2021 Prairie Chess Camp

July 19 - 23, 2021

The 2021 Prairie Chess Camp enrollment is currently full. Registration is closed.

Click here to see current enrollment.

Please contact James Hodina at james.hodina@chessiniowa.org with any questions.

Beginners track for K-3!

Senior Master Alex Betaneli will lead a tract to teach players chess for the first time!

You won't believe how much fun learning chess can be until you come to the one week Prairie Chess Camp!


The Prairie Chess Camp an all-day camp, Monday through Friday, July 19 through July 23. The camp runs from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Parents may drop off and pick up to 30 minutes prior to and after the camp hours.


The Prairie Chess Camp will be held again at the Prairie Point Middle School (next door to The Kirkwood Hotel).

Instruction is provided by FIDE Master's Alex Betaneli and Erik Santarius of the Wisconsin Chess Academy and Iowa's own USCF Masters James Neal and Arshaq Saleem.


Please complete the registration to reserve your spot. The registration fee is $280, which includes lunch and a morning and afternoon snack.


Transportation to/from Iowa City West High School will also be made available. A College Community School District (a.k.a. Prairie) school bus will pick up at Iowa City West High School at 7:30 am, arriving at Prairie Point at 8:00 am. The bus will leave Prairie Point at 4:30 pm and drop off back Iowa City West at 5:00 pm. This service is available for a 5-day price of $50 per person. You may register for these transportation services with your camp registration for a total of $330.

2021 Prairie Chess Camp Participants and Staff

Senior Master

Alex Betaneli

International Master

Erik Santarius

Wisconsin State Champion in 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2012. He frequently writes for the most widely read American chess magazine Chess Life. Alex’s students consistently win titles at both state and national levels.

Erik Santarius was awarded the title of International Master (IM) in 2018. He was the Wisconsin State Champion in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013. Erik’s students consistently win awards in individual and team competitions.