Chess Camps
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The webpage is offered to provide an updated list of upcoming chess camp information. If you have chess camp information you want posted here please email it to Joan DuBois [email protected]


Accepting residential and commuter students, Mid-South Chess Camp is centrally located in Memphis, TN on the beautiful campus of Lausanne Collegiate School. Camp instructors include GM Alexander Stripunsky, GM Alex Onischuk, GM Joel Benjamin, IM Jake Kleiman, IM Teddy Coleman, IM-Elect Parker Zhao, NM Nolan Hendrickson, Expert Jennie Liu, Expert Amey Pasarkar, and Early Childhood Instructor Dr. Andre Duvall. 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, 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 for parents and campers, a unique camp designed t-shirt, trophy, autographed certificate, group photo, daily souvenir, evening Grandmaster simul, and concludes with an awards/closing ceremony followed on Saturday, June 17th with free entry to a camp tournament. Experience the TOP QUALITY of Mid-South Chess and its 16th Annual Summer Chess Camp. DON'T MISS OUT!!! For more information and to register, visit our website or call us at 901.276.4663.

Note - PRE-CAMP:  The US Amateur South Chess Championship will be held in Memphis at Lausanne Collegiate School, same campus as our camp, on June 10 - 11, 2017, ending just as camp orientation begins. Registration and info at

17th Annual Castle Chess Camp, June 11-16, 2017, 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 2016 camp included GM's Varuzhan Akobian, Julio Becerra, John Fedorowicz, Irina Krush, Daniel Naroditsky, Magesh Panchanathan, and Gregory Serper, many of whom are expected to be back with us for 2017. The camp is followed by the Castle Chess Grand Prix tournament (G/120, d/10), June 16-18, offering $13,500 in guaranteed prizes!

Castle Chess 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 no campers under age 10 will be accepted. 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, or email [email protected]

23rd Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: June 12-16, 2017 (Denver) – full and half day options - and July 10-12, 2017 (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. 

14th Annual Western Invitational Chess Camp – July 9-13, 2017: 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 (mostly chess and some non-chess activities). Following camp is local tournament – Ye Olde Pueblo Open (Grand Prix tournament) – July 14-16, 2017 at same hotel as camp.

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

2016 Camp: 21 players rated over 2100!! Total of 38 players rated over 1900! Minimum rating required is 1500 USCF (limited exceptions to rating requirement if approved by camp organizer).

2017 Camp Instructors: GM Melik Khachiyan, GM Julio Sadorra, 2 more GMs to be added, IM John Bartholomew, IM Danny Rensch, IM-Elect Robby Adamson, IM-Elect Joel Banawa, WFM Liulia Cardona, plus a few to be added.

Registration: Registration will be available at More information on camp including PDF flyer and PDF camp forms available under registration tab at camp website below. 

Meal Plan. A meal plan will be available through the hotel. 

Hotel Room Sharing.  Student sharing of hotel rooms may be available. Contact Camp Director for details.

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


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Contact: Robby Adamson, Camp Director; [email protected]; (520) 577-6799. 

OleChessCamp 2017 - Our 13th Year - with six sections tailored to Adult & Youth Campers of all ages!

July 16 - 21 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, 30 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul

Preceded by a 1-day US Chess rated tournament July 16

U.S. Junior Open and U.S. Senior Open follow the camp, July 21-23

Limited to the first 125 registrants!

OleChess is tailored to provide the best chess experience to each camper, from novice through master, youth through adult.  It’s are recognized as some of the most experienced and finest instructors in the country, not just as strong chessplayers. 

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

This year the camp has the additional benefit of being followed immediately by the U.S. Junior Open and U.S. Senior Open.  This is a great opportunity to combine a national caliber camp with a national championship tournament!

We can't summarize all of our important features in this small space, but here are some of our key features -- please visit our website at to learn more about the camp.

Key Features:

·        Camp sections tailored to adults and youth students

·        Opening night simul with class instructor provides mutual introductions and insures students are in the "best-fit" class

·        Daily "championship tournament" game followed by instructor analysis

·        Three classes of chess instruction per day with breaks in addition to meal breaks

·        Evening events include: sports, bowling, blitz chess, bughouse, quick chess

·        Evening chess lectures by Grandmasters for advanced students; topics at search on “Lecture”

·        The Survivor Simul on Friday morning - which many have described as the most 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 not only top players, but among the top instructors in the country

·        Experienced campers often refer to us as the "chessiest" of the national caliber camps

·        St. Olaf campus, ranked among the most beautiful in the country, includes modern teaching facilities

·        Stav Hall, ranked among the best campus food service in the country

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 (of any level) or very serious youth student rated 1700 and up

·        Intensive Study-Master Class for the very serious student ranked 2000 and up

·        ChessCort for the adult who is escorting a camper and who wants to better understand chess

·        2017 instructors include: GM Gregory Kaidanov, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Yury Shulman, GM Alex Goldin, GM Dmitry Gurevich, WGM Camilla Baginskaite, FM/FT Kevin Bachler, LM Ken Wallach, NM Dane Mattson and EX Dane Zagar.  Additional staff will be added as needed.

For more information on OleChess or to register, see or our Facebook page - search on "OleChess"

For questions contact [email protected] or the St. Olaf Camps office at [email protected]

*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.

Karpov Chess School-Summer 2017 Grandmaster Camp

Dates:  July 16-21, 2017

Location:  Karpov Chess School, 106 S. Main St, Lindsborg, KS

Contact Email:  Anna James, Director,  [email protected]

The Karpov Chess School summer chess camp 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.  

Grandmaster Timur Gareyev will be the chief instructor for the 5 day summer camp.  Timur is one of the top Grandmasters in the United States and is known for his incredible ability to play multiple chess games while blindfolded.  Gareyev set a world record playing 48 blindfolded games in December 2016.  After checking in and orientation on Sunday evening, the campers will begin with a simultaneous game with Grandmaster Timur Gareyev.  

Each day of the camp includes two 90-minute instructional sessions, at least one round of a G/30 tournament with individual game analysis, 90 minutes of supervised free time (swimming, soccer, tennis, etc...), and various chess activities (Simul, Bughouse, Blitz, Movies) in the evening.   

Campers 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.  Participants are supervised on and off the field by our trained staff of counselors and coaches (24-hour supervision).  The camp will end with an awards ceremony Friday afternoon.

The Karpov Chess School reserves the right to substitute an instructor with one of equal stature in the unlikely event of a conflict of schedules or illness.

Chief Instructor for Grandmaster Camp is Grandmaster Timur Gareyev.

On-Site Registration: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Karpov Chess School (106 S. Main, Lindsborg, KS)

Supervision: Participants will be closely supervised both on and off the field by Karpov Chess School staff, counselors and coaches. There will be 24-hour supervision by Karpov Chess School staff.

Eligibility: K-12 students, College Students, adults. - Students, aged 8 years or younger, who wish to stay in the dorms will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Prices for the 2017 GRANDMASTER CAMP

Basic Tuition Fee: (Includes GM Instruction, T-Shirt, Meals and Lodging, and Pool Pass, Only) - $750.00

GM Instruction, Only: $400.

Lodging at the Bethany College Dorms, Only: $200.00

Meals, Only: $150.00

Key Deposit:  $25.00 (Refundable) Check payable to Bethany College.

Linen Fee:  $25.00


  • Returning Campers (2016) deduct $50
  • Early Registration by April 30, 2017, deduct $50
  • Family Discounts: deduct $50 for a second family member and $75 for a third or more additional family members.

Deposit: $100.00 Non-refundable at time of registration

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You can find the registration form at