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Chess Summer Camp On Long Island

Learn How To Play Chess

Chess Lessons For Beginners & Strategies For Advanced Players

Usdan’s Chess Department is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each player, whether that person is a new or experienced competitor. 

The Usdan Chess Ladder groups students in varying levels, from absolute novices to advanced tournament players. New players learn rules, notation, and the opening, middle, and end games. Advanced players develop a vast repertoire of complex strategies and the ability to apply them in-game. Chess players at camp benefit from improved problem-solving, critical thinking, and concentration. Students hone their skills through game-play and tutoring in competitive chess tournaments and exciting team competitions. Chess faculty are highly ranked tournament players with decades of experience. 

Chess Majors take place in our spacious Maurice B. Hexter Center, which will be well ventilated, with all doors and windows open.

For up-to-date information on COVID procedures in the Chess Department, please visit our COVID Updates page.

In addition to their three-period Major, Chess students enjoy a rotating one-period Recreational Activity every day with their group. Visit our Recreational Arts page for more information.


For over fifty years, Usdan has offered an enriching summer camp experience to children all over the region, from Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn in New York City, to Port Washington and Huntington, and all over Nassau and Suffolk counties. Usdan offers busing to and from camp from convenient central pickup locations. For more information on busing, please visit our Transportation page



ALMOST FULL: Chess (Grades 2- 6)

Available for 4-Week A Block 1, 4-Week B Block 1 sessions.
Major classes.

ALMOST FULL: Chess (Grades 6- 12)

Available for 4-Week A Block 2, 4-Week B Block 2 sessions.
Major classes.

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Department Faculty & Staff

Brian Karen

Faculty, Chess


Joel Salman

Faculty, Chess