Make Your Move! 

Dean of Chess Academy
3322 Route 22 West • Branchburg, NJ 08876

Summer Chess Camps

DEAN OF CHESS ACADEMY has been running educational, fun filled chess camps for over fourteen years. Dean Ippolito and his team of elite chess teachers work to promote improved chess knowledge, good sportsmanship and self-confidence through chess.



Regardless of your chess ability, we have the camp for you.  We offer beginner, semi-advanced (tournament players rated 600 - 1000), and advanced (tournament players rated over 1000) chess camp sessions.  Each camp section is limited to 12 students. Camp begins with an evaluation of chess playing ability. Students will be grouped based upon age, experience, instructor evaluation and session option. Our instructor to student ratio will allow for much individualized attention. Concepts are taught in an entertaining manner and are reinforced with worksheets, practice games, analysis, guest lectures, game shows (chess jeopardy), and computer chess games. All students will be taught chess notation. Towards the end of the week, we will concentrate on tournament play. Students will play tournaments with one to two rounds per day. Students will have their games analyzed with the instructor upon completion.

We will end camp with a tournament, Friday pizza party and awards ceremony.   Students will receive many prizes and chess equipment suited to their individual needs as part of the camp.  Tailored suggestions for upcoming study, tournament play, and more. We will recommend specific training programs, tournament schedule, and resources for each individual student. Students tend to improve very rapidly in the months following the camp and will gain a valuable perspective on how to train on their own.

INSTRUCTORS Our team of instructors will be lead by New Jersey Chess Teacher of the Year, International Master of Chess Dean Ippolito and includes many other elite award winning coaches.

LOCATION  Dean of Chess Academy, 3322 US Highway Route 22 West, Building 15, Suite 1501, Branchburg, NJ 08876

CONTACT (908)595-0066

CAMP DATES  June 26 – June 30, July 3* - July 7; July 10 - July 14; July 17 – July 21; July 24 – July 28 & August 7- August 11.  There will be no camp on July 4th.

CAMP LEVELS    Master Advanced week of July 10 (taught exclusively by Dean Ippolito);   Semi-Advanced and General camps are available all 6weeks.  We will tailor material for students.

FEES AND REFUNDS  Full day $575. Half Day $375.  $100 cancellation fee if the student cancels.

PAYMENTS You may register online at or you may fill out this form and return to DOCA.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash or checks made payable to Dean Ippolito, LLC.

$40 REGISTRATION FEE Includes camp T-shirt, scorebook, worksheets, binder, snacks, Friday pizza party at 12pm, and a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes! No registration fee for repeat campers.

BEFORE/AFTER CARE  We offer Before/After Care at a rate of $12/hr.  Drop off at 8am.  Pick up from 4pm – 6pm.  Your may sign up for Before/After Care during the week of camp.  Please indicate in advance if you are interested in this service, so we are prepared for it.  Actual charges do not take place until the last day of your camp week. Pick ups that take place 15 minutes after the hour will be subject to full extended hourly rate of $12/hr. 

DISCOUNTS   $50 off for each additional week of Full Day Camps attended by the same student. $25 off for each additional week of Half Day Camps attended by the same student.   $50 off for Sibling registered for the same Full Day week of camp. $25 off for Sibling registered for the same Half Day week of camp.  $20 off of 1st full day camp only for active DOCA members.  $10 off of 1st half day camp only for active DOCA members.

SNACKS Will be provided by DOCA.

LUNCH  Campers may bring lunch from home, or may order for the week from Giovannis. DOCA has partnered with Giovannis in Branchburg, NJ to provide your child a healthy lunch option.  This weekly lunch option is for Monday through Thursday. (Fridays DOCA will provide a pizza party.)




8:00 am 

Arrival of before-care students. 

8:45 am

Arrival of students.

9:00 am

Warm-up exercises.

9:15 am

Chess Lesson #1 and chess game play.

10:00 am

Snack break. Provided from home.

10:15 am

Free play.

10:45 am

Organized activity: Tournament, Game Analysis, Slow Game, Bughouse, or Puzzle Contest.

12 noon

Lunch (provided from home) and free play for full day students. Departure of all morning students.

12:45 pm

Arrival of afternoon students.

1:00 pm

Chess Lesson #2 and chess game play.

2:00 pm

Snack break. Provided by chess club.

2:15 pm

Free play.

2:45 pm

Organized activity: Tournament, Game Analysis, Slow Game, Bughouse, or Puzzle Contest.

4:00 pm

Departure of students.

5:00 - 6:00pm

Departure of after-care students. 


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