Chess Camp Overview

The Tennis Club of Riverdale and CianoChess have combined to bring a unique summer chess camp to the New York City area. CianoChess Camp will give children the opportunity for the intellectual rewards of learning chess between fun sessions of swimming and participating in organized sports and fitness games!

About the Sponsors

TCR is a comprehensive, 110,000 sq ft, multi-sport family membership club. Its facilities include six air-cooled indoor tennis and basketball courts, a state-of-the-art golf center, a Junior Olympic sized swimming pool, a gym, and full spa. TCR also features Grill 26, a high-quality restaurant that offers its guests everything from chicken fingers to Classic Steak dinners, and whose services range from traditional dining to family brunches and private events.

Founded in 2010, CianoChess is a sports-education company that provides premiere training from a positive social perspective. Under the guidance of professional educators, we have designed a customized learning system that incorporates accelerated learning techniques with advanced computer software to fulfill our mission of developing the next generation in American chess. While we are young, and there is still much to do, we are proud to have achieved a number of significant milestones on the road toward that goal.

About Our Trainer

strippolchronisInternational Grandmaster Alex Stripunsky (at far left) is known as “America’s Premiere Chess Coach”. GM Stripunsky is a disciplined fitness buff who can exercise and teach with equal vigor. He has coached many of the top young players in the country, including International Master Jake Kleiman, FIDE Masters Parker Zhao and Teddy Coleman, and National Master Joshua Colas (7th grade National Champion in 2010).

Among many highlights of GM Stripunsky’s career:

  • Tied for First at the US Chess Championship (2005)
  • Tied for First at the Philadelphia Open (2010)
  • Continental Open Champion
  • National Chess Congress Champion
  • Selected to coach the United States Women’s Chess Olympic team.


We take great care with the all-important job of transporting our kids. We use only TCR company-owned vehicles and our own year-round driver staff. Pickups and dropoffs are door-to-door; all students must wear seat belts, and they will be dropped off in front of their home, on the home side of the street. Our drivers will not leave until a doorman or member of the residence receives the child. Pickups are between 8am and 9am, and dropoffs are between 5pm and 5:30pm, depending on the location of the home.

Lunch & Snacks

Campers will benefit from a complimentary buffet lunch this camp season. If desired, snacks, drinks, and lunch alternatives are also available for purchase.

Chess Camp Rates

Number of weeks Without transportation With transportation
1 – 2 weeks $700 $875
3 – 7 weeks $650 $825
8+ weeks $600 $775
JD Rate $550 $725

You are welcome to download a printable Chess Camp application, or feel free to contact me using the short form below.  Thank you for your interest!

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