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.
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For those of you who would like to see scholastic tournaments continue, you will need to get involved. GCA is a volunteer run organization. We haven't had volunteers step up this year to form a new committee for the 2017-18 school year. Current scholastic committee members have been volunteering for years and will not be available next year. If you can volunteer to help run one of the following tournaments next school year please contact email@example.com: Quickstart!, Grade Levels, MLK, State Qualifier, K-8 State Championship, HS Team, Invitational. If you can't help coordinate, there are jobs needed to be filled that can be done from home. The most important being Scholastic Registrar - it's not rocket science but you need to be able to learn user-friendly membership software and have access to email (communicating with parents/coaches). We will train you for any job you take on.
We'll be wrapping up the year in April/May and would love to be able to transfer knowledge, experience, motivation to a new team. Please reach out.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
1st Annual Rex Demers Individual/Team Scholastics Championship - Saturday, April 15 at the Elks Lodge. Rated tournament, includes a year's free USCF membership. Five rounds, G25/d5, sections: K-1, K-3, K-5, 6-8. Up to two byes allowed. Registration: $30 online by April 14, $40 online after April 14, $50 on-site.
Georgia Scholastic Invitational Championship 2017 - Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 at the Iron Yard. By invitation only.
2017 Phillip Taylor Georgia State Championship - Friday-Sunday, April 28-30 at Emory University, Cox Hall Ballroom. Separate Scholastic tournament on Saturday, April 29 at the same location. GCA annual meeting and election of board members will take place on Sunday afternoon between the last two rounds of the Championship.
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.
Upcoming GCA Events (for a list of all local tournaments see our full calendar)
April 22, 2017 9:30 AM • The Iron Yard, M. Rich Bldg, 115 Martin Luther King Dr, SW, 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
April 25, 2017 7:00 PM • Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
April 28, 2017 7:00 PM • Emory University, Cox Hall Ballroom, 569 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
April 29, 2017 10:30 AM • Emory University, Cox Hall Ballroom, 569 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
May 20, 2017 9:00 AM • 1775 Montreal Rd, Tucker, GA 30084
Summer Chess Camps
** LAST CALL TO TELL US **
Chess organizations and coaches, let the GCA help advertise your summer camps to our scholastic players! Email your schedule to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll include in our April edition of Georgia Chess News. The article is being written NOW and we don't want to leave out any great camps you're planning for the summer.
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.