Chess Camps

 The webpage is offered to provide an updated list of upcoming chess camp information for current US Chess Affiliates. If you have chess camp information you want posted here please email it to Melinda Matthews and include your US Chess Affiliate #.

29th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: June 5-9, 2023 and July 5-7, 2023 (Denver, Colorado)

29th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: June 5-9, 2023  (Denver) – full and half day options - and July 5-7, 2023  (Denver). All abilities and ages. Participants will be taught scorekeeping, etiquette, tournament preparation, logical thinking and strategic planning for all the phases of the game. Learn from nationally-recognized Denver Chess Master and author of Teaching Chess in the 21st Century, Chess Workbook for Children, Chess Strategy Workbook, Chess Handbook, Chess Tactics and Combinations Workbook, Chess Endgame Workbook, Attacking the Chess King Workbook, and Chess Openings, Todd Bardwick. Call 303.770.6696 or visit for details.

Chess Wizards Summer Camps 2023: June 5-August 25, 2023 (nationwide)



Summer is not too far away, and it's time to start thinking about fun and enriching activities for your children. If you're looking for a summer camp that combines excitement, learning, and socialization, look no further than Chess Wizards!


Chess Wizards has been offering full-day and half-day camps for all ages and skill levels for over a decade, providing an exciting and challenging experience to develop chess skills, boost self-confidence, and have fun.


At Chess Wizards, we understand that excessive screen time is harmful and unproductive. Our summer camps provide a chance for children to break away from this and benefit from engaging activities.


Our summer camps offer more than chess – activities include peer communication, sports, outdoor games, and chess tournaments with prizes to encourage friendly competition and self-confidence. We provide an opportunity for children to make new acquaintances, create lasting memories, and form friendships that will stay with them for a long time.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to give your child a summer they will never forget. Sign up now and give them the chance to learn chess, make new friends, and create lasting memories at Chess Wizards Summer Chess Camps!


Registration is open:

Free Online Summer Chess Camps for 2023: June 12-16, July 17-21, August 7-11 (nationwide)

June 12-16

July 17-21

& August 7-11 

from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.


Chris Torres wants as many young people as possible to enjoy a summer chess camp. For this reason, the popular Fremont based chess coach carefully designed every aspect of the DCM Free Online Summer Chess Camp to make an immediate impact on the game of young chess players. 


The DCM Free Online Summer Chess Camp began the tradition of providing children with an incredible web based summer chess camp experience at no cost during the pandemic to keep scholastic chess players engaged during lockdown. Based on his famous Fremont Summer Chess Camps at Mission San Jose Elementary School, The Daily Chess Musings camp structure was well received and over one thousand young chess players of all skill levels enjoyed the experience. 


For the 2023 Chris Torres will be joined by GM Vinay Bhat, FM James Eade, FM Kevin Pan, popular chess author Lauren Goodkind, and attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo to show campers first hand how top chess players think, train, and succeed. This year’s summer chess camp is designed specifically to make participants of all skill levels engaged by offering multiple camp curriculum paths while utilizing a community building approach which encourages students to form new friendships in their peer groups. In fact, the end of the summer chess camp is just the beginning of each child’s learning journey with the vibrant Daily Chess Musings online chess community. 


The Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp will meet during the weeks of June 12-16, July 17-21, & August 7-11 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time. All children will earn camp points by completing assignments and taking place in camp chess tournaments against other players in their skill level groups. At the end of the week, special prizes will be awarded to the top point earners in each skill level section. Each week will offer unique learning opportunities and any child who completes all three weeks of chess camp will also receive a special diploma to commemorate their achievement. 


There is no charge to register your child for these camps and all skill levels are welcome. For more information and to register please visit:

Mid-South Chess Camp: June 18-24, 2023 (Memphis, Tennessee)

MID-SOUTH CHESS HOLDS ITS 21st ANNUAL CAMP, MEMPHIS, JUNE 18-24, 2023 – ALL AGES AND ALL LEVELS -- "THE PREMIER CHESS CAMP OF THE SOUTH."  Centrally located in Memphis, TN on the beautiful campus of Memphis University School. Our lead instructor GM Joel Benjamin, IM Jake Kleiman, IM-elect Alex Velikanov, NM Nolan Hendrickson with more to be announced. These instructors represent years of extensive, successful chess coaching and are considered among the best in the country.  We feature small groups divided according to age and level of play, each with a counselor.  This is an exciting, intensive, yet fun, chess camp with multiple hours of age and level appropriate instruction, combined with special activities including sports, interactive chess play, and optional evening activities.  Our Instructors rotate throughout the day--- What A Difference This Makes! Camp includes Sunday afternoon opening orientation/reception with the instructors open to all parents and campers, a unique camp designed t-shirt, special camp medal, autographed certificate, group photo, daily souvenir, a simul, an awards/closing ceremony, and concludes with a camp tournament. Come and EXPERIENCE THE TOP QUALITY OF MID-SOUTH CHESS and its 21st Annual Summer Chess Camp. DON'T MISS OUT!!! For more information and to register, visit our website or call us at 901.494.2526.

Castle Chess Camp, June 18-23, 2023 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Castle Chess Camp - June 18-23, 2023 (Atlanta, GA) - annual camp held at Emory University in Atlanta.  Minimum age is 10, minimum rating 1100. Many GM counselors including Daniel Naroditsky, Alex Lenderman, Magesh Panchanathan, and John Fedorowicz.

ICA Scholastic Camp: June 19-August 25 - ten different weeks (Glen Rock and Teaneck, New Jersey)

Join us for the 23rd Annual International Chess Academy (ICA) Scholastic Summer Day Camp, June 19 through August 25 in one of our two campuses, Glen Rock and Teaneck, NJ.  


Our Summer Camp program offers kids ages 6-16 the opportunity to grow intellectually within a safe and fun environment. With a 6:1 ratio of campers to counselors we have a ton of fun learning chess, playing sports and competing for prizes! Campers are assigned a coach and break out into morning lessons where we solve puzzles, analyze games, and discover new ideas about our favorite game. The small groups are divided by level and age so campers can have fun and maximize their learning.


Of course, every coach brings new ideas and challenges. Last summer, many of the experienced campers impressed their friends by memorizing entire grandmaster games. Some were over 100 moves!


We also have fun outside, warming up in the morning with a camp classic dodgeball parody “Circle of Doom”, and returning before lunch to play dodgeball, soccer, or use the playground.


After lunch is the tournament. Campers compete for the weekly prize, and tournament games are often analyzed during the morning lessons.


Sometimes after the tournament campers have a chance to compete against their coaches in a simul exhibition (one coach takes on any and all challengers). On Friday, campers are paired up for the bughouse tournament.


We have a mix of other great options in the afternoon including art, music, and math. And campers compete for prizes all day!


Find out why so many chess players claim that camp is the best place to learn chess!


It's time to secure your child’s spot!

June 19 - 23
June 26 - 30
July 3 - 7
July 10 - 14
July 17 - 21
July 24 - 28
July 31 - August 4
August 7 - 11
August 14 - 18
August 21 - 25


You can register for one week or the entire Ten Weeks of summer camp.


Registration is open and early-bird, sibling and multi-session discounts are available. As in years past, we expect these camp sessions to fill early, so secure your spot now! Choose from 1/2 Day Sessions (9a-3p), Full Day Sessions (9a-5p), Morning Only Sessions (9a-11a), or Afternoon Only Sessions (1p-3p). In addition, early drop-off and late pick is available as an option.


While there is Advanced and Elite Chess Training in our summer programs, all Chess levels from beginner to advanced are encouraged and welcome!


We offer 10% sibling discounts, and additional discount when you sign up for 4+ weeks. Any ICA student who has attended classes or camps for 2 or more years, that would like to attend but needs financial assistance, please contact our Director to discuss additional financial aid options.


For more information:



ICA GM Camp: June 26-July 28 - four different weeks (Glen Rock, New Jersey)

This camp is designed for talented youth with a rating over 1600+. These four weeks are designed to prepare students to take their game to the next level and ready them to compete against the very best.

Students will either register for the overnight camp or for the day camp. All students will participate in activities such as chess training sessions and sports sessions from 9am to 5pm. After the commuter students leave, the overnight students will participate in a 60 minute sports session to refresh the mind. They will then have dinner as a group and go to sleep at 10pm.

Our coach, Grandmaster Alexander Stripunsky, trained several of our top young players, including NM Joshua Colas and Gary Leschinsky.

June 26 - 30
July 10 - 14
July 17 - 21
July 24 - 28

You can register for one week or the entire month.

Registration is open and early-bird, sibling and multi-session discounts are available. As in years past, we expect these camp sessions to fill early. Choose from our Day Camp (9a-5p) or Overnight Camp.

For more information:


Caveman Chess Camp: July 16-21, 2023 (Elmhurst, IL)

Caveman Chess Camp

July 16 – 21, Elmhurst University, Elmhurst, IL – less than 15 minutes from O’Hare airport. Followed by:
July 21-23 US Junior Open, US Senior Open, US Blind, Caveman Medior Open, & Caveman Beginner Open (22nd only)

Caveman Chess Camp is tailored to provide the best chess experience to each camper, from novice through master, youth through adult, by using sections designed for each group – “Camps within a camp.”  Its instructors are recognized as some of the most experienced and finest instructors in the country, not just as strong chess players. 

The camp provides five solid days of chess instruction, including two simuls, and several evening chess and non-chess activities.  Based on the student's needs, the camp provides superb chess instruction along with fun events to keep the campers fresh, or additional masterly instruction for the campers looking for the most intense experience.

We can't summarize all of our essential features here - visit to learn more.

Key Features:

Camp sections tailored to adults and youth students * Opening simul with instructor provides introductions and ensures placement in the "best-fit" class * Daily "championship tournament" game followed by instructor analysis * Three or four classes of chess instruction per day with breaks in addition to meal breaks * Evening events include: sports, blitz chess, bughouse, quick chess * Evening chess lectures by Grandmasters for advanced students * Survivor Simul on Friday morning - described as a unique and fun chess event at any camp * Individual evaluations and feedback for students on Friday along with closing ceremonies * Highly experienced instructional staff considered both top players and top instructors * Experienced campers refer to us as the "chessiest" of the premier chess camps * Elmhurst University campus includes modern teaching facilities


The camp sections include:

Chess Exploration, our core camp for campers of all ages * Intensive Study-Adult Fundamentals for the novice to mid-level adult (only) * Intensive Study-Youth for the experienced Youth player rated 1500 or up to the highest levels * Intensive Study-Adult for the experienced Adult or earnest youth student rated 1700 and up * Intensive Study-Master Class for the earnest student ranked 2000 and up * 2023 instructors include GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Yury Shulman, GM Alex Goldin, GM Aleks Lenderman, GM Nikola Mitkov, GM Irina Krush and more. FM/FT Kevin Bachler. Additional staff will be added as needed.


For more info or to register, see or search on "Caveman Chess" on Facebook

For questions contact

*Final placement in any section or class is up to camp instructional staff.  Campers are placed in classes based on many criteria, including strength, age, gender, general make-up of class, experience of instructor, experience of student(s) and other factors.  The goal is to obtain the best fit to maximize the potential for learning.