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Chess Workbook

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  Denver Chess Camps


303-770-6696 (wk)


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22st Annual




June 2016

Denver, Colorado


July 2016

Denver, Colorado

General Information

Coed, All ability levels, Open to ages 6-18

Participants will be divided into similar ability groups (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and age groups for sessions focusing on all aspects of the game including scorekeeping and chess etiquette. Students will compete in mini tournaments for trophies and as well as play in a simultaneous exhibition against an instructor. 

Camp instructors are excellent chess teachers, strong USCF rated players and are personally trained in the curriculum by Todd Bardwick. Student to Staff ratio averages 8:1 or better. Great care is taken to place students into correct age and ability groupings before the camp begins in order to custom design the camp curriculum to maximize the chess learning experience for all students. 

All participants will receive a copy of Teaching Chess in the 21st Century, Chess Workbook for Children, or Chess Strategy Workbook, T-shirt, certificate, full-size regulation chess board and set, and other participation  and merit awards.

Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, beverages, and clock (for rated group only). Food will not be provided.  Lunch break is 12-1 each day.

Both camps will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Please pick up your children at 4:00 p.m.


June  2016   Denver Chess Camp

 Dates for summer 2016 coming out later.


July  2016    Denver Chess Camp

 Dates for summer 2016 coming out later.


For camp application, questions about the camps, or to be included on the mailing list, call Todd Bardwick at (303) 770-6696 (wk)



Camp History: 

Founded in 1995, the Rocky Mountain Chess Camp is one of the countries oldest, largest, and most successful children's chess camps in the country. National Chess Master Todd Bardwick, nationally recognized and full-time chess instructor from Denver, organizes and runs the camp. 

Drawing from his extensive chess teaching experience, Todd spends hours preparing with great care the specific curriculum for each group in the camp and then spends time individually with each instructor, going over with them hour by hour, what they will be teaching and what their responsibilities are. The instructors are top notch chess teachers and players (many are school teachers by trade) from the Denver area, with same commitment to giving their very best to the student's throughout the entire camp. For the 2015 Rocky Mountain Chess Camps, the camp staff had a combined total of 274 years of chess tournament experience to impart to the students! 

The instructors rotate from group to group to hold the student's interest so that the children get the maximum chess experience as they get to experience different personalities and approaches to the game. 

The Chess Academy of Denver offers classes throughout the year to provide excellent follow-up to the children's chess and educational learning needs.

Every year at the end of the camp, many impressed parents mention that the Rocky Mountain Chess Camp was the most organized camp of any kind that their children have ever attended. Young chess players from all over the country have attend the camps.

Great care is taken to place students into correct age and ability groupings before the camp begins in order to custom design the camp curriculum to maximize the chess learning experience for all students. A high percentage of campers return year after year to Rocky Mountain Chess Camps because of overall fun and educational learning experience it offers.

Most importantly, the Rocky Mountain Chess Camps has one of the best Student to Staff ratios (8-1  or better) of any chess camp in the nation - meeting the individual needs of the students to the maximum degree.

                                                   ENROLL SOON…..SPACE IS LIMITED!!

Camp is organized and directed by


  • National Chess Master
  • 5-time Denver Chess Champion
  • Rocky Mountain News Chess Columnist
  • Chess Life for Kids magazine Columnist 
  • Author of Teaching Chess in the 21st Century
  • Author of Chess Workbook for Children
  • Author of Chess Strategy Workbook
  • Published chess opening theorist
  • Coached numerous nationally ranked students
  • Full-time Denver area professional chess instructor for well over two decades

All instructors are hand selected, experienced,  and accomplished chess teachers.




Denver Chess Academy 

For 2-day chess camps taught personally by Todd Bardwick, click here.

For private chess lesson information in the Denver area and qualities to look for in a chess teacher, click here.




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