Mini-Camps & Group Lessons

Upcoming:

**Saturday, March 27th – Group Lesson: FunMasterMike presents “Mikhail Tal’s Craziest Sacrifices, Part 2!” All levels welcome!

**Saturday-Sunday, April 10 & 11 – Spring Break Mini-Camp (2 day event). All levels welcome!

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.

  • Saturday, March 27th – Group Lesson: FunMasterMike presents “Mikhail Tal’s Craziest Sacrifices, Part 2!” at 11am Eastern time/8am Pacific/3pm UK (This event is open to players of all levels. You do not need to have attended the first session.) This special group lesson will run about 1.5 hours. Cost of this event is $50 USD. Space is limited!
  • Saturday-Sunday, April 10 & 11 – Spring Break Mini-Camp (2 day event!) at 11am Eastern time/8am Pacific/3pm UK each day. (This event is open to players of all levels. Campers will be divided in groups based on rating.) This special 2-day Camp will be taught by FunMasterMike and other top-flight instructors. Instruction will include a variety of topics. Each day will run about 3 hours (6 hrs total). Cost of this 2-day event is $300 USD. Space is limited!

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 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 the mini-camp is $175 USD per student, payable by Paypal.

Spring Break Mini-Camp:

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

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.

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