Clondalkin Summer Chess Camp for Kids
To register your child for this camp simply fill out this form. Your child's place will be secured once the fee payment is made. Links to payments methods are on this web page and payment methods include EFT, Revolut and PayPal. There is a max of 60 places in this camp and places are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Let's Play Chess!
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Kilkenny Easter Chess Camp for Kids Tues 11th - Thurs 13th April 2023

With IM Mark Quinn (Chess Bud Ireland)
& WCM Úna O’Boyle (


Camp Duration: 3 days
Camp Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm daily
Camp Dates: Tues 11th – Thurs 13th April 2023
Venue: First Floor, O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club, Hebron Road, Kilkenny City
Daily Camp Fees: €30/€50/€70 per 1/2/3 siblings
Maximum 60 kids per day –
This camp is for kids aged  7-15 years (up to third year in secondary school)



The Coaches

Úna and Mark are highly experienced garda-vetted chess coaches who have represented Ireland at multiple Chess Olympiads.  Mark received his International Master Title at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2000.  Una achieved the Women’s Candidate Master Title following her strong performance at the Dresden Chess Olympiad in 2008 and is author of the first chess book to be written as gaeilge.  Click on the following links to find out more about Mark and Una and Ficheall.


Who is this Camp For?

The Kilkenny Camp for kids aged 7-15 years is open to Complete Beginners who are taking their first steps in chess or have only learnt the game recently, as well as Experienced Beginners and Intermediate Strength Players up to 1200 Elo.   On arrival at the Camp, players will be split into two groups who will work with Una and Mark separately.  The aim is to bring relative or complete beginners up to the level of experienced beginners and also to help experienced beginners and intermediate players to bring their game to the next level.  All the kids compete in the same competition at the end of each day and there are prizes for the winners and the most improved players, so everyone has a chance to win on the day.


Daily Schedule:

9.30am-10am (drop off and friendly games/ chance to solve fantastic chess puzzles on the big board)

10-10.45am: Lesson followed by kids playing out middlegame and/or endgame positions against each other)

10.45-11am: Break

11.00 – 11.50am: Lesson involving explanation of a specific opening variation followed by practice games in that variation.

11.50am – 12.00pm: Mini-Break

12.00pm – 12.30pm Analysis of student games from the earlier sessions  using demo board

12.30-13.00pm – Round 1 of the daily tournament + game analysis

13.00-14.00pm: Lunch & outdoor activities, i.e. football weather permitting.

14.00-14.30 pm: Round 2 of the daily tournament + game analysis

14.30- 15.00pm: Round 3 of the daily tournament analysis plus game analysis

15.00-15.30pm: Prizegiving followed by friendly Games and collection


Camp Rules:

i) An early drop off  9.30am is possible at no extra charge – students will play friendly games or solve puzzles under supervision.

ii) Please provide your child with a packed lunch and juices or bottles of water.

iii) Please do not include fizzy drinks, chewing gum, popcorn, nut or nut-containing products,

iv) Weather-permitting, there will be outdoor activities such as football at lunchtime so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing and footwear.

v) Kids are allowed to bring mobile phones to the camp but they should only be turned on during designated breaks.

vi) Some photographs and short videos may be taken at camp for promotional videos.

Please arrange full payment in advance via the three means below.


You can choose one of the following payment options to secure your child’s place on this camp:

1) Revolut to:
+353-85-1526889 or by using this link –

2) Paypal to: or through searching my username: @chessbud

3) EFT to Chess Bud IBAN: