Chess Camp

of the Rockies

Monday, June 19, 2023 – Friday, June 23, 2023

Monday, July 17, 2023 – Friday, July 21, 2023


Announcing The 2023 Chess Camp of the Rockies!

This unique and fun chess camp is brought to you through the partnership of two great Colorado chess enterprises, Summit School of Chess and MasterMind Chess. This prestigious camp boasts 3 National Masters with a combined 15 Colorado State Chess Championships between them!


Monday, June 19, 2023 – Friday, June 23, 2023
Monday, July 17, 2023 – Friday, July 21, 2023


Jefferson County Fairgrounds -
Main Exhibit, Hall 3, 15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd, Golden, CO 80401


Sample Daily Schedule

09:00 – 09:30 AMChess Lesson
09:30 – 10:15 AMGames and Exercises illustrating the lesson
10:15 – 10:30 AMBREAK (Physical activities/snack)
10:30 – 11:00 AMChess Lesson
11:00 – 12:00 PMGame Play and Master Analysis
12:00 – 01:00 PMLUNCH
01:00 – 01:30 PMChess Lesson
01:30 – 02:15 PMGames and Exercises illustrating the lesson
02:15 – 02:30 PMBREAK (Physical activities/snack)
02:30 – 03:00 PMChess Lesson
03:00 – 04:00 PMGame Play and Master Analysis

This camp will feature a world-class chess curriculum
created specifically for each of the three skill levels:


Players who are just starting out, or players who know how the pieces move but are still learning all the ins, outs and strategies of the game

Intermediate Players

Players who know how to play an entire game and may have some familiarity with how to checkmate. These players might also know a few tactics and plans but need developing!

Advanced Players

Players who have played in many rated tournaments and are looking for a super-charged, super-challenging camp with expert/master level classes and tutorials

The entire camp is organized around the concept of teaching important chess concepts and ideas in extraordinarily fun and creative ways! We utilize games, trivia and more to help the students really retain the
information they are being given.

At the conclusion of these camps, the students will have mastered the concepts being taught while at the same time, having a blast! These June and July camps are being limited to 50 students per camp with 3 National Master coaches and three assistant coaches to keep the student/teacher ratio 8:1. This way we can focus on each student as an individual!

Special Discount on Registering before March 30th

Full Day

Register before May 15th = $399.00
Late registrations after May 15th = $439.00

Half Day

Register before May 15th = $279.00
Late registration after May 15th = $299.00

3-Day Camps

Late registration after May 15th = $299.00

1-Day Drop

Late registration after May 15th = $119.00

Meet Our Staff

Jesse Cohen
National Master


Griffin McConnell
National Master


Sullivan McConnell
National Master


Fun & Learn @ Summit School of Chess

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National Master Jesse Cohen is very passionate about coaching young chess enthusiasts of today so that they can turn into chess masters of tomorrow. Through this website, he has made a sincere effort to offer invaluable Chess Lessons for budding learners to raise their chess playing skills to a whole new level. The primary purpose of these lessons is to develop a sound understanding of the strategies involved in the game, and how to execute them in real-time during a live game of chess.

Griffin McConnell is a National Master and a three-time Colorado State Chess Champion who has been teaching chess since he was 12. He has taught chess at The Challenge School, The Manning School and developed a chess club for children with disabilities at both The Havern School and Reach Charter
School. In 2019, Griffin was invited to participate in the Confederation Cup for People with Disabilities in Ankara, Turkey. He was the only player to win all of his matches and was awarded the “best player in the
tournament” prize by the tournament organizers. In 2021, Griffin launched ChessAbilities Inc. a non-profit entity dedicated to helping promote chess and chess opportunities for children with disabilities. In 2022, ChessAbilities Inc. hosted the 1 st North American Chess Camp for children with disabilities.

Sullivan McConnell is a National Master, Life Master and seven-time Colorado State Chess Champion who started chess coaching when he was 10. Sullivan taught the most advanced level children for the Challenge School and was the youngest coach ever hired by the school. Sullivan became a National Master at 12 and at the age of 13, tied with International Master Michael Mulyar, as the youngest Colorado State Closed Champion in Colorado history. Sullivan is currently the second highest rated
player in Colorado and is ranked #9 in the country for his age.