Master Chess 2023 Summer Camps!

MasterChess: learn, develop, and master!

Dear parents and guardians, welcome to our 2023 Master Chess Camp! We will do everything we can to make your child’s summer more engaging, instructive, interactive in our in-person camps! We’re excited to be back in-person for the whole summer, so kids can fully socialize and play with each other. Our teachers for the camp this summer will include Mr. Mike, Mr. Panos, Mr. Daniel, Mr. Zane, Mr.Mark and Mr. Foo among others. We will try to have every camper working on different subjects in each half day, so that they get a taste of different skill-sets, and simply don’t get bored. For this year, we are planning to provide our usual entertaining and instructive chess lessons, complemented with money management, public speaking, arts, and debate. In terms of in person camp, we will take all the necessary safety measures to minimize risk of Covid transmission, including cleaning surfaces, chess boards, and proper ventilation. In person camp will also feature projects like the ones we had in prior years; bridge-building, arts competitions, and of course double chess tournaments 🙂 We will have two locations, and both will provide outdoor playtime. Our North campus has a fantastic soccer field which will be put to good use, along with the table tennis tables inside. Looking forward to an awesome summer!

Chess Component

-Our teachers will work on the fundamental skills of chess such as calculation and evaluation of variations, especially with the more experienced students. They will use a collection of historical and recent games to show how this works out in practice, along with exercises to practice those skills. Considering the world chess championship will happen this April, we will also tie in those games into the chess themes.

-Weekly tournaments will keep campers in good chess shape, and give our teachers games to analyze with the campers.

For the younger campers, we will play a collection of mini-games such as mazes and pawn games, which train essential chess skills.

-We will try to organize special events such as simuls, guest lectures, trivia contests, as well as chess variant tournaments, to add novelty to the game.

What to prepare

  1. Lunch/Lunch order and snacks for recess time
  2. Water-bottle
  3. No toys that might distract them or others around them. There will be plenty of games at the camp
  4. Books are ok as long as they’re only taken out during lunch hour.
  5. Sunscreen. If epipen or other medication is needed, please let our staff know upon arrival.


Sheets to sign

  1. Summer Camp Waiver.
  2. There will be a sign-in and sign-out sheet. If absent, please let us know in advance.


Normal drop-off is between EST 8:50 and 9 AM and normal pick-up is between EST 4:00 and 4:10 PM.

Before and after care will be provided from EST 8-9 AM and 4-5 PM, for $24 cash. Any drop close to 8:30 or pick up close to 4:30 will be $12 to respect our teachers’ time.

 Please let us know

  1. If your child has any medical conditions which might come up during camp-time. Likewise, any tendencies or behaviours we should know about, so teachers know what to expect. Strict confidentiality is guaranteed.
  2. If a different guardian will be picking up your child after camp.
  3. If your child needs to come late or leave early, so we will keep that in mind when planning activities
  4. If your child has a problem with any of the camp activities, so we can try to accommodate.

We encourage every camper to participate as much as possible in the activities we have planned, while giving full respect to their teachers and following directions. Our goal is to ensure growth and learning through play and stories, for which we promise to be energetic and entertaining. We can’t wait to work with your children, and see them grow into mature critical thinkers, debaters, problem-solvers, prudent money-managers and terrific chess players!


~Mr. Mike and Master Chess Team


EST 9AM-4PM,Monday to Friday


  • In Person camp
  • Location South:2 East Beaver Creek Road Building #4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N3
  • Location North:11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2


Whole day in-person camp:(Lunch not included)
○ Full price: $539/week (From May 1st, 2023); 4-5 weeks in one order, 469 per week; 6 weeks or more in one order, then 439 per week
Early Bird Price: $479/week (Before May 1st, 2023); 4-5 weeks in one order, 399 per week; 6 weeks or more in one order, then 379 per week

Online Camp:

Mr. Mark Online Intensive Camp: July 10 – 14th, Monday to Friday
EST 10:00-15:00 (12:00-13:00 Lunch Break)
Early Bird Price: 479 plus HST (before June 1st, 2023)
Full Bird Price: 539 plus HST (after June 1st, 2023)

Course Title: Mastering Chess Strategies: A 1-Week Online Summer Camp for CYCC Preparation:
Course Description:
Join us for an intensive and engaging 1-week online summer camp designed exclusively for preparing for CYCC . This camp aims to provide advanced training in chess strategies, opening theory, middlegame tactics, and endgame mastery. Participants will receive personalized coaching from Mark Plotkin and have the opportunity to compete against their peers in friendly online tournaments. Prepare to enhance your chess skills, deepen your understanding of the game, and sharpen your competitive edge in a fun and supportive virtual environment.
Course Objectives:
Develop a deep understanding of fundamental chess strategies and concepts.
Strengthen opening repertoire and improve opening preparation.
Enhance tactical skills and calculation abilities in the middlegame.
Master endgame principles and techniques for a decisive advantage.
Learn psychological aspects of chess, including decision-making under pressure.
Gain experience and confidence through participation in online tournaments.
Course Outline:
Day 1: Fundamental Chess Strategies
Exploring positional play and piece coordination
Analyzing exemplary games from chess masters
Solving strategic puzzles and exercises
Day 2: Opening Mastery
Understanding opening principles and avoiding common opening traps
Building a solid opening repertoire for different player styles
Analyzing classical opening variations and their strategic ideas
Investigating modern opening theory and recent trends
Practicing opening preparation and simulations
Day 3: Tactical Brilliance in the Middlegame
Recognizing tactical patterns and combinations
Studying middlegame strategy and piece activity
Analyzing tactical masterpieces by the best chess players
Creating winning plans
Day 4: Endgame Domination
Exploring essential endgame principles and fundamental checkmating techniques
Studying endgame strategies and pawn structures
Analyzing practical endgame scenarios and decision-making
Understanding key endgame concepts such as opposition and zugzwang
Practicing endgame positions and solving endgame puzzles

Day 5: Tournament Practice and Recap
Recapitulating the key concepts and strategies learned during the camp
Providing additional resources for further chess improvement
Friendly online tournaments among camp participants
Reviewing tournament games and providing personalized feedback
Analyzing critical moments and identifying improvement areas

Refund Policy

  • If you would like to withdraw from camp, please submit written notice to no later than June 1st, 2023 to be eligible for a refund (less a 10% administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received after June 1st, 2023 for Summer Camp.

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2 East Beaver Creek Road Building #4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N3Week 1: Jul 3 - Jul 7$539.00
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2Week 1: Jul 3 - Jul 7$539.00
2 East Beaver Creek Road Building #4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N3Week 2: Jul 10 - Jul 14$539.00
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2Week 2: Jul 10 - Jul 14$539.00
2 East Beaver Creek Road Building #4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N3Week 3: Jul 17 - Jul 21$539.00
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2Week 3: Jul 17 - Jul 21$539.00
2 East Beaver Creek Road Building #4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N3Week 4: Jul 24 - Jul 28$539.00
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2Week 4: Jul 24 - Jul 28$539.00
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2Week 5: Jul 31 - Aug 4$539.00
11181 Yonge St. Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2Week 6: Aug 14 - Aug 18$539.00
OnlineWeek 2: Jul 10 - Jul 14, EST 10:00-15:00 (12:00-13:00 Lunch Break)$539.00