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.

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.

Caveman Chess Camp, July 16-21, Elmhurst University (Elmhurst, Illinois)

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 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

  • 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.


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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 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.