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Chess.com Registration Instructions

All C&O students should register on Chess.com to access additional instruction, and regular practice with other students and staff.

 

 ESSENTIAL CHESS CURRICULUM SUMMARIES (Students should all have these print-outs.)

Chess Notation

Opening Basics

The 10 Bad Moves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
C&O Family Chess Center
Omar Pancoast III, Director
Certified USCF Chess Coach
Carolyn Pancoast, Program Director
217 West Diamond Avenue

Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2106
CBPancoast@gmail.com
OPancoast3@gmail.com

 (Updated July 20, 2017)

2017 Summer Programs 

 


"Big Chess" on the chess center porch                                                     Morning Program, August, 2005     C&O-FCC


A "motley crew," Week 8 Campers                                                            Morning Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

 

2017 Summer Programs 

 
Week 1: June 19 - 23 at C&O Family Chess Center
DONE
 
   
Week 2: June 26 - 30 at C&O Family Chess Center
DONE

July 03 - 07, VACATION - NO CAMP 

Private lessons may be scheduled this week: see Instruction
DONE
 
Week 3: July 10 - 14 at C&O Family Chess Center
DONE

Week 4: July 17 - 21 at C&O Family Chess Center
DONE

July 24 - 28, BEACH WEEK - NO CAMP
Private lessons may be scheduled this week: see Instruction
((Call for possible discount rate)

Week 5: July 31 - Aug. 04 -NO CAMP
Private lessons may be scheduled this week: see Instruction
((Call for possible discount rate)

 
Week 6: Aug. 07 - 11 at C&O Family Chess Center


 
Week 7: Aug. 14 - 18 at C&O Family Chess Center


 
Week 8: Aug. 21 - 25 at C&O Family Chess Center

 Week 9: Aug. 28 - Sep. 01 at C&O Family Chess Center

ENROLLMENT: Registration limited to 16 full day students (Gr. K-10)

SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORMS *

or phone: 301-963-9122 for more information

(*After May 1st, please call to confirm openings before sending registration forms.) 

These programs are organized and directed by well known area chess coach, Omar Pancoast, assisted by his son, Coach Ross Pancoast, and other staff.  Chess activities will include individual and group instruction for beginning & intermediate players, problems & puzzles, "bughouse," competition against online players, and more. 

Four Regular Program Sections Each Week:

               A)     Chess & Activities (PM-fills first)             9 AM - 4 PM                    

              B)  * Pro-Chess (full day chess)                          9 AM - 4 PM            

              C)     Half-day Mornings (chess only)                9 AM - 12 PM

              D)  * Half-day Afternoons (adv. chess only)      1 PM - 4 PM

              CITs) * Special section for Coaches In Training   9 AM - 4 PM      
                    * Instructor approval required

FULL DAY SECTIONS (2): 

        A) "Chess & Activities" - Afternoon activities may include board & strategy games, outdoor play in our spacious back-yard playground, trips to local parks and playgrounds, and other activities.  Suitable for all ages. limited to 12 students.  Register early - this section fills first!

        * B) "Pro-Chess" - Afternoon activities may include advanced chess instruction, master instruction and game analysis, Club-rated Tournaments, advanced chess problems & puzzles, etc. Recommended for 6th Grade & up or students with an above average interest in improving and competing. NO NEW BEGINNERS! Limited enrollment (6). INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED (Call for information).

 

          * (CIT/SSL)  Special section for Coaches In Training and volunteers.  Limited openings for students in 6th grade and up with chess ratings of Level 6 (600 USCF) and up.  Student 'full-volunteers' attend free and earn SSL hours during the morning session, where they work with beginner and intermediate level students.  Students supply SSL forms for the morning sessions, and may be considered for SSL positions in our Saturday Morning Chess Club at Lakeforest Mall, as well. CITs learn and follow our C&O curriculum guides and may also work with our Chess.com players after regular classes. After a lunch break (12 - 1 PM), CITs are registered in the advanced session (1-4 PM) for coaching and practice with Coach Omar and other advanced staff and 'master' video lecturers.  CIT tuition (for the afternoon session) is $150. 

 

HALF-DAY SECTIONS (2):

        C) Morning Chess (9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon) Beginner & Intermediate instructional program (see above). Recommended for younger students. Limited enrollment.

        * D) Afternoon Chess (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Advanced Beginner & Intermediate instructional program suitable for those with a greater-than-average interest in improving their chess.  Recommended for 6th Grade & up and/or students with an above average interest in improving and competing. NO NEW BEGINNERS! CIT/SSL students will be registered here. Limited enrollment (6). INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED (Call for information).

    All students will receive chess study materials, a club-rating, and a free  membership in the Chess.com on-line program. In addition, students may purchase regulation sized tournament chess sets, books, clocks and other chess equipment at discounted prices. 

 

 ENROLLMENT:  Registration limited to 16 full day students/week.

 TUITION:

                    Full-Day Sections: $275  

                                   $225/week additional weeks   

 

                   Half-Day Sections: $175  

                                    $145/week additional weeks

 

                    Before-Care Daily : $15.00 8-9 AM

                    After-Care Daily:   $20.00 4-5 PM      $30.00 4-6 PM

 

SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORMS *

or phone: 301-963-9122 for more information

(*After June 1st, please call to confirm openings before sending registration forms.) 

All sessions take place at the C&O Family Chess Center
217 W. Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD  20877

REGISTRATION: Normal registration may be made using the forms linked above. 

If you can't access forms, you may request them from us by E-mail or phone:

C&O Family Chess Center
217 West Diamond Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2106

E-mail: OPancoast3@gmail.com

Phone: 301-963-9122

Full payment due with registration unless other arrangements are made.

 

 

           Some Past Summer Program Pictures & References 

   


Swimming Hole Swing at Seneca Creek, Week 7                            Full Day Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC 

"My daughter... in a year long chess program with coach Omar... loved it.  ...I was impressed with [his] teaching skills
and knowledge.  His methods are well suited to children of all ages. ...Our daughter is excited to continue with coach
Omar again..."                                                                                     -- Mr. & Mrs. M. Munter, Bethesda, MD 




"On the C&O Canal," Week 8                                            Full Day Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

"Our son... has absolutely loved your scholastic and camp programs and looks forward to them - chess has become an
important hobby and interest of his... a passion... Great work by you all!"     -- Mr. & Mrs. P. Koenig, Poolesville, MD




"Opening the Lock," C&O Canal, Week 8                                                              Full Day Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

"My daughter... has been going to their chess classes... for 4 years [and also] to Spring Break and Summer sessions.
...This is one thing that she never needs to be pushed to.  She has made great progress [and] is a decent chess player now. ...They are skillful and professional."                                                    -- Mrs. J. Sun, Germantown, MD

 "My son... really enjoyed the programs... and also the Black Knights tournaments...  [He] started with a minimum
experience and within 3 years he was able to compete at the national and international level.  We as parents... really
enjoyed every moment to be involved with the chess center... I would definitely recommend... the C&O Chess Center
as a great option to play and learn chess."                                               -- Dr. N. Shankar, MD, Germantown, MD 

        
 Chess in Seneca Creek State Park                                                                             Full Day Program, July, 2003     C&O-FCC

"My daughter,... 7, has not attended any of the camps.  However, she has been enrolled in the Saturday Morning Chess
Club at Lakeforest Mall for almost a year now. I must say that [she] very much enjoys going there... She has improved
her chess skills over the year and I hope she will do the same in the Fall again.  She benefits from the environment the
club provides... plays games with other kids and with my help goes over the analysis [provided].  [Coach Omar] has been
able to give her several one-on-one lessons which are very useful in understanding subtleties of the game.  ...To conclude,
the chess club... has been a very conducive atmosphere for my daughter to learn chess." -- Mr. R. Tumkur, Rockville, MD

 



Tubing on Seneca Creek                                                                                                Full Day Program, June, 2006     C&O-FCC

 



At Cunningham Falls                                                                                                        Full Day Program, June, 2006     C&O-FCC



           

                 "At the Top," Sugarloaf Mountain                                                            Full Day Program, August, 2005     C&O-FCC




A "motley crew," Week 8 Campers                                                            Morning Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

 

2018 Spring Break at the Chess Center 

 

Dates TBA, 2018 at the C&O Family Chess Center

Not Ready Yet!


FULL DAY SECTIONS (2): 

        A) "Chess & Activities" - Afternoon activities may include board & strategy games, outdoor play in our spacious back-yard playground, trips to local parks and playgrounds, and other activities.  Suitable for all ages. limited to 12 students.  Register early - this section fills first!

        * B) "Pro-Chess" - Afternoon activities may include advanced chess instruction, master game analysis, Club-rated online play, advanced chess problems & puzzles, etc. Recommended for 6th Grade & up or students with an 'above average' interest in improving and competing. NO NEW BEGINNERS! Limited enrollment, 6 students. Instructor approval required.

 

         * (CIT/SSL)  Special section for Coaches In Training and volunteers.  Limited openings for students in 6th grade and up with chess ratings of Level 6 (600 USCF) and up.  Student 'full-volunteers' attend free and earn SSL hours during the morning session, where they work with beginner and intermediate level students.  Students supply SSL forms for the morning sessions, and may be considered for SSL positions in our Saturday Morning Chess Club at Lakeforest Mall, as well. CITs learn and follow our C&O curriculum guides and may also work with our Chess.com players after regular classes. After a lunch break (12 - 1 PM), CITs are registered in the advanced session (1-4 PM) for coaching and practice with Coach Omar and other advanced staff and 'master' video lecturers.  CIT tuition (for the afternoon session) is $150. 

 

HALF-DAY SECTIONS (2):

        C) Morning Chess (9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon) Beginner & Intermediate instructional program (see above). Recommended for younger students. Limited enrollment (12).

    * D) Afternoon Chess (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Advanced Beginner & Intermediate instructional program suitable for those with a greater-than-average interest in improving their chess.  Recommended for 6th Grade & up and/or students with an above average interest in improving and competing. NO NEW BEGINNERS!   CITs will be registered here. SSL full-volunteers may attend for free if there is room.

* Limited enrollment, 6 students.  Instructor approval required.

    All students will receive chess study materials, a club-rating, and a free  membership in the Chess.com on-line program. In addition, students may purchase regulation sized tournament chess sets, books, clocks and other chess equipment at discounted prices. 

 

 ENROLLMENT:  Total registration limited to 16 full day students/week (Gr. 1-10)

 TUITION:

                   Full-Day Sections: $250

 

                   Half-Day Sections (including CIT/SSL): $150  

 

                   Before Care $15.00 8-9 AM
                   After-Care:  $20.00 4-5 PM      $30.00 4-6 PM

 

SPRING PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORMS *

After March 1st,  call the Center to confirm space availability!