Summer Camps by Rose City Chess

Rose City Chess presents a series of week-long training camps led by Oregon’s top players and coaches, including 3X Oregon Champion and USCF National Master Matt Zavortink, National Master Wilson Gibbins, and Rose City Chess Founder Chad Lykins, with support from Oregon Chess Project Summer Fellows. Each camp will be led by at least one Senior Coach and one Summer Fellow.

All camps will be 100% in-person at the Portland Chess Club. Students will be grouped according to playing strength. Students receive a free Chess Steps workbook suitable for their level.

Each day includes dedicated time for USCF rated games, instruction, tactical puzzles, positional studies, and analysis of games. We typically schedule a less strenuous (and more silly) activity to give us a break in the afternoon, like chess movies, chess variants (such as blitz, bughouse, blindfold, Chess960, and lucky chess). And maybe ice skating! Our beginner students usually need this break. Our older students can use this time to get extra rated games or more personalized feedback from one of the coaches.


Location: Portland Chess Club, Lloyd Center Mall, 2025 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232

Dates and Times: All camps run from 9am-4pm.

June 20-July 24, June 27-July1, July 25-July 30, August 1-August 5, August 8-August 12, August 15-August 19, August 22-August 26

Enrollment: Minimum 10 students; Maximum 24

Ages: 2nd-8th grade (students should have completed 1st grade prior to camp) (High School and College students are encouraged to apply for paid positions as Oregon Chess Project Summer Fellows.)