The Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" has led to surging sales of chess sets and renewed interest in the game. Now there's an opportunity for Colorado kids to learn the game from a national master.
Todd Bardwick will teach a one day virtual chess camp through South Suburban Recreation Center on Monday, Dec. 28. Bardwick is a national chess master who won the Denver Open five years in a row from 1992-1996.
Bardwick now teaches full time. He has written several books about chess, and says the game teaches kids multiple skills.
"It teaches sportsmanship, spatial recognition, critical thinking , pattern recognition, concentration," said Bardwick.
During the virtual camp, students will learn how individual chess pieces move, as well as opening moves and strategies. Bardwick teaches a kid-friendly method that relates chess moves to opening presents on Christmas morning.
The camp is December 28th, from 9am to 3:30 pm. It's for kids ages 6-14. The cost is $74 for South Suburban district residents, $80 for non-residents.