OleChess Camp

COVID-19 Camp Update:
April 29, 2020

For the health and safety of all who participate in our summer youth programs, St. Olaf will not be hosting face-to-face programs on our campus.

We are committed to keeping you updated on any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures. If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact us at 507.786.3031 or summer@stolaf.edu.

April 13, 2020

We hope you and your family are well.

The college has made the decision to cancel all camps, conferences and events scheduled to occur on campus this summer. The impact of the continuing spread of COVID-19 and the need to align tightly with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guide this decision.

We regret having to make this decision, in particular because we were looking forward to our campers living and learning the Ole experience on campus with us.  Nonetheless, the health and safety of our campers, students, employees and visitors are our top priority and, at this time, that means not having events and groups on campus.

We regret that the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this decision. It is our fervent hope that we will see you at one of our summer programs in the future.

Please accept our best wishes for good health and safety for you and your family.

OleChess offers a week of quality instruction and chess-related activities featuring some of the world’s premier players and teachers. Chess players of all ages, abilities, and experience levels will enjoy a week filled with classes, demonstrations, lectures, tournaments, and games, games, and more games with fellow chess enthusiasts.

Minnesota – Premier national chess camp with five class options.
Featuring instruction by GMs Kaidanov, Goldin, Gurevich, Yermolinsky, and Shulman and WGM Baginskaite.

Before camp: OleChess Summer Tournament with $1,050 in prizes, open and reserve sections, 4 round at G/61, d5.

OleChess Camp Sessions:

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Campers are assigned to classes based on factors including the camper’s registered section, age and ability. Class assignment decisions rest with the camp staff.

Additional Events/Class Offerings



•  Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. camp check-in, followed by an orientation, meeting, dinner, and exhibition against class instructor.

•  Monday – Thursday:
Daily morning tournaments and afternoon class sessions filled with players analyzing the game with their instructors; three daily class sessions with their base or rotating teacher, and evening tournaments or special activities.

•  Friday, 11 a.m. closing ceremony with trophies awarded to winners in all competitions. Family and friends are invited.

A partially rotating instructional schedule allows participants to study with a variety of teachers during the camp.

Payment Information

Registration Information

Registration Information

Register now with our secure online form youth, adult (18+) or complete a printable registration form on your computer and send it via mail or fax. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached. When completing the online form please see the following options to the right.

Register Now - Youth

Payment Options

Payment Options

Option 1: Pay in Full.
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information. Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.

Option 2: Deposit Only.
Submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your athletes spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day. Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.

Refund & Late Fee Policy

Refund & Late Fee Policy

Refund Policy:

Written cancellations (post or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds given within four weeks of camp start date, but substitutions are accepted.

Late Fee Policy:

• Registration received prior to April 30 no late fee will be applied.

• Registration received between May 1 and May 31 a $50 late fee will be applied.

• Registration received after June 1 a $100 late fee will be applied.

Frequently Asked Questions


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