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 #.

Fun & Training Camps: Multiple dates (New York, three locations)

Join our Fun & Training Camp at three locations:

 

PS 183 at 419 E 66th St, New York, NY 10065

Village Chess @ SoHo at 108 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012

FasTracKids at 728 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

 

Our upcoming camp dates are:

February 19th-23rd

March 29th

April 1st

April 22nd-26th

April 29th-30th

June 6th

June 7th

June 17th

June 19th

and weekdays through July and August

 

For more information, contact: Click here to show email address

Manasota Chess Center - Summer Chess Camps for Kids: multiple dates beginning June 3, 2024 (Sarasota, Florida)

WHAT: The Manasota Chess Center, located in Sarasota, Florida, will be holding Summer Chess Camps for Kids.  Three different 2-week (10-day) camp dates are available to choose from in either June, July or August. Each camp has two sections to choose from: Beginner or Advanced Beginner.  Each camp section is 2 hours per day. Choose the camp dates and skill level that are best for you.

 

WHEN:

  • Camp A: Week 1: June 3 – 7, Week 2: June 10 – 14
  • Camp B: Week 1: July 15 – 19, Week 2: July 22 – 26
  • Camp C: Week 1: July 29 – August 2, Week 2: August 5 – 9

ALL CAMPS:

  • Beginner Section: 11am – 1pm
  • Advanced Beginner Section: 1:30 – 3:30pm

WHERE: Manasota Chess Center, 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 96, Sarasota, FL 34239

WHO: Beginners to Advanced Beginner level players in K-12 grades

HOW: For additional details and to register now, go to www.manasotachess.org/camp  Cost is $300 per 2-week camp.

 

30th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: June 3-7 and July 1-3, 2024 (Denver, Colorado)

30th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: June 3-7, 2023 (Denver) – full and half day options - and July 1-3, 2024  (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 www.ColoradoMasterChess.com for details.

UT Dallas Online and In-Person Summer Chess Camps: Starting June 3, 2024-multiple summer dates (Dallas, Texas)

 

The UT Dallas online and in-person summer chess camps provide some of the highest-level training for children and teens in the country.

Intermediate & Advanced

A pre-camp, online assessment will determine whether a camper is placed in an intermediate or advanced group. Campers must already know the rules of chess.

Featured Instructors:

  • GM & FIDE Trainer Julio Sadorra
  • GM Koustav Chatterjee
  • IM Saksham Rautela
  • CM Tim Steiner

2024 Camp Dates

  • June 3-7: Register by May 22
  • June 10-14: Register by May 29
  • June 17-21: Register by June 5
  • July 8-12: Register by June 26
  • July 15-19: Register by July 3
  • July 22-26: Register by July 10
  • July 29-August 2: Register by July 17 (In-person only)

Cost

Online

  • Register by April 1: $200
  • Register April 1-June 3: $240
  • Register after June 3: $280

In-Person

  • Register by April 1: $300
  • Register April 1-June 3: $340
  • Register after June 3: $380

Discounts will apply at the end of process. A $25 discount is available if you submit the promo code USCF24.

For more information, email james.stallings@utdallas.com or call  214-793-4967; or visit https://chess.utdallas.edu/summer-camps/.

 

22nd Annual Mid-South Chess Summer Camp: June 16-21, 2024 (Memphis, Tennessee)

22ND ANNUAL MID-SOUTH CHESS SUMMER CAMP, MEMPHIS JUNE 16 - JUNE 21, 2024 - THE PREMIER CHESS CAMP OF THE SOUTH- ALL AGES ALL LEVELS:  This camp is centrally located in Memphis, TN on the beautiful campus of Memphis University School, 6191 Park Avenue.  Camp instructors include GM Joel Benjamin, GM Lazaro Bruzon, WGM Anna Sharevich, IM Alex Velikanov, NM Nolan Hendrickson, Expert Jennie Liu, early childhood specialists Eli Baumann and Dr. Andre Duvall, and TN Chess Association Board Member, Mike Robertson. These instructors represent years of extensive, successful chess coaching and are considered among the best in the country.  We divide our campers into small groups according to age and level of play, each with a counselor.  This is an exciting and intensive, yet fun-filled chess camp with multiple hours of age and appropriate level 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 a Sunday afternoon orientation/reception for parents and campers, a unique camp designed T-shirt, special camp medals, autographed certificate, group photo, daily souvenir, evening Grandmaster simul, and concludes with an awards/closing ceremony.  Experience the TOP QUALITY of Mid-South Chess and its 22nd Annual Summer Chess Camp.  DON'T MISS OUT!  For more information and to register, visit our website midsouthchess.com or call us at 901.494.2526.

24th Annual International Chess Academy (ICA) Scholastic Summer Day Camp: June 17-August 23, 2024 (Glen Rock and Teaneck, New Jersey)

 

Join us for the 24th Annual International Chess Academy (ICA) Scholastic Summer Day Camp, June 17th through August 23rd 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 variant “Circle of Doom”, and returning before lunch to play dodgeball, soccer, or use the playground.

After lunch is the tournament. Campers compete for weekly prizes, 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.

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. Choose from Half 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 are available as options.

We offer a 10% sibling discount, 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.

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

Please visit our website for more details, or our registration page for pricing and registration information.

Sincerely, 

 

Diana Tulman /ICA Director/

201-797-0330

chessdirector@icanj.net

https://www.icanj.net/


PS, Higher than 1600 rating?  Consider our GM Summer Camp instead.

 

Chess4Life Summer Chess Camps: June 17 - Aug. 30, 2024 (Washington & Online)

 

☀️ Chess4Life Weekly Summer Chess Camps!

♟️ Offered In-Person (Bellevue & Issaquah, WA) and Online (Zoom, Pacific Time)

📅 Weekly starting June 17th through August 30th, 2024

 

In-Person: Weekdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Online: Weekdays from 11:00 AM PT to 12:30 PM PT

 

Join in-person Chess PLUS Camps, including Chess PLUS Robotics 🤖, Lego 👷, and Table Tennis 🏓 Camps to encourage learning STEM concepts, problem-solving, and creativity alongside learning chess!

 

Chess4Life Camps offer an exciting combo of learning and fun for kids aged 6-12, where campers rapidly improve in chess and learn life skills like focus, planning, and sportsmanship through chess!  

 

Each week of camp is custom-tailored to match the skills of our campers, and each skill group is led by certified Chess4Life coaches. Your child will be placed in a group that matches their abilities, where they'll meet new friends, enhance their chess skills, and develop important life skills! Whether your child is new to chess or is an experienced tournament player, Chess4Life Camps are the place to build new skills while having fun! 

 

Early Registration Discounts are available through June 2nd!

 

Register Here:

In-Person Camps: https://portal.chess4life.com/pub/camps

Online Camps: https://portal.chess4life.com/pub/camps/online

Castle Chess Camp and Grand Prix Tournament: June 23-28, 2024 (Atlanta, Georgia)

2024 Castle Chess Camp and Grand Prix Tournament; Now in its 22nd year, the Castle Chess Camp at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (June 23-28, 2024) brings together top students and top instructors for a week of intense chess training. The camp is followed by the optional Grand Prix tournament (June 28-30, 2024; G/100, inc. 10) with $12,000 in guaranteed prizes. Camper to staff ratio is 5-1. Average and median rating of camp will be over 1700. Top group will all be over 2000. Merit based and need based scholarships available. 2024 instructors include GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Dariusz Swiercz, GM Julio Sadorra, GM Aleks Lenderman, GM John Fedorowicz, GM Magesh Panchanathan, IM John Bartholomew, WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor, FM Peter Giannatos, and FM Robby Adamson. The camp has a minimum age of 10 (no maximum age!) and a minimum US Chess rating of 1100. Please see our website, www.castlechess.org for more details.

International Chess Academy (ICA) GM Summer Chess Camp: starting June 24, 2024, weekly or up to six weeks (Glen Rock, New Jersey)

 

The International Chess Academy GM Summer Chess Camp is open for registration for talented youth with a USCF or FIDE rating 1600+.  We hope you take advantage of this amazing opportunity to participate with GM Alex Stripunsky.

For over 25 years, International Chess Academy has been offering chess lessons, classes, and camps, as well as chess tournaments, scholastic camps, and math enrichment programs for the larger community. We are located just outside of New York City, with chess schools in both Glen Rock and Teaneck, New Jersey. Our aim of providing professional chess instruction in a nurturing environment has been a proven success for students around the globe.

Students may register for either the day camp or overnight 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 90 minute recreational session to refresh the mind. Activities include: bowling, ping pong, miniature golf, soccer, and more! Campers will then have dinner as a group and go to bed at 10pm.

Alex Stripunsky will run this chess camp starting June 24th at the ICA Glen Rock campus. The days are packed with chess training, strategy, games and sports that will take your game to the next level.

 

GM Stripunsky has gained great respect and recognition as one of America's elite grandmasters and earned the distinction of being a premier US Chess Coach having coached many of the country’s top young chess players. 

 

You can register for one week or the entire six weeks. As in years past, we expect these camp sessions to fill early, so secure your spot now. To register please click here. Sibling and multi-session discounts are available.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Diana Tulman /ICA Director/

201-797-0330

chessdirector@icanj.net

https://www.icanj.net/

 

PS, Not yet 1600 rating?  Consider our Scholastic Summer Day Camp instead.  

 

Daily Chess Musings Free Summer Camp 2024: June 24-28, 2024 (Online)

 

Daily Chess Musings

Free Summer Chess Camp 2024
June 24-28th
9:00 am until 3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time

 

The Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp series is your child’s chance to learn chess with top professional chess coaches for three unforgettable weeks of online chess training and competition. Each week of chess camp, students will attend special chess lessons taught by Correspondence Master and one of California’s most popular chess teachers, Chris Torres. In addition, all attendees will be invited to participate in live masterclasses with esteemed special guest instructors. Whether your child is an absolute beginner or already a state champion, the Free Online Summer Chess Camp skill level focused curriculum will improve their chess tactics, knowledge of chess openings, middle game strategies and endgame technique.

Back by popular demand, the Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp  is returning in 2024 to serve all those who want to learn chess. Our free summer chess camp will take place online during the week of June 24-28th. The Free Online Summer Chess Camp is open to participants of all ages but only those under the age of 18 will be eligible to win prizes. There is no charge to register for these camps but please help us better prepare by signing up as soon as possible. 

 

https://dailychessmusings.com/june-24-28th/ 

 

Chess Father Chess Camp, June 24-August 30, 2024 (New Hyde Park, New York)

REGISTRATION: https://www.chessfather.com/camp

 

Description: Our Chess Camps are Open For All Levels of Chess Players. During the day kids will get an opportunity to practice tournament games, enjoy our chess lectures, group chess analysis, individual chess training, and outdoor playtime with our professional chess coaches. Kids will be divided into small groups based on their level and age.

Chess Master provides expert instruction building on following skills and covering more advanced ideas, including:

·        Tactics

·        Strategy

·        Middlegame Planning

·        Endgame Technique

 

TYPICAL DAY

8:45 - 9am Arrival

9:15 - 10am Chess Lesson #1 and Play

10 - 10:15am Lunch and Snack (provided by Chess Club)

10:15 - 10:45am Free Play

10:45 - 12pm Organized Event (Tournament, Game Analysis, Bughouse, Puzzles)

12 - 12:15pm Departure for AM Students

12 - 1pm Lunch and Free Play

12:45 - 1pm Arrival for PM Students

1 - 2pm Chess Lesson #2 and Play

2 - 2:15pm Snack (Provided by Chess Club)

2:15 - 2:45pm Free Play

2:45 - 4pm Organized Event

4 - 4:15pm Departure

 

TIMES

·        Full day: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

·        AM only: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

·        PM only: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Camp Fees

·        Single full day: $90

·        Half day am/pm: $50

 

AGES

        4-14

FOOD

        Chess Father Club will provide lunch and light snacks (including beverage) during scheduled snack times. Students should bring their own sack lunch. 

 

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Memphis Chess Camp, July 7-12, 2024 (Memphis, Tennessee)

MEMPHIS CHESS CAMP, MEMPHIS JULY 7 - JULY 12, 2024

This camp is in the heart of historic downtown Memphis, and is limited to the first 45 chess players.  It's open for both children and adult learners, ratings from 100 to 2200.

Don't live in Memphis? Not a problem.  The camp will be at Memphis Chess Club, located immediately next door to Napoleon Hotel with special rates, as well as special next door superhost airbnbs.  

Camp instructors include International Master Dave Ross, FIDE Master Alex King, and National Master Graham Horobetz, and will rotate across all of the groups.  These coaches have dozens of playing and teaching years between them.

Camp includes a camp T-Shirt, simultaneous exhibitions, 10% off Memphis Chess Club Membership, ***MEMPHIS REDBIRDS BASEBALL ROOFTOP EVENING VIEWINGS***

As MCC is also a cafe, discounted meal tickets are also available.  Daily camp rates are also available.

Experience small, focused classes, in a cozy environment!

Register at www.memphischessclub.com/camp; early registration offers a large discount!  Email us with questions at Click here to show email address 

Caveman Chess Champ - Part of the Caveman Chess Festival, July 14-19, 2024 (Chicago, Illinois)

July 14 - 19, Hilton Chicago/Northbrook – less than 20 minutes from O’Hare airport.

The camp is preceded on July 12-14 by the US Junior Open, US Senior Open, US Blind, Caveman Medior Open, and Caveman Beginner Open I and Beginner Open 2 (July 13 and 14, respectively). The tournaments offer $40K in prizes, including $10K for the US Junior Open and $13K for the US Senior Open.


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 in the country. 

The camp provides five solid days of chess instruction, including two simuls and several evening chess and non-chess activities.  Depending on the student's needs, the camp offers 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 www.cavemanchess.com/camp 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 the closing ceremonies

·        Highly experienced instructional staff considered both top players and top instructors

·        Experienced campers refer to us as the "chessiest" of the premier 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

·        Past instructors include GM Gregory Kaidanov, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Yury Shulman, GM Alex Goldin, GM Aleks Lenderman, GM Dmitry Gurevich, GM Boris Avruhk, GM Nikola Mitkov, GM Irina Krush, GM Greg Serper, GM Sergey Kurdrin, WGM Camilla Baginskaite and more. FM/FT Kevin Bachler. 2024 staff will be announced soon.

 

For more info or to register, see www.cavemanchess.com or search on "Caveman Chess" on Facebook

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*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 the class, the experience of the instructor, the experience of the student(s), and other factors.  The goal is to obtain the best fit to maximize the learning potential

Semper Primus Chess Camp, July 28-August 2, 2024 (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Semper Primus Chess Camps

 

Semper Primus Chess Camp is open to all students entering k-12th grade.

All camp tournaments are rated.

Overview:

We are an overnight chess camp focused on allowing campers to play and learn about the game we love. Our goal is to bring campers of varying ages and levels together to foster both chess skills and community.

When:

  • General camp length will be from July 28th – August 2nd.
  • Campers will have the option to attend camp for 5 or 3 days.
  • Extra day (August 3rd) checkout option will be available to campers, as a tournament will be held on August 3rd.

Where:

  • Millersville University, Pennsylvania
  • Campers have the option to stay in the suites (5th-12th grade), stay in the suites with a parent/guardian (K-4th grade), or commute (K-12th grade).
  • Double Suite, Single Suite, and Prive Suite accommodations.

Itinerary:

  • Campers will have plenty of events to play and compete in.
  • Recreational activities will be provided in addition to chess to allow campers to rest their minds and relax.
  • Two daily rated tournaments.
  • Evening events may include sports, non-chess activities, Blitz, or quick chess.
  • Freedom of choice is a standard, with camp counselors staying on site 24 hours a day.
  • Formats include Swiss, Quads, and Blitz.
  • Master Instruction
  • We will have masters that provide analysis on your games.
  • Daily group lessons on tactics, strategy, openings, and endgames.
  • Instruction will be an elective rather than a mandated event.

Note To Parents:

First, I’d like to thank you for considering our Chess Camp. As a father of four I know how important it is to provide them with opportunities to grow. I grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters and it was my oldest brother who was born with cerebral palsy that introduced me and taught me the game of chess.

I decided to start up this camp because in my own search for a chess camp had a hard time finding one that allowed for campers to have a full overnight experience, let alone on a college campus. I wanted to have an overnight camp as I find in my dealings with this younger generation that they could use some more time around their peers and making new friends.

I expect to continue to improve the instruction and development of these young minds by bringing in quality Masters who can better their game. I am pleased to already have some talented Masters for or 2024 staff. All chess tournaments are run by a USCF Tournament Director.

Our staff includes a Director, an Assistant Director, a Tournament Director, 3-4 Masters and camp counselors. We typically have a 1/10 ratio of counselors and campers in the suites.

Campers entering 5th through 12th grade may stay in the dorms on their own, while K-4th graders must have a parent/guardian accompanying them. We are equipped to host parents that may want to stay in the area for the week if you don’t mind a suite. Options for 5 night or 3 night stays are available, along with a commuting option. The added day on the registration was designed for parents that don’t want to or can’t pick up their child on Friday but would prefer a Saturday pick up.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Brian D. Smith

Director

717 984-8011

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