Chess board in play

Chess Masters Camp

Break out the board and line up the pieces. Your camper will learn the game, master the moves, and hone their critical thinking skills in this challenging weeklong camp.

Camps run M-F until August 20
$195 • Ages 5 to 13 • 6-9 campers


Nemo Qiyu Zhou

Nemo Qiyu Zhou
Chess Master

Get ready to make the first move!

Girl on the floor playing chess

Daily Strategy Sessions

From opening moves to gambit strategies, your future grandmaster will have fun learning from an expert instructor. Lesson material is inspired by our featured guest stars and partners.

Day 1: Opening Moves
Review the rules of the game and then immerse in the strategy of the ever-important opening moves to strategically open your board. Then practice those new skills against new friends.

Day 2: Middlegame Strategy
Chess is all about tempting your opponent to make mistakes, while avoiding mistakes of your own. Master the art of using forks and pins to gain an advantage, while reading and anticipating your opponent’s plans, too.

Day 3: Checkmate Challenge
Most chess matches end without a winner or a loser (a tie is called a stalemate), because even when you have the advantage it’s hard to force that final checkmate. Learn strategies for getting that checkmate when you’re up...and for avoiding it while you’re down.

Day 4: The Gambits
Most people know the term gambit, but far fewer know how to play, accept, and deny gambits. Explore the various gambits so that you can initiate your favorites and protect against your opponent’s favorites.

Day 5:Tournament Challenge
The best part about chess? It’s fun to let’s play! Practice your new strategies in a friendly tournament that will crown the camp chessmaster, and ensure a fun day of competition for everyone.

Student holding tablet

AfterCamp Checkmate Challenges

There’s more to master after the day’s lesson is over. Campers can log into the Learning Lab for even more fun activities and practice challenges led by featured guest stars.

Children playing chess

Unplug Projects

Don’t put the pieces away just yet. To reinforce those critical thinking lessons, your camper will get a set of hands-on activities to help them perfect their game away from the computer screen.

Child playing chess while watching tutorial on computer

Chess Masters StarCourses

As a Chess Masters camper, your young player will be invited to our upcoming live Chess Masters StarCourses. They’ll get a chance to hear from featured experts and learn why the game has captured the interest of so many for so long.

Camp Dates & Times

Chess Masters Camp

Week-long camps, available June - August

  • About 9 campers per camp
  • 2-hour daily sessions + bonus activities
  • Special content from featured guest stars

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