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CHESS CAMP FOR KIDS IN BROOKLYN!
DATE: From 6/30 till 7/3 (4 days), from 9 to 3 every day.
Camp ran by expert-level players, two daily instruction sessions, supervised training games, and tournaments. Classes for players of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced. Players bring their own lunch.
RATES: $300. Register before 6/1 for the early bird discount- only $275
Address: JEI Learning Center, 7721 18th Ave, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY 11214 ( conveniently located, close to the 79th St stop of the D train and many bus lines). http://jeibrooklyn.com/
Questions: Please contact the organizer, Simon Rudowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the JEI Center.
If you are interested in signing up your kids for an after-school chess group, I give classes at few different locations in Brooklyn several times a week. The times and locations are:
Bird River Studios , 343 Grand St, in Williamsburg, tel. (718)782-1791 . Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30
New York Chess and Game Shop , 192 Flatbush Ave in Park Slope/Prospect Heights Mon-Fri at 3:30 . Tel. (718)398-3727
JEI Learning Center , 7721 18th Ave in Bensonhurst. Saturdays at 10(advanced group) and 11(beginner group). Tel. (718)534-6990
I still have a few hours available for one-on-one individual instruction at your home, if you are interested. Hope to see you and your kids at a chessboard!
On Sunday, Sep 8th, Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, which is now an official affiliate of the United States Chess Federation, will host its first ever tournament- it’s going to be a scholastic event (for kids 14 years and under) , with 4 rounds of play. Please go here for details and to register . We look forward to seeing you there and stay tuned for more news about all the activities we’re going to bring for you, including lectures and more tournaments at the Bird River Studios chess club.
My student of few months, Gabriel Mrowka, sporting his impressive trophy for the 2nd place in the U900 section of the Bryant Park tournament- Gabriel’s score was an undefeated 3.5/4 in his second tournament ever! Congratulations! Looking forward to more tournaments, classes and chess camps this summer.
Beginning of the summer is the time of the year when chess players of all levels get a lot of opportunities to join large open tournaments to test their skills and compete for prizes. Just this weekend, there was the New Yorker Open in Manhattan and a large tournament in Chicago. In few weeks, the annual New York International (organized by the Marshall Chess Club) starts, and soon after that the largest tournament – the World Open , will draw chess crowds to compete (this time it takes place in Arlington, VA). If you are serious about your preparation, you may consider my help as a coach- I can share all of my experience in competing in this type of events, help you with polishing your opening repertoire and give you a set of instructive positions/annotated games in each of them. Also, please check my blog post about preparing for/ playing in these weekend tournaments. Good luck and have fun playing!
Tournament chess is very exciting- whether following super-grandmaster events like the ongoing Fide Candidates tournament in London, or playing in one when you are a kid! The big scholastic chess tournament- “Supernationals”, will take place in Nashville, TN on the weekend of April 5th-7th and students from all over the country will be competing on 64 squares. Last week, I was invited to conduct a training session with the chess team at the Robert F. Wagner Secondary School in Long Island City, Queens and it was a very productive time; we plan to meet again with the team before they leave. Good luck to all Wagner Chess Club players!
While my main activity as an instructor is working with my individual students and groups in New York City, I’m also available to anyone who wants to improve their level of play but doesn’t have an access to the coach where they live. I could help you in either of the two ways:
a) Deep analysis of your games: you send me your games that you have played and I analyze all that happened, suggesting improvements- with variations and a lot of text. Based on your games, I will recommend material you should study for your future games- certain opening variations, best players who have employed them, particular games to look at and literature to read. This is beneficial to you to have a real commentary of a strong player as compared to just the variations suggested by an engine and their numerical evaluations- computer will not talk to you in real words about the pawn structures, piece activity, typical plans in a position, transition from a middlegame to an endgame etc, which a strong player can explain to you in plain language. For examples of my commentary, please check my articles on the brooklyn64 blog .
b) Private one-on-one instruction via skype . If you have internet access and speak English (or Polish too), you don’t need a live coach across the board from you. I will set up the study positions on my screen and will share them with you so you can see them on your screen during the lesson as we discuss them (I will email you all the study material along with homework once we have finished).
Please contact me for details if you are interested.