The Charlotte Chess Center will hold its fourth annual Elite Chess Camp in July 2021, which will feature 3 world renowned trainers and many of the nation’s top junior players.  This camp provides 30+ hours of the highest level of instruction available.


July 19-23, 2021

Students who wish to couple the camp with a tournament may choose to play the

3rd Charlotte Masters from July 16-18.

Enrollment Information:

  • Groups are assigned based on age, rating, and experience.  The approximate group ranges are:

    • Group 1 – 2200+ peak USCF rating

    • Group 2 – 2050-2200 peak USCF rating

    • Group 3 – 1900-2050 peak USCF rating

  • Talented students rated 1800+ may request an exception to enroll by emailing us.

  • There may be a “super group” for players rated over 2400 if there is enough interest.

  • All three groups will spend 90 minutes each day with each of the four instructors for a total of 6+ hours of serious training each day.



Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy

10700 Kettering Drive, Unit E

Charlotte, NC 28226

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425 Towne Centre Blvd.

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Register Using the Form Below


Day Schedule:

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Head Coach

  • Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer from Scotland

  • World’s leading chess trainer and author     

  • 4-time Olympiad representative

  • Former British and Scottish national champion

  • Trainer of GMs Boris Gelfand, Sam Shankland, Sabino Brunello, Surya Ganguly, Indian women’s national team



Head Coach

  • Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer from Israel

  • Peak FIDE Rating 2668, Top 50 in the world

  • Leading opening theoretician and 10-time Quality Chess Author

  • World U12 Champion, 6-time Olympiad representative, competed in 2002 FIDE World Championship, two-time Israeli national champion

  • Trainer of GMs Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Gelfand, Teimour Radjabov, Israeli national team



Head Coach

  • American Grandmaster, many time U.S. Championship contender

  • Peak FIDE rating 2647

  • Youngest published chess author in history

  • World Youth Under 12 Champion

  • Graduate of Stanford University

  • Top chess streamer and commentator

  • Charlotte Chess Center Resident Grandmaster


Students should pack lunch daily.


The CCCSA will not provide lunch to students. All students will have an assigned table for the week. Students will eat lunch at their assigned table.


$975.00 until June 22

$1100.00 after June 22

GM/IM: $400 Discount

Campers who register for the Charlotte Masters by June 22 will get a $100 discount on the tournament entry fee. Campers who commit after June 22 will pay full entry fee.

Refunds: $300 penalty for refunds before July 1. No refunds after July 1

Other Notes:

Instructor Topics of Discussion

All students will receive PDF handouts and PGN files and a camp t-shirt.

Optional Evening Activities are free for camp participants and will include open lectures with camp instructors, a rated blitz tournament with prizes, and a pizza party.


  • Sunday – Open lecture with GM Jacob Aagaard (7:30-8:30pm)

  • Monday – Open lecture with GM Boris Avrukh (6:30-7:45pm)

  • Tuesday – Tuesday Night Action USCF-Rated Game (7:00-9:15pm)

  • Wednesday – Open lecture with GM Daniel Naroditsky (6:30-7:30pm)

  • Thursday – Pizza party and rated blitz tournament (6:30-9:00pm)

  • Friday – Pictures, book signing, etc. (5:30-6:30pm)

Covid Safety Measures:

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations

  • Daily cleaning of facilities

  • Spacing

    • The CCCSA has a 2500 sq ft facility. There will be plenty of freeflow and spacing for the children and instructors.

Effective June 21, 2021

Masks and temperature checks will not be required. Participants may wear a mask if they choose to.


On May 14, North Carolina dropped most capacity restrictions, social distancing measures, and mask mandates for businesses. We wanted to give our members a chance to get acquainted with those changes. We now feel as though the mask requirement at the CCCSA is no longer needed.


See Governor Cooper's Executive Order 215 for more details.