About Chess at the Ranch

Our first priority is to have fun! There will be a lot of interaction, competition and laughing at ourselves. Chess will be used to teach life lessons like helping with concentration, taking risks, improving logic, navigating rules, taking responsibility for actions and solving problems in uncertain environments.

And have we said that chess is ridiculously fun? Our facilitator has connections with professional, state, and nationally-renowned chess players and will invite some of these folks to join us, share their stories, as well as their greatest secret moves at camp when they are available. If you choose to participate in the 3-hour Friday tournaments, you will not only compete and win medals, but will also eat pizza and make new friends!



Camp - Day 1  The history and basics of chess; campers will begin playing the game today!

Camp - Day 2  Learn opening strategies; team and individual practice competition.

Camp - Day 3  Learn game tactics; team and individual practice competition.

Camp - Day 4  Practice opening strategies and game tactics; final camp tournament with prizes!

Friday Tournaments Two tournaments, one for beginners and one for experiences players.  Pizza in the middle and medals awarded at the end!


6 years old and up


$39 for a 1-day, 3-hour tournament

$109 for 4-day, 12-hour camp


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Camp Dates and Registration

Select the dates and Chess Camp & Tournament sessions that work best for your camper. There are morning and afternoon sessions available in June and July. Morning sessions run from 8:30am to 11:30am. Afternoon sessions run from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.


About the Facilitator

Braden Keener


Hi, my name is Braden Keener. I was born in North Dakota and have moved across the United States many times due to my dad being in the military. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, playing chess, as well as painting and hiking.

When I was about 6 years old, I attended a summer camp at the YMCA and experienced my first introduction to chess. I began playing with my dad and learning from my mistakes. In high school, I joined a chess club and ended up winning a trophy for my school.

When I moved to Colorado, I had to start over making new friends, so I joined a chess club at the local Douglas County Library, and I play there every Monday evening with the other club members.