What an incredible year it has been. At the beginning of 2019, we were solely A Tale Of Two Kings. We were occasionally running tournaments and helping others with their camps and classes. We started having our Tuesday Night Tournaments in the food court area of the Foothills Mall. While the group was fairly small, we had a good variety of player ability as well as variety in age. We had players rated from the 300's up to the 2400's. What is truly awesome about the group of players we had is that they showed great sportsmanship and the winners were often willing to review the games so the defeated person could learn from them.
Over the year, I (owner, Molly Coy), had the opportunity to be a tournament director at the High School Chess Nationals (which Coach Matthew played in). I also had the opportunity to direct in the K-1 section of the Arizona State Chess Championship and the Walter Browne Memorial Blitz at the Vegas International Chess Festival. We also traveled to and participated in the World Open. We also assisted with the Western Alliance Camp run by Arizona Chess for Schools. We have partnered with them on various other camps as well. We have also started offering private lessons taught by Coach Matthew.
When October came about, we found the opportunity to rent a location of our own and Coy's Camps and Classes was born. The purpose was to host events for A Tale Of Two Kings as well as bring further STEM and 21st Century skill learning opportunities to kids. While Chess is a huge focus, our true focus is on the many life skills that will benefit kids in school and in life. To this end, we are proud to offer our first STEM Camp, "Unleash Your Wild Side" on January 2nd and 3rd and again on February 20th and 21st (Rodeo Break). This camp is geared towards grades 1-3. We still have a couple slots if interested.
Plans for 2020 include offering chess classes, a children's entrepreneurship club/class, Spring Break Chess Camp, more tournaments (including fun variations), and a few other surprises.