Kilkenny Kids Easter Chess Camp

Kilkenny Kids Easter Chess Camp

Camps include In-Depth Coaching for Beginners and Intermediate Players, Fun Daily Tournaments and six hours free from mobile phones guaranteed! Sign up and your child gets a FREE Subscription from March 25th until April 25th to the Chess Bud Coaching Portal which includes Weekly Online Tournaments, Puzzles, Quizzes & Annotated Games Databases!


About this Camp:
The Kilkenny Chess Camp for kids aged 7-16 years (up to and including TY) is a 2-day summer camp that involves expert chess coaching by IM Mark Quinn of Kilkenny Chess Club. There will be introductions to exciting attacking openings and the analysis of students’ games. Each day is rounded off with a fun daily tournament with prizes.This camp is open to kids who already know the basic rules of the game and aims to help Experienced Beginners and Intermediate Strength Players to get their game to the next level. As a bonus, every child that enrolls in a Chess Bud Kilkenny Kids Easter Camp will receive an account in Mark’s online coaching portal from the 25th March to the 25th April:

i) Participate in the Weekly Chess Bud Thursday Night Tournament.
ii) Work on your endgame using the Playable Annotated Endings Database.
iii) Discover exciting new opening ideas in the Playable Annotated Games Database.
iv) Solve puzzles and complete assignments.
v) Play friendly challenge games with your friends in the Game Area anytime!

Camp Details:
Venue: Presentation Primary, Kilkenny.
Camp Duration: 2 days
Camp Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm daily
Camp Dates: Mon 25th – Tues 26th March 2024 (Option of 3rd day if there is sufficient interest)
Daily Camp Fees: €35 per student per day.
Daily Sibling rates: €60 per 2 siblings/ €90 per 3 siblings

ENROL NOW! Kilkenny Easter Chess Camp for Kids!
To book this camp for your son or daughter just fill out the Kilkenny Kids Easter Chess Camp Form and select the days using the dropdown menu! Kids can enrol for one day or two days. Your child’s place will be secured once the fee payment is made. Links to payment 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-served basis. Let’s Play Chess!

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Terms and Conditions:
– Maximum 60 kids per day.
– This camp is for kids aged 7-16 years i.e. up to and including TY students
– This camp will run with a minimum of 20 students. Should that quota not be reached all monies will be reimbursed asap.

The Coach:
IM Mark Quinn is a highly experienced garda-vetted chess coach who has represented Ireland at multiple Chess Olympiads. Mark received his International Master Title at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2000. He is former Irish #1 and is currently ranked Irish #5 on the FIDE International Rating List.

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.

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 must be placed in a designated safe-box on arrival. Phones will be returned at the end of the day. There is a wide age-range at Chess Bud Camps so this measure is designed to prevent any children from inadvertently showing age-inappropriate content to other children. Mark’s phone is always turned on so if a parent needs to contact their child urgently, they can message or ring him.
vi) Some photographs and short videos may be taken at camp for promotional videos.

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:

Many thanks for supporting this camp.

Let’s Play Chess!
IM Mark Quinn