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Diplomat Chess Camp

Basking Ridge & Virtual
Rising Grades 1 - 6
Weeks in June, July, August View All
Half Day
Partner Program
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$375 / in-person half day week
$190 / week of 90-min virtual sessions

Course Description

Spend a week learning chess with Diplomat Chess! We have taught chess to thousands of children, including state and national champions, but the majority of our students are casual players that are looking to learn and have fun.

We are trying to accommodate as many preferences as possible this summer, and therefore will be offering an in-person camp as well as a separate virtual option.

The morning sessions will be held in-person at the Basking Ridge campus from 9am-12pm. Students will have several group lessons throughout each day, with each lesson focused on a different aspect of chess improvement. There will be plenty of opportunities to play games with fellow campers, and we will also host special competitions (chess puzzle solving, tournaments, etc) with prizes. There will be breaks for fresh air recess and snack.

A separate virtual program will run from 1pm-2:30pm hosted on our dedicated online classroom, and Zoom. Each day, campers will participate in an interactive group lesson followed by a tournament-style game against a fellow camper. We will conclude each class with post-game analysis of the recently completed games, in which we review the moves as a class to identify mistakes, missed opportunities, and generally improve the players’ chess thought process. Game analysis is one of the best ways to improve because the feedback is tailored to each camper’s game.

The two programs will each feature different lessons each week, so there won’t be any overlap for students that register for multiple sessions.


2021 Dates

Weeks In-Person Camp Times (Basking Ridge) Virtual Camp Times
June 14 – 18 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
June 21 – 25 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
June 28 – July 2 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
July 6 – 9 (4-day week) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
July 19 – 23 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
July 26 – 30 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
August 9 – 13 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Camp Credentials

  • Diplomat Chess is directed by Robert Lazorchak, who is a United States Chess Federation Advanced Coach and Tournament Director, FIDE Instructor, and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching.

Drop-off/Pick-up Location

Middle School Entrance

What to Pack

  • A water bottle

What to Expect

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