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2023 NYOS Summer Chess Camp

Description: A full day, week-long chess camp hosted by NYOS Charter School.  Located on the north side of Austin, the camp is open to all scholastic chess players, and is run by Mr. Gary Gaiffe

Campers will be broken into skill level groups.  Different topics will be covered depending on which group the camper is in.  From tactics to positional play, game analysis to variant play, the camp will be both instructional and entertaining.  The final day will include a camp-wide tournament.

Dates and Times:  July 17-21; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NYOS Charter School
12301 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78753

Registration and Payment information:  Coming soon!

Questions:  Contact Gary Gaiffe at or 512-426-7841

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1st Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy In-Person USCF Rated Tournament

We are now hosting our 1st Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy In-Person USCF Rated Tournament on March 19, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  

All players will be divided into two sections:
SECTION A: 1,000+ USCF rated
SECTION B: Under 1,000 USCF rated and/or unrated.
**If there are not enough players in a given section, we reserve the right to merge them**

● G/35, d5.
● 35 minutes per player with a 5-second delay.

● March official USCF ratings will be used.
● Unofficial USCF ratings will be used if unrated or to play in a
higher section.
● Players must reveal foreign, FIDE, and other over-the-board
ratings. These ratings will be adjusted, if necessary, and may be
used if they are higher than USCF ratings.

4-Round Swiss System Schedule
●  1st round: 9:00 AM
●  2nd round: 10:30 AM
●  Lunch break: 12:00 PM
●  3rd round: 1:00 PM.
●  4th round: 2:30 PM.
●  Closing ceremony: After the last game finishes.
NOTE: Half-point byes are acceptable for all rounds, limit 1. Must commit before the 1st round.

PLAYERS MAY NOT POSSESS CELL PHONES DURING THE TOURNAMENT. Any violators may be subject to disqualification and forfeiture.

●  Online: $30 at by March 17, 2023
●  On-site: $40 via PayPal or cash (if space is available)
For additional questions, please contact us at
Link for registration:
To learn more about us, visit our website at

Please contact us at for any additional questions or concerns. 

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St Andrews Chess Camp

Description: A full-day, week-long chess camp, hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School at their Shoal Creek Campus from June 26-June 30, 2023.  The camp will be run by Gary Gaiffe and a team of local chess instructors. All scholastic players are invited to register!

Registration is now open!
Camp website:
Registration will be available at the link above.

Camp information
Camp dates: Camp week #5, June 26 – June 30, 2023.
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Price: $550
Location: 31st St. Campus
Teacher: St. Andrew’s Summer Camp Specialist, Gary Gaiffe
Target audience: kids grades 2 – 8

Chess Camp includes formal instruction and play, plus a camp-wide tournament at the end of the week! Beginners learn basic chess theory, game objectives, piece movement, game and tournament rules. Intermediates study chess analysis and decision-making, tactics, checkmate patterns and tournament strategies. Advanced students are taught more sophisticated chess techniques and decision-making, complex tactics, calculated and intuitive sacrifices, opening and endgame analysis.

Contact instructor Gary Gaiffe,, 512-426-7841 with questions as to camp content and appropriateness for your students.

For all other questions, including those regarding registration procedures, please contact the Summer Camp office,

Please visit the camp website before making inquiries. The website covers the topics of early arrival and aftercare, drop-off and pick-up, lunch and supervision, student conduct, class sizes, cancellation policy, and covid guidelines.