Edutainment | Chess Academy
Chess makes you smart

Workshop for Kids and Teens

with Dijana and Peter Dengler and Luka Komljenović

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
is a national player for Germany, co-founder of the Munich Chess Academy, and head coach of our Chess Academy. She has participated in twelve Chess Olympiads and chairs the Munich Chess Foundation. She holds an MBA and co-developed the “Königsplan” (Plan of Kings) model with Grandmaster Stefan Kindermann and Prof. Robert Freiherr von Weizsäcker. The “Plan of Kings” makes it possible to use the approaches developed over centuries of champion-level chess in one’s work and personal life.

For several years now, the “Plan of Kings” has been expanded to include another spectrum: the “Plan of Kings for Children” centers on learning thinking strategies that can be applied in all areas of life, and acquiring key cognitive skills including concentration, analytical thinking, and social-emotional skills such as intuition and fairness.

Peter Dengler has a degree in computer science and works for a provider of finance market information. His greatest chess achievements include second place in the open International Chess Tournament in Munich in 1989, and being named the Munich Blitz Chess Champion in 2002.

In 2008 he and former world champion Susan Polgar jointly organized the press conferences of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden. For 25 years, he has coached children and teens in his hometown chess club, whose youth team became the Bavarian champion in 1991.

Luka Komljenović is a sinologist by training and managing partner of a translation services provider. He played on Germany’s national chess team for several years, having trained with Grand Master Lev Gutman, who seconded Victor Korchnoi in his World Chess Championship matches from 1978 to 1981. Luka Komljenović loves working with children and helping them to develop their analytical skills and powers of thinking.


March 26 – 30, 2018
10:00 – 1:00 pm

April 02 – 06, 2018
10:00 – 1:00 pm

July 16 – 20, 2018
10:00 – 1:00 pm

July 23 – 27, 2018
10:00 – 1:00 pm

October 29 – November 02, 2018
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 Sports & Kids Concierge

The workshops take place with at least 5 participants.