Summary: Chess retreat designed and taught by National Master Ian Harris for adult and young adult chess players that want to learn how to improve at chess with other like-minded aficionados of the game.  Join us at the modern Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk, CT, where you will learn skills you can take home with you, including how to create a study plan, minimize common calculation mistakes, and improve your time management.  We will also discuss how the Masters think as we analyze selected games together.  See detailed schedule below.

This event is open to adults of all levels and young adults aged 13+  rated at least 1000 USCF.

Maximum 16 Total Participants

$350 early bird rate by 12/15/21 (includes 3 meals).  $400 if space remains after 12/15/21.  



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Hotel Zero Degrees

353 Main Ave

Norwalk, CT 06851

Hotel Rate: King $109/Double $119.  (203) 750-9800
Ask for the "RedBandit Chess" room block when reserving. 

Rate expires 12/31.









Meals: Please note that the hotel does not provide breakfast, however, there are a plethora of alternatives within walking distance or a short drive of the hotel.  Lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as lunch on Sunday will be provided for all participants.  Alcoholic beverages are not included, but are available for individual purchase at the bar.

COVID Safety Protocols:

  1. All participants must show proof of vaccination.  

  2. Masks are currently optional; however, that can change depending on requirements of the City of Norwalk.  

  3. Registration is limited to 16 total participants. 

  4. Sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be available.  

Cancellations: Full refunds will be granted up to two weeks prior to the event.  50% refunds granted until the start of the event.  

Contact: Ian Harris at or (203) 941-1697

Additional Information


Winter Retreat
January 29th - 30th
Norwalk, Connecticut

Red Bandit Chess