Chess Camps

The following is an updated list of upcoming chess camp information.


13th Annual Mid-South Summer Chess Camp, 8-14 June 2014: 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, WGM Anna Sharevich, IM Teddy Coleman, and Early Childhood Instructor MM 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 13th Annual Summer Chess Camp. Don't miss out! A rated and unrated chess tournament will be held on Saturday, June 14th. 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, June 7- 8, 2014, just before the camp.

20th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps: 9-13 June 2014 and 7-9 July 2014 (Denver) – full and half day options. 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 Castle Chess Camp, 15-22 June 2014. 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 2013 camp included GM Varuzhan Akobian, GM Julio Becerra, GM John Fedorowicz, GM Magesh Panchanathan, GM Jesse Kraai, GM Irina Krush, and GM Gregory Serper. Many of them will be returning for 2014.

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 we do not accept campers younger than 10, and 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 Chess Camp Question.

International Chess Academy “Master Camp” Under IM Sergey Grabuzov 10 Weeks from 23 June 2014 to 29 August 2014 Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For students rated 1400, and higher, IM Grabuzov’s expert training camp offers class level players the opportunity to accelerate their development towards becoming expert level players. Daily activities include: Five hours of chess training, sports, classical time control tournaments, as well as blitz. Visit for more information (price information and a more detailed schedule).

International Chess Academy Scholastic Chess Camp With WGM Tatiana Grabuzova, and WFM Hana Itkis 10 Weeks from 23 June 2014 to 29 August 2014. 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.

2014 All Star Summer Chess Training School 23-27 June 2014 and 4-8 August 2014 FIDE Trainer and Senior Master Lou Mercuri announces the 13th annual All Star Chess Training School to be held at the Brigham Community Center in Newton Massachusetts (just outside of Boston) the weeks of June 23 to June 27 and August 4 to August 8 2014. For serious improving players between the ages of 8 and 16. Annual top ratings are players rated 1800-2000. Please see the flyer for program details. In addition, please feel free to contact Mr. Mercuri at Chess Training School or at 781.373.1375 for more information.

3rd Annual ChessKidsNation Summer chess camps: 23-27 June 2014 and 14-18 July 2014 (Birmingham) – Full day camp. All skill levels of players who know the rules are welcome. Players will be grouped by rating for training sessions. There will be specialized training for each group. Each Camper will get a work book for each day according to their group. Apart from our ChessKidsNation Instructors, we will be having our guest instructors Life Master Bradley Denton – (USCF Rating 2369), National Master Scott Varagona – (USCF Rating 2252), and Fide Certified Chess Instructor Michael Ciamarra.

As a part of our camp, the campers will learn Visualization & Calculation, Evaluation & Planning, Middle game Themes & Tactics, Winning Techniques & Defensive Techniques, Essential Endgame Knowledge, Game Analysis - Own games & Master games, Training Games & Positions, Tournament Preparation & Decisions. We will have the Rated and Not Rated Scholastic Chess Tournament on the last day of the camp. Camper will get T-Shirt, Trophy, Individual Photo, Group Photo, Autographed Certificate, and Daily Workbook.

Please see the flyer for the camp details. For more information email or call us at 205.421.1523.

CHAMPS CAMP IN NYC! 23-27 June, 7-11 July, 21-25 July, 28 July-Aug1, 25-29 Aug Distinguished Grandmasters Maxim Dlugy and Jaan Ehlvest have cooperated to bring you the best Chess Instruction in New York! Maxim is a former World Junior Champion, World #1 ranked Blitz player by WBCA for five years and a former President of the US Chess Federation. He has worked with both Kasparov and Karpov, preparing them for major chess tournaments and matches. Jaan is a former Candidate for the World Championship, a former Number 3 ranked player in the World after Kasparov and Karpov and the creator of a specially designed chess educational system for children.

The camp site is located in a NY landmark building, originally built for the Civic Club just before the turn of the 20th century, located at 243 East 34th street in Manhattan. The Champs Camp welcomes children ages 5-15. Campers will be split up in groups and teams according to age, chess level and friendships as best possible. Children will be entertained by being involved in team and individual games designed to improve memory, logic and creative thinking. Trophies, medals and prizes await all campers! Camp Dates: June 23 – June 27, July 7-11, July 21-25, July 28-Aug1, Aug 25-29

For more information on the camp and to register check out, call Maxim Dlugy at 917.930.8840 or email at

Overnight Chess and Computer Programming Camps for Boys ages 12 to 15 30 June to 22 August This camp is for boys ages 12-16 who have a rating between 1500 and 2000. The camp is weekly and is very robust. It runs from June 30th to August 22nd. The aim of this camp is to help the students to attain the next level in their chess career. The camp is from 9AM - 5PM. Several lectures will be given throughout the day. The students will be matched for play and will analyze their games to see how they can maximize their advantage. Lecture will be given by IM Voja Milanovic. Computer Programming - Chess Campers have an option to take web application programming in the afternoons. Students will learn powerful web application technologies such as JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5. Each student will make their own website and an on-line portfolio which include samples of their work. They will have fun writing code, creating videos and graphics and embedding them on their webpages. These experiences will give students a competitive edge for college and future careers. The combined camps would be a 2-week session. In the evenings students will be engaged in supervised outdoor sports such as basketball and soccer. Students will stay with the camp host family. The camp will be held at NCI Scholastic Chess and Technology Centre in Brewster NY. The camp is approximately 1 hour north from Manhattan and 30 minutes north from White Plains, NY. For more information please visit NCI Summer Chess Camp.

Intensive Elite Chess Training With GM Alexander Chernin, GM Alexander Stripunsky, GM Tamaz Gelashvili and GM Sergey Kudrin starting 7 July 2014 Running for three weeks starting on the 7th of July, 2014. In business for over a decade, our GM camp attracts the best chess players from all over Europe and the United States. Daily activities include: Five hours of chess training with the world’s best coaches, two hours of tennis with professional tennis instructors and soccer matches every night. Rating requirements: Group 1 > 2100; Group 2 > 1800. For more information please visit our website at and look for 2014 summer camp or call / e-mail Diana Tulman 201.287.0250 Chess Training

Dragon Chess Camp - 7-11 July 2014 After winning the U1200 National High School Chess Championships in San Diego this spring, the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School Chess Team is preparing to host Dragon Chess Camp for a second consecutive summer. This camp, like last year, is organized by experienced players on the MLWGS Chess Team, and is further supported by advanced players from the Richmond Community. This camp is open to chess players of all levels, from complete beginner to advanced scholastic player. Visit for all details, including registration!

11th Annual Western Invitational Chess Camp – 13-17 July 2014: 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 18-20, 2014 at same hotel as camp. Ratings/Groups: Camp is divided into groups based on ratings. Top Group is 2100+. 2013 Camp featured 19 players over 2100!! Plus another 22 students divided into two groups rated between 1900-2099. Minimum rating required is 1500 USCF (limited exceptions to rating requirement if approved by camp organizer. 2014 Camp Instructors: GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Melik Khachiyan, GM Julio Sadorra, GM Alexander Yermolinsky, IM John Bartholomew, IM Levon Altounian, IM Danny Rensch, and IM-Elect Robby Adamson. Camp location: Tucson El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ – 4 star resort. Contact: Robby Adamson, Camp Director; Invitation Chess Camp; 520.577.6799