Edutainment | Chess Academy
Chess makes you smart

Workshop for Kids and Teens

with Dijana & Peter Dengler
with Hugo Siegmeth, Jonas Dengler, Peter Gandenberger

Chess is a good way to have fun while developing important skills that are of key relevance in our modern world. It takes good concentration skills to cope with the overstimulation and vast diversity of information we encounter on a daily basis. In addition to strategic thinking and planning, chess systematically promotes imagination and combinatorial analysis. 

Course I
This beginner’s course lays the foundation for all further chess skills development. It starts with a look at the fascinating origins of chess. Later we get to know the powers and importance of the individual figures in detail. Fundamental thinking strategies are explained and tried out in connection with some easy chess exercises. Even here, we already encounter important ideas as ‘zugzwang’ or double attack in a simple form. Overall, this course provides a complete introduction to the rules, and towards the end, basic opening moves.

Course II
Beyond the specific content, this course provides a guideline for thinking in a “chess” way, which can be a good signpost during the initially bewildering multifariousness of the game. Asking ourselves a series of standard questions makes it easier to find good solutions. The focus is firmly on chess tactics; all the basic motifs are treated, from capture to blocking and unblocking to typical checking motifs. Towards the end of the course we return to matters of the opening and the endgame, where tactical and strategic ideas go hand in hand. Participation in this course requires a sound knowledge of the rules of chess and some basic concepts.

Course III
Given sufficient demand we also offer an advanced program for seasoned players. The coaches will assess the skill level on site. Focuses of this course include chess strategy, an initial repertoire of openings, and playing practice under tutelage.

Your children's coaches

Dijana Dengler plays on Germany’s national chess team and co-founded the Munich Chess Academy. She has participated in twelve chess Olympiads and served as Chairman of the Board of the Munich Chess Foundation for ten years. She holds a degree in business administration and, together with Grandmaster Stefan Kindermann and Prof. Robert Freiherr von Weizsäcker, developed the model “Der Königsplan.” This “Plan of Kings” makes it possible to use the approaches developed over centuries of top-level chess in your professional and private life. For some years now, they have been extending the “Plan of Kings” by another spectrum: The focus of the “Plan of Kings for Children” is to learn thinking strategies that can be applied in all areas of life, and to acquire cognitive core competencies such as the ability to concentrate, analytical thinking, and social-emotional skills such as intuition and fairness. Ms. Dengler has worked at the Overseas Family School in Singapore since the beginning of 2018. The school follows a unique approach that features chess as a compulsory subject. Dijana Dengler teaches students from elementary through high school.

Peter Dengler holds a degree in computer science and has been working for a financial market information service provider, relocating to Singapore in mid-2017. His greatest chess successes include 2nd place in Munich's open international chess tournament in 1989, and the title of Munich Lightning Chess Champion in 2002. In 2008, he organized the press conferences of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden together with former world champion Susan Polgar. For 25 years he coached children and teens at his local chess club; its youth team became Bavarian Champion in 1991.


15 – 19 April 2019 with Dijana & Peter Dengler
22 – 26 April 2019 with Hugo Siegmeth, Jonas Dengler, Peter Gandenberger
22 – 26 July 2019 with Dijana & Peter Dengler
28 October – 1 November 2019 with Hugo Siegmeth, Jonas Dengler, Peter Gandenberger

10:00 – 1:00 pm
ages 6 and up

Please register your children for the Edutainment events when you book your room or by sending an email to our Hospitality Desk

The workshops take place with at least 5 participants.

Please note that you must register your child with the Hospitality Desk one last time and in person, and give Schloss Elmau written permission to look after your child, before the start of the program. For the first unit of the program, the child must be personally handed over to the Kids caregivers by a parent or guardian.