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.
14th Annual MLK, Jr. Holiday Tournament
- Monday, January 29 at Whitefield Academy: 1 Whitefield Dr. SE, Smyrna, GA 30126. USCF rated, must have USCF membership to play. Charitable & educational activities between rounds to honor memory of MLK, Jr. Sections: K-1, K-3, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, U1000 for 6-12. Rounds: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm for all sections but K-1. Rounds for K-1: 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, then ASAP for last 2 rounds. Up to 2 byes available. Trophies to individuals and school teams. 1st place winner in each section receives $100 stipend to attend 2015 Nationals. Registration deadline: midnight Wednesday, January 15. No on-site registration. 500 players max.
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 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, www.uschess.org 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.