OleChess Camp

Dear Summer partners, campers and friends,

We all know 2020 did not go as any of us thought it would and hope that you, your friends, and your families are safe and well.

St. Olaf continues to monitor and assess the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, locally and nationally as we look toward the spring and at what may be possible for this summer.

At this time, there is no way to know how summer 2021 will look, but we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make summer plans according to the data and guidance from public health officials.

A decision for summer 2021 programs will be made by April 2, 2021.

Please know we are eager to return to some sense of normalcy and again welcome guests on St. Olaf’s campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

We miss our campers and summer friends and will remain hopeful.

St. Olaf Events Team

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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