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   Welcome to the Georgia Chess Association (GCA), a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting an actively engaged chess community in Georgia for both adults and junior players.  


   For events targeted to adult, collegiate, or strong scholastic players, please refer to the Open Events section below.  School-age chess players (Kindergarten through High School) and their parents will find the Scholastic Chess section an excellent starting point to learn about tournaments, chess clubs, and summer camps, as well as a source of general information about individual and school team competition. Additional material, including tournament photos, can be found on Facebook under the search Georgia Chess Association.

  To read about chess news and players in Georgia, please visit our on-line magazine Georgia Chess News.


Thank you to LexisNexis!

LexisNexis is generously sponsoring two of our upcoming tournaments.  At our popular, annual MLK Tournament on January 16, LexisNexis is funding the charity project that our scholastic players participate in between their rounds. Students will assemble backpacks full of school supplies for newly arrived refugee children and personal hygiene kits for their families, all of which will be delivered to a local charity for distribution to needy families. An important, well appreciated project!


LexisNexis is also sponsoring a new tournament at their headquarters for strong players seeking to reach the Expert level of play. The Expert Norm 1: Road to Expert Mastery will be held on Saturday, January 21. Our players are in for a treat at LexisNexis' beautiful corporate office. 


On behalf of GCA and our players, 

Thank You, LexisNexis!

2016-17 Tournament Schedule

See and print the full 2016-17 schedule of GCA tournaments (October through April) here.

Featured Events

Metro Atlanta K-8 Team State Qualifier - Saturday, February 4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Sections for school team competition: K-1, K-3, K-5, and 6-8 (middle school). Register as an individual, compete as a team member, but sign up by January 30!  Four rounds, unrated, $30 entry fee, team trophies awarded.

Open Events

Single and multi-day tournaments are available year-round for players of all ages, many of which offer cash prizes to top scoring competitors as well as state championship titles.


Scholastic Chess

Scholastic events are hosted for Kindergarten through 12th Grade students enrolled in public, private, home-based, and independent study schools.  Tournaments range from beginner to statewide championships and allow students to compete as individuals and/or as members of a school team.  Scholastic tournaments may be rated (USCF membership required, to join) or unrated, and players compete for trophies, stipends and individual or school rankings.  Tournaments are typically one full weekend day, although some beginner tournaments may take place in a single afternoon, while experienced players may compete in multi-day scholastic tournaments. 


Upcoming GCA Events (for a list of all local tournaments see our full calendar)

February 04, 2017 9:30 AM • Cobb Galleria Centre; 2 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
February 12, 2017 9:30 AM • Georgia Tech Student Center, 350 Ferst Drive, NW Atlanta, GA 30332-0458
February 25, 2017 10:00 AM • The Iron Yard, M. Rich Bldg, 115 Martin Luther King Dr, SW, 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
March 25, 2017 10:00 AM • Peachtree Ridge High School
March 25, 2017 10:00 AM • Emory University Cox Hall Ballroom
April 22, 2017 9:30 AM • The Iron Yard, M. Rich Bldg, 115 Martin Luther King Dr, SW, 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tell us about your chess event!

Do you have a local tournament that you’d like to post on the GCA calendar? Email details of your event to our web team. Please allow for a minimum of a week for posting, so submit your tournament as soon as possible.

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