Sunday, July 18, 2021

Kids Chess Camp & Events at the Rochester Chess Center!



Call 585-442-2430 for Details and to Register - Join The FUN at Chess Camp! 

Click here for a link to the CAMP FLYER!

Camp is available to students age 5-13 years. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are encouraged to attend. Beginners who arrive without any knowledge of the game will become proficient players from their camp experience; advanced players benefit from sharing classes and experience with some of the top scholastic players in the USA.

Because this is our 30th year of offering camps, our counselors are among the most experienced chess teachers found anywhere. We coordinate daily activities and instruction to expand the student's chess skills. Chess is known to teach logic, problem solving, analysis techniques, and will improve study habits. These skills have obvious carry-over benefits to schooling and career. But, the main reason kids come back to our chess camps year after year is because...


Rochester Chess Center is located near Cobbs Hill Park, at 221 Norris Drive. There will be daily outings to the park for seasonal activities (Frisbee, soccer, hiking)... so dress for outdoor action.

We will post the Camp Flyers and Supplementary info here shortly.  In the mean-time, you can call for information or to register by calling the Chess Center at 585-442-2430.

Wednesday August 18th, 2021

A  Dual Chess 

Simultaneous Exhibition

With Community Chess Club Champion David Phelps

 and 2nd place finisher Henry Swing

Hosted by the Community Chess Club of Rochester

Registration: On-site Only @ Rochester Chess Center   221 Norris Drive Rochester NY 14610 585-442-2430   Entry Fee: $7 ($5 for CCCR Members).  Payment MUST accompany registration to reserve seat except for waiting list. Pizza, snacks, & beverages will be provided to participants

5:30-6:15 Pizza, snacks, soft drinks & coffee will be provided    
6:15pm Seating begins for the chess simultaneous exhibition
6:25pm Announcements/Instructions/Q&A
6:30pm Chess simultaneous exhibition begins

We have limited seating capacity for 28 players.  Please register on-site with any of our Tournament Directors at the Chess Center. Your entry fee (cash only) must be collected during registration.  Please arrive no later than 6:15pm on the night of the event (Aug. 18th) so that we may check you into your assigned seat.  Come earlier to enjoy the pizza and beverages that will be provided before the event starts.  All chess players of every skill level are encouraged to participate. Expert Players and above should add their name to the waiting list.  For those of you who are unable to participate in the chess simultaneous on Aug. 18th, you may still register for our regular USCF-rated G/80 d5 tournament during our regular registration period which is from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.

A  Dual Chess Simultaneous Exhibition is an event where two high-ranking Chess players compete against multiple players all at once. It is an exciting show of skill and endurance. When all games are finished, the tournament director will present a tally of the results and present prizes for challengers with wins or draws.


Opponents who achieve a draw will receive a hardcover chess scorebook (up to $12 value).

Opponents who achieve a win will receive a chess video DVD of their choice (up to $20 value). David and Henry will be presented with a base prize ($50) and an incentive prize for one of the following: No losses and no draws (a perfect score!) $100; No more than 9 points lost $50; No more  than 12 points lost $40.

Dual Chess Simultaneous Exhibition Rules:

- David and Henry play with white pieces on all chess boards.

- David and Henry will generally maintain an overall half-way distance between the total in-progress chess games.

- Each opponent will make their move only when either David or Henry approaches the chessboard.

- Each opponent will get one pass to have more time to make a move.

- Each opponent should write down the game moves on a score sheet until only 5 opponents left. When the game finishes, you can ask David and Henry to sign it.

- When 1 to 5 players are remaining, it is at David’s, Henry’s and the TDs discretion how much time the opponent will be given between moves; if the opponent is taking too long, David and Henry will work with the TD to speed up the game moves.

- David and Henry have the right to change his move until the moment he makes his move on the next board.
- No talking and kibitzing (including spectators) is permitted while games are in-progress; cell phones should be turned off or on vibrate to avoid distracting participants.

- The tournament director will assist to ensure all players follow the rules. If necessary, the TD may speed up late-running games with a clock or timer/stopwatch to blitz through the remainder of a game.

Other Key Dates for your Chess Life Calendar:
October Wednesdays: 2021 Community Chess Club Championship

Photos from the Chess Simultaneous 
held on August 18, 2021
Henry Swing congratulates TJ Weaver on TJ's win

David Phelps makes his rounds playing against 23 opponents

Henry Swing makes his rounds playing against 23 opponents

David Phelps congratulates TJ Weaver on TJ's win

Total participants: 23
Total time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Score for the David Phelps/Henry Swing Duo: 14W, 2D, 7L

Wins: TJ Weaver, Mars Dixon, Jason Peppers, Toby Rizzo, Nick Secours, 
Don Stubblebine and Peter Craig
Draws: Chris Mark and Eric Piato

Congratulations to all the players!
The 23 participants included unrated players and a top player rating of 2118.

A photo gallery link will be added soon.