Chess Camps
By USCF   

The following is an updated list of upcoming chess camp information. If you have chess camp information you want posted here please email it to Joan DuBois



Celebrate summer in a unique way with our fun and educational Putt-Putt Chess Dual Summer Camp! This year we partnered with Little Birdies Mobile Golf Academy to offer our 1st dual summer camp where students will be able to enjoy 2 camps for the price of ONE*!

Each camp includes: chess instruction with life-size pieces, game winning strategies, learn the basics of golf with REAL golf lessons, character development exercises, camp tournament and MORE!

*Dual camp regular price is $500, temporarily discounted to $250. Preferred ages 6-15. 

Sibling discounts & payment plans available. Space is limited.

Register online at

The third annual Booker T. Washington Summer Chess Camp will be held June 15 to June 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of Boyce College, 2825 Lexington Road, Louisville, Kentucky.

This year’s camp includes lunch in the campus cafeteria, daily breaks in the game room, and snacks.

It also features a workshop with FIDE master candidate and chess professional Chris Bush! Bring your recorded game(s) for an analysis.

The tuition is $240.00 dollars. The camp will be limited to 16 students. Contact for a registration form. Information on our other summer camps can be viewed at 


June 6th – August 14th, 2015

All Levels Welcome

Participants Learn Openings, How to handle Middle-Game Combinations, Master End-Game Techniques.  

National Master, Oscar Maldonado

Oscar is the co-founder and of the Broward Chess Club has been teaching chess for over 20 years.  He ran the California Chess Club for 10 years and has run numerous after-school chess programs, tournaments and scholastic chess camps.   He is a USCF Tournament Director and an avid promoter of  scholastic chess in Broward County and is the Co-Author with GM Ron Henley of the scholastic workbook, “Chess Curriculum”.  Oscar is currently running a year-round chess program at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale.

Grand Master, Ron Henley

Ron coaches chess at the prestigious Miami Country Day School.  He was Chief trainer for Anatoly Karpov. He also coached WGM Hikaru Nakamura & WGM Irina Krush in their youth.  Ron is a prolific author of numerous chess books.

Camp Hours:  9am – 4pm  Monday thru Friday.  Ages: 7-14   Tuition:  $240/Week.  Half Day Available AM/PM $120/Week.

Location:  903 N. Federal Hwy  Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304  (SW Corner of Sunrise & US 1  in Sears Town Plaza) Ample Free Parking

Call for Information: (954)918-2302  Register Online: E-Mail:

Affiliate ID: A6035746

14th ANNUAL MID-SOUTH SUMMER CHESS CAMP, JUNE 7 - 13, 2015: THE PREMIER CHESS CAMP OF THE SOUTH, FOR ALL AGES AND ALL LEVELS, IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. Accepting both residential and commuter students, this camp is centrally located in Memphis, Tennessee and held on the beautiful campus of Lausanne Collegiate School. The camp instructors include GM Alexander Stripunsky, GM Alex Onischuk, GM Joel Benjamin, GM Alex Yermolinsky, IM-elect Parker Zhao, NM Nolan Hendrickson, Expert Jennie Liu, and Early Childhood Instructor Dr. Andre Duvall. These instructors, who represent years of extensive chess coaching experience, are considered among the best in the country. We divide our campers into small groups according to age and ability each with a counselor to monitor their every move. 
This is a whirlwind five and a half day, fun and excitement-filled chess camp with hours of age and level appropriate instruction, combined with special activities including sports, interactive chess play, and optional evening chess and sport activities. Instructors rotate throughout the day - what a difference this makes! Camp includes Sunday afternoon opening reception and orientation for parents and campers and simul with the instructors and a unique camp designed t-shirt, trophy, autographed certificate, group photo and daily souvenir. Camp concludes with an awards and closing ceremony. Come experience the top quality of Mid-South Chess and its 14th Annual Summer Chess Camp. Don't miss out! Camp chess tournament will be held on Saturday, June 13th. Entry fee included with camp registration. For more information, visit our website or call us at 901.276.4663. 

Note: The US Amateur South Chess Championship will be held in Memphis at Lausanne Collegiate School, June 6-7, 2015, just before the beginning of the camp. 

 21st Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: June 8-12, 2015 (Denver) – full and half day options - and July 6-8, 2015 (Denver). All abilities and ages. 8:1 Staff-Student ratio. Three 2-day chess camps are also offered throughout the summer in Englewood for specific ability levels. 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, and Chess Strategy Workbook, Todd Bardwick. Call 303.770.6696 or visit for details.

12th Annual Yury Shulman Summer Chess Camp 2015:

June 8th-12th and June 15th-19th, 2015 & July 13-17 and July 20-24 - see locations below.

Full day 9am - 4 pm and half day (9am-12 pm or 1 pm-4 pm) options. 

Previous years teaching Grandmasters: Chess Camps 2004-2015: GM Yury Shulman, GM Alex Onischuk, GM Gregory Kaidanov, GM Boris Avrukh, GM Var Akobian, GM Alex Goldin, GM Dmitry Gurevich, GM Mesgen Amanov, GM Igor Novikov.

Chess camp information: Small groups of around 10 students. Grandmasters and instructors rotate between groups. Students will play in a tournament. Special Events such as: bughouse, blitz, puzzle contest, gym and outdoors! Beginners are welcome! The last day of camp: Pizza for everyone and Awards! Earlier drop off and later pick up available for an additional $10/hour.

Special discounts: Register before March 1st and receive an Early Bird 20% discount! $339 for full day, $219 for half day. Every participant who attends two or more camps is eligible for an additional 10% discount!

Camps locations:

June 8-12, June 15-19 at  St. Nectarios  Church, 133 S. Roselle Rd., Palatine, IL 60067.

July  13-17 and  July 20-24 at Barrington High School, 616 West Main Street, Barrington, IL  60010

Contact: Yury Shulman or visit for more details.



15th Annual Castle Chess Camp, June 14-19, 2015, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Castle Chess Camp is a nationally renowned program of chess instruction featuring some of the strongest scholastic players and top ranked instructors in the nation. Our staff of instructors for the 2015 camp will include GM Varuzhan Akobian, GM Julio Becerra, GM John Fedorowicz, GM Irina Krush, GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Magesh Panchanathan, and GM Gregory Serper. The camp is followed by the Castle Chess Grand Prix tournament (35/90, SD/30, d/5), June 21-22, offering $12,000 in guaranteed prizes!

Castle Camp is instructive, rewarding, and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s not for everyone. We are a full-immersion experience, with chess literally from early morning until after sunset. It requires not only chess skills, but a certain amount of stamina. For that reason resident campers must be age 10, and commuter campers age 9. There is also a minimum USCF rating required. Camp always fills up early, so be sure to register early. For more information, please visit our website at: or email 

Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess

106 South Main, Lindsborg, KS 67456 – 

Phone 785-227-2224

June 14-19 or July 12-17, 2015 

Join Our 2015 Summer Chess Camps

Our grandmaster instructor will be Grandmaster Timur Gareev who is our Executive Director and one of the top Grandmasters in the United States.  He is known for his incredible ability to play multiple chess games while blindfolded.  Gareev set an unofficial record 40 blindfolded games at the Karpov Chess School is 2014.  He will try to break the Guinness World Record for blindfold chess in 2015.

Grandmaster Gareev graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville where participated in their chess team. He won the North American Open Championship in 2012, and he placed 3rd in 2013 U.S. Championship.

The Karpov Chess School summer chess camp program is designed for chess players of all strengths and level of experience, ages 6 to adult, who want to improve their game while enjoying the company of fellow chess enthusiasts.  On Monday through Friday, campers will participate in a US Chess Federation rated tournament followed by individual game analysis.  Additionally, instructive sessions are given each day.  After the afternoon session, participants are given 90 minutes of supervised free time for various activities, the most popular activities being soccer or swimming.  Participants are supervised on and off the field by our trained staff of counselors and coaches (24-hour supervision).

After checking in and orientation on Sunday evening, the campers in the Grandmaster camp will begin with a simultaneous game with Grandmaster Timur Gareev.  On Monday through Friday, campers will have two 90-minutes sessions. During that time, students will be divided into groups of 8-12 members and assigned a supervising teacher who will be responsible for tracking their progress throughout the camp. A rotating instructional schedule allows campers to study with several members of the staff during the week.  Every morning, participants will be playing one round of a G/30 tournament. Friday afternoon will be devoted to the award ceremony during which prizes for winners in all competitions will be awarded.

The camp costs includes instruction, lodging and food.  We accept credit cards and PayPal.  A $100 deposit holds your spot in one of our camps.  See our website for additional information.


Orlando Chess House: Fast Track Chess


Summer Camp: June 22nd - 25th, 2015 – Orlando, Florida


Novel Approach: Fast Track Chess is the name of a pioneer learning approach developed by Educational Psychologist WIM Jen Hansen and GM Lars Bo Hansen. Simply said, our Fast Track method takes advantage of the things that make the human brain work most efficiently. The first immediate impression is using less effort to absorb more knowledge. And that’s not all. Using the Fast Track method at our workshops has proved to boost participants’ creativity, confidence, and ultimately – their playing level.

Coaches: GM Lars Bo Hansen and WIM Jen Hansen

Camp Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM.

Participants: Tournament players. Your commitment to chess and your desire to learn and advance are more important than your current rating. Number of participants is limited.

Fee: $250

Location: 11658 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817


More information and registration at 

International Chess Academy Scholastic Chess Camp With 

GM Sergey Kudrin, WGM Tatiana Grabuzova, and WFM Hana Itkis


10 Weeks from 6/22/2015 to 8/28/2015. Our longest running camp provides younger school children the opportunity to experience the joy of competitive chess, and the insane off the wall fun of summer.  Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3:00 pm. – half day; or 9 am to 5 pm – full day. We offer a 5:1 student – teacher / instructor ratio, prizes and trophies for tournaments and various (including sports!) competitions, camp T-shirts and insane levels of FUN! On-going chess tournaments (USCF rated) every afternoon. Among our teachers are professional chess coaches from Moscow. Visit our website (look under summer camps) at for more information, pictures, and registration form.

2015 All Star Summer Chess Training School - Newton, MA

FIDE Trainer and Senior Master Lou Mercuri announces the 14th annual All Star Chess Training School to be held at the Brigham House, 20 Hartford St., Newtown Highlands, MA. Directions. Session I: 9:00-3:45, June 22-26, 2015; Session II: 9:00-3:45, Aug. 3-7, 2015; Session III: 9:00-3:45, Aug. 10-14, 2015. Please see the flyer  for program details. In addition, please feel free to contact Mr. Mercuri at or at 781-373-1375 for more information.  


Educational Technologies and Hopkins School Present Hopkins Summer Chess Program

When:       Session 1 July 6 – 10, Session 2 July 13 – 17, 8:30am – 1pm

Where: Hopkins School, 986 Forest Rd. New Haven, CT.

What:          Chess is a fascinating game, which can be played and enjoyed at all levels.  Educational research indicates chess improves academic performance!  The practical application of the skills learned while playing chess are the same skills necessary for academic excellence and sound life-long decision-making.

·         Concentration · Analysis

·         Critical Thinking · Synthesis

·         Problem Solving · Evaluation

·         Strategic Planning · Competition

·         Creativity · Good Sportsmanship

·         Pattern Recognition   · Good Decision-making!!!         

Tuition:  $ 350/week payable to Hopkins School


Driving Directions

Questions? Contact Jim Celone 203-933-9997,


Hopkins Summer Catalog

For more information please contact the Director Kevin Cronin, ext 372 at 203.397.1001 x540.

ICA-International Chess Academy & Long Island ChessMates & 64 Squares Academy 

Elite training summer program with a star-studded coaching staff Summer’ 2015


Exceptional Coaching Line-up

GM Artur Yusupov - GM Alex Chernin - GM Gennady Sagalchik



- Chess instruction with distinguished coaches – chess intensive schedule

- Small groups -Top group starts at 2200+

- Instructional tennis / recreational soccer and kickball

- High staff to student ratio: Coaches, Counselors, RAs

- Medical Service

- Residential (room & board on campus) and Commuter options: Residential: ages 10 - 17, Commuter: ages 8+ 


Dates for Summer 2015
Session 1: July 6 -10

Session 2: July 13 - 17



Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT 

Located in Central New England, Cheshire Academy is within driving distance to both New York City and Boston, and is close to multiple international airports

Head Coaches

Artur Yusupov and Alex Chernin are renowned authors, former world's top- 10, and who, today, are considered some of the world’s best coaches. Once mentored by Mark Dvoretsky, they carry on the best traditions of Dvoretsky's training methods. They also bring a unique experience as former World Championship contenders. 
GM Yusupov former world’s #3, served as a second to Vishi Anand and is currently Head Coach for the National Swiss Junior Team.

GM Chernin former coach of J.Polgar, F. Caruana, and other world class players, has been commissioned to train K. Troff, S. Sevian, J. Xiong, and A. Liang, very promising US juniors who are at the top of the world's rating charts in their respective age groups.

GM Sagalchik In 2014, coached by Mr. Sagalchik, three of the 64 Squares Academy students, perhaps more than from any other program, have qualified for the World's Youth with Evelyn Zhu winning 5th. A scholastic coach of two decades, GM Sagalchik trains his students starting very yearly in their careers, often from the Novice levels.



Cheshire Academy 

Set in historic Cheshire, Connecticut, this 104-acre campus provides the ideal setting

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By Car:  New Haven train station - 25min; Bradley International Airport, Hartford CT - 45min; NYC/ Northern NJ/ Long Island/JFK/LaGuardia/Newark: 1hr 45min - 2hrs; Boston - 2hrs;

To assist with travel arrangements, Cheshire Academy have coordinated with Limousines Plus located in Wolcott: 203-272-7712 or  
Other local companies: Metropolitan Livery - 203-444-4444,
Exclusive Car Service, Inc. - 877-695-4665,
-Please Note: arranging a round trip fare could offer a significant discount


Nearby Hotels

The Courtyard Marriot in Wallingford has been completely renovated from the lobby to the guest rooms and is less than 7 mi. away from Cheshire Academy. All Cheshire Academy guests receive a special discount by mentioning Cheshire Academy when booking on the phone or by booking using this link


Americas Best Value Inn Cheshire/Meriden - 2mi   

For more information please contact the camp directors Gennady Sagalchik and Diana Tulman at: or (516) 225-0600. 

12th Annual Western Invitational Chess Camp – July 12-16, 2015: STRONGEST CHESS CAMP IN THE UNITED STATES, LOCATED IN TUCSON, ARIZONA.

Overview of Camp: This camp is the strongest and most intense chess camp in the United States. There are 5 solid days of chess instruction, with evening activities (chess and non-chess activities). Following camp is local tournament – Ye Olde Pubelo Open – July 17-19, 2015 at same hotel as camp.

Ratings/Groups: Camp is divided into groups based on ratings.  Top Group is 2100+.

2015 Camp: 9 Masters and a total of 15 players rated over 2100!! Minimum rating required is 1500 USCF (limited exceptions to rating requirement if approved by camp organizer).

2015 Camp Instructors: GM  Alejandro Ramirez, GM Melik Khachiyan, GM Julio Sadorra, GM Alexander Ipatov, IM John Bartholomew, IM Danny Rensch, IM-Elect Robby Adamson, plus a few to be added.

Camp location: Tucson El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ – 4 star resort.

Contact: Robby Adamson, Camp Director;; (520) 577-6799.

2015 Davis Summer Chess Camp 

When:  July 13th to 16th at 1-5 PM.                 

Where:  New Harmony Community Room; 3030 Cowell Blvd., 

Davis, CA 95618.

Participants:  Open to all ages and abilities.                                        

Activities:  Blitz, bughouse, team tournament, simultaneous, 

games and prizes.

Staff:  John Langreck is a USCF Life Master and was a member of the Armed Forces championship chess team and 4 U.S. amateur championship teams.  He has coached numerous students from beginners to experts.

Registration:  Call or email John at 916-996-1428 or                    

11th Annual OleChess Chess Camp. July 26 – 31, 2015


A premier national chess camp at an affordable price.


We offer a “camp within a camp” experience, so that you may choose the option that best fits you. The camp is for all ages and strengths.  OleChess offers special options for serious players, adults, children and chess coaches of all strengths.  The camp accepts both residential and commuter students.  It is located 35 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mn on the beautiful campus of St. Olaf College. Travel to the camp by highway is easy, and an optional shuttle service is available from the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport.


2015 instructors currently include GM Greg Kaidanov, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Jesse Kraai, WGM Camilla Baginskaite, FM Kevin Bachler, NM Ken Wallach and Special Guest  Lecturer GM Wesley So.  An additional GM instructor is likely. 


The camp offers many study options:


•   Chess Exploration:
For players of all ages and strengths. Campers are divided into classes of like ability and age. Campers 9 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult escort.  This is the primary selection for most young campers.  Most adult campers who choose this level are usually accompanying their child.

  Intensive Study (3 types): “All Intensive Study Options automatically include the evening lecture series”

Advanced Youth: Under 18 with 1500+ rating. This option is only for strong youth students. The option involves additional classroom rigor and an additional evening lecture after which students may join evening camp activity including separate sections of the blitz and bughouse tournaments.

Advanced Adult: 18 and over OR rating of 1700+. This option is intended for the serious adult students and involves additional instructional period, lectures, and greater classroom rigor. This session will admit serious, mature-acting youth students who meet the requirements and have the approval of the camp director.

Fundamental Adult: 18 and over. For the novice to moderate strength adult interested in strengthening their chess knowledge for themselves or for the additional purpose of teaching others. This option includes take-away materials and for those interested in coaching a letter of recommendation for the USCF Certified Chess Coach Program. Stronger players should consider Intensive Study-Advanced Adult.

•   Evening Lecture Series:  Adults (over age 17) who are not campers may attend the Intensive Study evening lecture. Lectures last 1–1.5 hours, and begin at 6 p.m.  Adults wishing to attend should show up at 5:45 p.m. Lectures by camp GM’s and IM’s. No refunds.

   Chesscorts: This is an additional option for escorts - parents/guardians who are escorting their child to camp.  This daily class is “Chess 101 lite for escorts.” Escorts will learn the basics of chess, chess notation, and chess tournaments so that they can better share in their child’s chess experience. It will also include a “mini-tournament” among class members only so that parents can share in the tournament experience and learn from their own play. The class and tournament will be in the mornings-only and Chesscorts will be free the rest of the day.

•   How to Be a Good Chess Parent (Sunday Seminar 2:30–4): Based on an article by Kevin Bachler, this is a brief program discussing the important role of chess parent. Key chess basics will be covered: how to select a coach, what books to study, what kind of tournaments to attend, and figuring out what kind of a chess player you have.

Chess Basics Class: Sunday afternoon chess class covering the basics of chess moves and chess notation for anyone who needs a refresher in the topic.


Daily Schedule: Camp opens on Sunday afternoon with check-in between 2 and 4 p.m., followed by an orientation meeting, dinner, and an exciting exhibition pitting participants against instructional staff.  Monday morning begins with the first round of a G/60 tournament that runs throughout the week. Following the tournament is the first of three daily class sessions in which participants are divided into groups and work with a single supervising teacher. A rotating instructional schedule allows participants to study with a variety of teachers during the camp. Afternoon class sessions are followed by dinner in Stav Hall and special activities, while students in the Intensive Study Option have an additional 1-1.5 special lecture. Camp closing ceremonies start at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon with trophies awarded to winners in all competitions. Family and friends are invited to attend.


Special Activities: Special activities such as movie and bowling nights, a campfire, and recreational opportunities, including soccer, frisbee, or basketball, keep things active and interesting at OleChess. Other activities include quick chess tournaments, a “blitz” tournament, and Ole Bughouse Mania.


Other Special Events:

  • OleChess Warm-up Tournament: Saturday, July 25, 9a.m.–5 p.m. See website for details. 

  • Special lecture for Intensive Study Students by GM Wesley So, July 29th 7 p.m. : This will be followed by a simul for the first 24 intensive study registrants.


Escort Policy: Parents or guardians may attend camp (but not classes) as an escort.  An escort is required for participants nine years of age or younger.  There is a maximum of three campers per escort.  The escort fee includes meals, housing in a shared room with the camper, and bowling night.

For more information on OleChess, including pricing:

OleChess Camp:


OleChess 1-day USCF rated tournament on Saturday, July 25

St. Olaf College:,

About the campus and food service:


Mountain Lake Chess Camp - Overnight Chess Camp

Lake Arrowhead, CA - July 26 - July 31

Tuition $595.00 per camper

Parents also welcome -

(619) 585-1050


Celebrating our 22nd year on 12 beautiful acres off Lake Arrowhead, International Master Larry Evans and staff mix 30 hours of chess with outdoor activitiies including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, archery range and two 300 foot water slides into the lake.   

TOP Overnight Camps- TOP Chess Camp
August 3rd-August 7th, 2015

Located in Greeley, PA in the Pocono Mountains (1.5 hours from NYC, 2.5 hours from Philadelphia)
All Levels Welcome
Tuition: $1,200

From Monday, August 3- Friday, August  7, boys and girls, ages 9-13  will be able to learn and compete in chess at one of America’s greatest overnight camps, Pine Forest Camp.  Pine Forest is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania and will be celebrating its 85th summer, making it one of the oldest camps under continuous operation in the USA. Unlike other chess summer programs, many of which are located in school settings, this 5-day experience will take place in a real overnight camp setting where children will live in cabins with adult supervision. They will be able to play and practice chess and also enjoy fun outdoor camp activities like swimming, nature, sports, canoeing, and more.

Director, Danny Kopec
Danny is one of the most talented home-bred players in the US. Dr. Kopec was New York High School Champion at 14, National Master at 17, Scottish Champion in 1980, 2nd-equal in the Canadian Closed in 1984, and International Master in 1985. When he was 15 he invented what has become an internationally recognized anti-Sicilian weapon known as The Kopec System. 

Author of several highly acclaimed chess books including “Practical Middlegame Techniques”, “World Title Contenders and their Style”, “Mastering Chess; a Course in 25 lessons” and “Champions of the New Millennium”.

Call for information: (267) 639-2488
Register online: