About Summer Chess Camps

A youth at the 2015 chess summer camp raising his hand to ask a question

View the 2017 summer camp brochure

Make the right move for your child this summer! Chess develops your child’s reading and math ability, critical and analytical thinking skills, and builds character and self-esteem. But don’t tell the kids...they think chess is fun!

UT Dallas Chess Camp instructors include top-ranked and internationally recognized winners of various collegiate chess tournaments. Camp tuition includes a souvenir T-shirt, a chess board and pieces, trophy, certificate, score book and group photo (snacks and drinks are also provided). Classes are grouped by ability, age, experience and instructor assessment. Classes are small with a low student-to-teacher ratio.


• 7-14

Camp groups include

  • Beginners, who master the basic rules and fundamentals of chess
  • Intermediate players, who build on basic chess knowledge with key strategies and ideas
  • Advanced players, who sharpen their competitive edge with advanced strategies for tournament play

Choose the session that fits your child’s schedule: morning sessions are from 9 a.m. - noon, and afternoon sessions are from 1 - 4 p.m.

Enroll your child for multiple weeks and watch their chess skills improve over the summer.

UT Dallas also offers an Absolute Beginners Class (ABC) for adults with little or no chess knowledge. In addition to learning the basics, adults will learn how to organize scholastic chess clubs and participate in tournaments. ABC sessions are available morning or afternoon all weeks.

2017 Summer Camp Details


Chess camps are held in the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.
JSOM on the UT Dallas Campus map


  • June 12-16
  • June 19-23
  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21

Forms for Campers

Please note: All four forms must be sent in if you are paying by credit card. Registration will not be complete without the return of all four forms.

Needed for ABC campers

Cost - $265 Weekly
The UT Dallas chess team coach helping a child in the chess camp

Weekly Rates - Choose Either Morning or Afternoon

  • Morning Sessions Register (price is per week)
  • Before April 3 - $215
  • Before June 12 - $245
  • After June 12 - $265
  • Afternoon Sessions Register (price is per week)
  • Before April 3 - $215
  • Before June 12 - $245
  • After June 12 - $265
  • Morning only sessions (9 a.m. - noon):
  • Afternoon only session (1 - 4 p.m.):

To recap, prices change on certain dates. Register early and save.
Pay by April 3 - $215
Pay by June 12 - $245
Pay after June 12 - $265

Extended playing classes are available.
Morning extended hours are 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Afternoon extended hours are 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Parents may pay $75 per week in advance, or pay a daily fee of $20.
NOTE: There is an additional $1.00 per minute charged after 5:30 p.m

UT Dallas Chess Camp will attempt to group friends and relatives upon request.

Adult Beginners Class

  • ABC tuition is the same as above unless a child is enrolled with the adult. If enrolled together, the two camper discount may apply (see below).
  • Adults can sign up for any of the sessions
  • If enough adults register at the same session, the ABC Class will be only adults. Otherwise, adults will be with younger campers.

Special Discount Rates

  • UT Dallas faculty, staff, students and alumni receive a $25 discount.
  • Families with two or more campers receive a $25 discount per child.
  • New education discount of $50 for teachers. (Note: Only available for the Adult ABC Class)

Only one discount is applicable.


Please Note: Filling out the online camper forms for pre-registration is mandatory for either Credit Card or Check payment. First-day information will be sent to your email address.

A boy in chess camp playing with the life-size chess pieces in Chess Plaza

Credit Card Payment

You can pay with a credit card at our UT Dallas Marketplace store:

When paying by credit card through Marketplace, the camper forms (listed above) must be mailed to:
James Stallings, Camp Director
800 West Campbell Road, FO55
Richardson, TX 75080-3021


A cancellation fee of $105 will be deducted from the tuition refund if cancellation is made more than three business days in advance of the first day of class.

No refunds are given if cancellation is made less than three days prior to the first day of class, except for medical emergencies.

Other Helpful Information

E-mail: James Stallings
Phone: 972-883-4899
Map showing campus area
UT Dallas campus map


If you are interesting in carpooling with other Chess Camp attendees, please send an email to Director Jim Stallings with your city and phone number and he can assist in finding possible carpoolers for you.