Free Online Chess Camp FAQ

*How can I register?

You should be able to register on the Registration page, but if you were having difficulty you can email dailychessmusings@gmail.com.

*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?

When you register you will select your level of experience. That will be the group you are in. We will have different groups doing different activities or lessons at various times based on their ages and experience levels. Each day before class begins we will post the daily assignments. We do not post the too far in advance or too many kids 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 for? 

We are designing all camps 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 time, but we will be sending the instructions for each group each day. Other than missing the live lessons (which will be available to watch later) 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?

We will run at least one tournament round every day. While there is no prize for winning the tournament, all kids will get points for participating in them. They will get 1 point for a loss, 2 for a draw, and 3 for a win.

*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 club/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?

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.

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 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. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. 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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