Free Online Summer Camp FAQ

*How can I register?

You should be able to register on the Free Chess Camp page, but if you were having difficulty you can register by filling out this Google Form.

*Do I need a Chess.com account?

Yes. We will be using Chess.com to play games and a tournament. You will need an account, but there is no cost to you. You can get one here.

*What can I expect now that I have registered?

On Friday July 24th we will be emailing all our students to let them know which group they are assigned to and instructions for the camp. We will have different groups doing different activities or lessons at various times based on their ages and experience levels. We will post the instructions online as well, but we request that students not work ahead.

*Where does it take place?

This is an online chess camp and will be conducted entirely over the internet. A computer with an internet connection, a free chess.com account, and the ability to watch YouTube videos are the only requirements. You will be able to participate without having to be in close contact with anyone.

*What age group and skill level is this camp is for? 

We are designing the camp so children will be broken into smaller groups based on age and skill levels and given instructions on which activities to do. This will allow us to accommodate children of all ages and chess abilities.

*Are you allowed to attend just one day?

Yes. Obviously, you would learn more if you attended the entire week, but we will be sending the instructions for each group before the camp. Other than missing the live lessons you should be able to go to our page and complete the majority of the activities when you have the time.

*What type of tournament will they play?

While we may have students play a certain number of games against a certain range of players on chess.com for practice, the main tournament will be a slow-play tournament specifically designed to encourage a long term commitment to chess and thoughtful play by requiring only 1 move per day.

*Is a camera needed to do this?

No, having a camera may be useful for some of the activities, but none of them will require a camera in order to participate.

*Are there any hidden costs or equipment we must purchase ahead of time in order for our child to attend the online chess camp?

No. This camp is tuition free and the only equipment needed is a computer which meets basic technology requirements.

*What are the technology requirements for the Free Online Summer Chess Camp?

Students need at minimum high-speed Internet access, a keyboard, and a computer capable of accessing YouTube and Chess.com.

*Do I need to be a member of the USCF to participate?

No. This will not be an official USCF event and the tournament will not be rated by the USCF.

*What if I want to register a large group?

care happy to accommodate a larger group. If you have more than a few students to register you can email dailychessmusings@gmail.com and we will send you an excel file that you can fill out with all the pertinent information and email back to us.

If you have a question that was not answered here then please email dailychessmusings@gmail.com and we will answer them.

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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