Events, Mini-Camps & Group Lessons


Sunday, May 7th – FunMasterMike’s “Nationals Training Camp” 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.


  • The Sunday, May 7th event is FunMasterMike’s “Nationals Training Camp
  • Whether you’re planning to attend this month’s National Elementary Championship or getting prepared for your next over-the-board tournament event, knowing what to expect and being prepared will give you a competitive advantage and help you have a good time! FM Mike will share his own tournament tips and advice to get you in the right mindset: what to know going into the event, how to prepare and what to watch out for. Playing chess should be fun…here’s to a great tournament experience!
  • This Group Lesson will last about 1.5 hours. All levels welcome.
  • Cost of this event is $50, payable by PayPal. Please register using the link below.

To register, use this online registration form.

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


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 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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