Chess Program

Office of the Executive Vice President

Summer Camps

Summer Camps The UT Dallas Chess Program spreads enthusiasm for the game year-round.

Summer chess camps engage children in intellectual pursuit while building social skills. Many campers return year after year to build their skills and see friends. Some campers even bring their parents or grandparents for friendly familial competition!

Registration begins each winter for the following summer’s camps. Check back often to receive discounts and ensure their spot at the chess boards.


Jim Stallings, Camp Director
[email protected]

Ages and Classes

Classes are for kids 7-14.

Classes are small with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Kids are grouped by ability, age, experience and instructor assessment. UT Dallas Chess Camp will attempt to group friends and relatives upon request.

Choose the session that fits your child’s schedule: Morning sessions run from 9 a.m. – noon and afternoon sessions run from 1 – 4 p.m.

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

Adult Classes

We offer an Absolute Beginners Class (ABC) for adults with little or no chess knowledge.

  • Adults will learn chess basics and how to organize scholastic chess clubs and participate in tournaments
  • ABC sessions are available morning or afternoon all weeks.
  • 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.


UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) in Richardson, TX

Dates and Cost

2018 Camp Dates
June 11-15 June 18-22
July 16-20 July 23-27

Session Times

  • Morning sessions: 9a.m.-noon.
  • Afternoon sessions: 1-4p.m.
On of before April 3 $215
On or before Jun 12 $245
After June 12 $265

Tuition is the same for children’s camps and ABC camps. If a child enrolls with an adult, the two camper discount may apply (see special discount rates below.)

Parents may pay $75 per week in advance, or pay a daily fee of $20.

Extended Hours

  • Morning extended hours are 7:30-9:00a.m.
  • Afternoon extended hours are 4-5:30 p.m. (Note: An extra $1 per minute will be charged after 5:30 p.m.)

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.
  • Teachers get a $50 discount (only available for the Adult ABC Class.)

Only one discount is applicable


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.