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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.

**Please note that the dates for this event have changed.  It will now take place March 12-13th.  It was previously scheduled for January 29-30th**

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

Maximum 10 Total Participants

Entry Fee: $400  (includes 3 meals)

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Hotel Zero Degrees

353 Main Ave

Norwalk, CT 06851

Hotel Rate: King $109/Double $119.  (203) 750-9800

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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. Masks will be optional (per City of Norwalk).  

  2. Participants need to be fully vaccinated, which includes a booster shot if you are eligible.  

  3. Registration is now limited to 10 (down from 16) participants to ensure that we can spread out as much as possible.  

  4. Sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be available.  

  5. Arrangements are being made for the Saturday dinner to be held inside our meeting room to limit exposure to individuals outside of our meeting group.  

  6. All participants are asked to take a rapid test on the morning of arrival or a PCR test with a negative result received within two days prior to arrival.   

Cancellations: Full refunds will be granted at anytime prior to the start of the event for both anyone that is sick or uncomfortable with participating.  

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

Additional Information


Winter Retreat
March 12-13th
Norwalk, Connecticut

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