessbase, Fritz, and other training software to improve
- Developing a home study routine
- Learning to stay calm and focused by evaluating the position correctly
Group puzzle solving, tournament games, simultaneous exhibitions (chess teacher plays many chess games at once), training games from specific endgames and middle games, guessing the move in famous games, and more.
Training games are closely observed so instructors can provide detailed advice for each student. Customized opening feedback is available because we study the player’s notated training games. Students are encouraged to bring notated games played in tournaments or at home. We aim to learn as much as possible about each student’s strengths and weaknesses so we can best help the student improve.
Snacks and Lunch
We offer many snack options, and we provide bottled water. Students are also welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks. Students must bring their own lunch. A microwave is available.
We ask that students do not bring any nut-based foods due to allergies.
About the Panda Chess Academy Summer Training Programs
This is our 12th year offering these camps. The Panda Chess Academy is a full-time scholastic chess school and tournament playing site and we are affiliated with the United States Chess Federation.
Over 700 United States Chess Federation scholastic tournaments have been hosted at Panda Chess Academy. Over 100 different players visit Panda Chess Academy weekly for tournaments and instruction. Our students compete in State, National, and World championships.
Panda Chess Academy is located in a modern office building shared with many respectable corporations. The academy consists of 4 rooms that are cleaned daily by professional cleaning staff. The building is air conditioned during business hours. Restrooms and water fountains are on site.
Students are expected to show great behavior and perfect sportsmanship at all times. Any disrespect for others will not be tolerated. We schedule our lectures and breaks consistently, because we believe that our structure makes the camp both fun and educational. Our camps attract passionate chess players. We value students who are kind to others and respect the formalities of chess. These camps are a great opportunity for chess players to learn and play a lot, but we heavily emphasize our values of: Focus, Sportsmanship, and Safety (this has been our “motto” since we opened).
Registration and Price
Camps are limited in size. Players will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.
Full Day (9:00am–3:45pm) $345
Morning Session (9:00am–11:45am) $225
One child pays the full amount ($345) and additional siblings receive a $50 discount ($295). Please note that this cannot be combined with the repeat camper discount. Only one discount may be used per camp.
Repeat Camper Discount
Campers who attend more than one camp receive a discount. After paying the regular price for the first camp ($345), the camper may take $50 off the price of each additional camp. The repeat camper discount may not be combined with the sibling discount. Repeat discounts do not carry over from previous years.
How To Register and Pay
Step 1. Fill out the online registration form located at: http://www.chesspanda.com/form.html.
Step 2. Make payment online with Chase QuickPay or PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, mail a check made payable to Jeffrey Ashton to: Jeffrey Ashton 3139 W. Holcombe #362 Houston, TX 77025. Checks may also be delivered in person during tournament and class hours.
If you prefer, you may print out the registration form and mail it with your payment. Please remember that space is limited and we admit students on a first come first serve basis.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
July 29–August 2