Events, Mini-Camps & Group Lessons

Upcoming:

Sunday, July 10th – Group Lesson/Puzzle Contest: “FunMasterMike’s Summer Puzzle Contest – with special guest WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili” at 11am Eastern time/8am Pacific/4pm UK/5pm CET

Has your child been listening to FunMasterMike for years on ChessKid but always wanted to get personalized instruction from him? Well now you can!

FunMasterMike Mini-Camps and Group Lessons are held online in a small group format.

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  • The Sunday, July 10th Group Lesson/Puzzle Contest will be “FunMasterMike’s Summer Puzzle Contest – with special guest WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili
  • This fun group event will be a more interactive session with all students competing in a puzzle solving competition in several themes, including one section on the “Best Moves of Georgian Women.” (Georgia is the country that is home to the most famous culture of women in chess, including the world’s first female grandmaster!)
  • Special guest WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili (HappyCrocodile) will help FunMasterMike host this special puzzle solving event. Keti is a two-time world youth champion.
  • This lesson will last about 2 hours. This event is open to players of all ages and all levels.
  • Cost of the group lesson is $50 USD, payable by PayPal.

To register, use this online registration form.

Once your spot is confirmed, you will be emailed a payment link and private meeting link code.

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Structure for Group Lessons:

  • Group lessons focus on one theme, with many positions presented around that theme. Past themes have included: “How Karpov Wins”; “Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship Wins”; “Bobby Fischer’s 20-Game Winning Streak”; “Mikhail Tal’s Craziest Sacrifices”
  • Class size is larger than mini-camps, but still limited.
  • Generally, unless otherwise stated, there’s no minimum or maximum rating for students.
  • The lesson will be recorded and the full video sent to all kids for later replay.
  • The cost of group lessons is $50 USD per student, payable by Paypal.

Structure for Mini-Camps:

  • 6-10 kids will be allowed to register for each camp and will play a 3-round tournament on ChessKid.com at a time control of G/15, using normal Swiss pairings. Efforts will be made to group kids into the right mini-camp according to ability.
  • After each round, FunMasterMike will review all games with all players using a private Zoom meeting. The mini-camp will alternate between game play and review of games. There will also be some puzzles and mini-lessons mixed in.
  • A sample timeline of a camp is: Welcome and greetings, round 1 games, review of the 4 games of round 1, then round 2, review of the 4 games of round 2, a short break, round 3, and a review of the 4 games of round 3 and declaring a winner.
  • Students will use their normal ChessKid account for the games, and pairings will be done by their Fast Chess rating. This is a training tournament/mini-camp, and so to take pressure off of the kids, there are no formal prizes.
  • The camp will be recorded and the full video sent to all kids for later replay.
  • The cost of mini-camps is $175 USD per student, payable by Paypal.

Seasonal Mini-Camps:

  • Instruction for the 2-day seasonal mini-camps is a different format & will include special guest instructors.
  • All levels welcome. Campers will be divided into groups based on rating.
  • Cost of this 2-day mini-camp is $300 USD per student (includes both days), payable by Paypal.

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