Mini-Camps & Group Lessons

Upcoming:

*Sunday, August 29: Group Lesson “Top 10 Grandmaster Moves of All-Time!”

*Sunday, September 5: FunMasterMike’s 1st ever Worldwide Blitz Tournament!

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.

  • Sunday, August 29th – Group Lesson: FunMasterMike presents “Top 10 Grandmaster Moves of All-Time!” at 11am Eastern time/8am Pacific/3pm UK This event is open to players of all levels and will run about 1.5 hours. Cost of this event is $50 USD.
  • Sunday, September 5th – FunMasterMike’s 1st ever Worldwide Blitz Tournament! at 11am Eastern time/8am Pacific/3pm UK This event is open to players of all levels. The tournament will be 7 rounds and should last about 1.5 hours. Cost of this event is $30 USD ($20 for previous FunMasterMike group lesson or minicamp participants). Yes, there are prizes! See event details 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.

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September 5th Blitz Tournament details:

  • The event will start at 11am Eastern time/8am Pacific/3pm UK, be sure to be on-time!
  • Registration deadline is Friday, September 3rd at midnight US Eastern time. No exceptions.
  • The tournament will be 7 rounds of 5+1 games. It should last about 1.5 hours.
  • This event is open to all players! There is no maximum number of participants.
  • Cost to participate is USD $30. Cost is $20 for any previous participant of a FunMasterMike minicamp or group lesson. Payment will be made by Paypal, payment instructions will be sent upon registration.
  • FM Mike Klein will be recording event commentary and the full video sent to all participants following the match.
  • Players will be required to join a Zoom call before the event start. By registering, players agree to ChessKid’s Fair Play regulations.
  • Prizes!:
  • 1st Place: 1 hour private lesson with FunMasterMike
  • 2nd & 3rd Place: a FunMasterMike video commentary of your best game
  • Top <1200 Player (based on your ChessKid Fast Chess rating pre-tournament): a FunMasterMike video commentary of your best game
  • Top Girl: a FunMasterMike video commentary of your best game

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.

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 this 2-day mini-camp is $300 USD per student (includes both days), payable by Paypal.

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