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Summer Camp Recap: Chess Strategy

Chess, chess, and more chess! This week at South Jersey Innovation Center (SJIC), the campers delved into the world of Chess Strategy. 

The camp’s curriculum kicked off with lessons, each tailored to a specific chess strategy. To ensure that the campers were not learning overly advanced or rudimentary skills, they were split up into skill-level cohorts. Guiding the beginner group, Camp Instructor Ben Lauer taught skills like how to ladder mate and simple king and pawn end games. Meanwhile, Camp Instructor FIDE Master Dov Gorman taught the advanced cohort skills like how to mate with two bishops and what zugzwang is. Following the lesson, the campers practiced everything they had learned.

Beyond the lessons and skill-refining practice sessions, campers could also play in USCF rated games, solve chess puzzles, and play bughouse. With this being the last week of summer camp, SJIC is sad to see the campers go, but excited to start out fall classes, and see many of them again. Thank you to all the campers who made this summer at SJIC memorable, as well as all of the staff who helped make it all possible!

A leading center for STEAM instruction (including chess, coding, robotics and math), SJIC offers a variety of innovative STEAM programs for kids looking for fun and growth. Register here for SJIC’s fall classes.