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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.


Featured Events

2015 Georgia Open - October 9-11, 2015, Hotel Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. One section with Overall and Class prizes. $4485, b/100 entries, 65% guaranteed.  6-SS, 3 day option: G/90 d5, 2 day option: G/45 d5 first two rounds, then merges with 3 day option. 3 day schedule: Fri 7pm, Sat 10am, 2:30pm, 7pm, Sun 10am & 2:30pm.  2 day schedule: Sat 10am, noon, 2:30pm, 7pm, Sun 10am & 2:30pm. Byes: one 1/2 point bye available in rounds 1-5, zero point bye available in round 6. Current USCF membership required, GA residents must also have GCA membership. Entry fees: $69 on-line by Oct. 7, $75 on-site. Free for GM/IM/WGM/WIM. On-site registration is Fri 6-6:30pm, Sat 9-9:30am.


2015 QuickStart! Atlanta & Douglasville - October 17, 2015, unrated Scholastic tournaments, your choice of location. Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, NE, Atlanta, GA 30346 OR Harvester Christian Academy, 4241 Central Church Rd., Douglasville, GA 30135. Both tournaments structured the same: 4 rounds, G/25 d5, four sections: K-1, K-3, K-5, 6-12 (Atlanta) or K-3, K-5, 6-8, 9-12 (Douglasville). Noon start for round 1, ASAP for rounds 2-4. Byes: one zero point bye available. Entry fees: $30 (Atlanta), $25 (Douglasville). Register on-line by Oct. 14, no on-site registration. Trophies to all who score 2.5 or better, USCF memberships to top 5 non-members in each section. All players receive a participation ribbon.


Chess Movie: "Pawn Sacrifice"  

Be sure to see this new PG-13 movie about Bobby Fischer. Here's the synopsis from its official website, "In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Live Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world."  Watch the trailer at  


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)

October 09, 2015 7:00 PM • Hotel Wyndham Atlanta Galleria; 6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30339; 770-955-1700
October 09, 2015 7:30 PM • Hotel Wyndham, 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339
October 10, 2015 10:30 AM • Hotel Wyndham Atlanta Galleria; 6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30339; 770-955-1700
October 11, 2015 10:30 AM • Hotel Wyndham Atlanta Galleria; 6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30339; 770-955-1700
October 17, 2015 12:00 PM • Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center; 246 Perimeter Center Pkwy, NE; Atlanta, GA 30346
October 17, 2015 12:00 PM • Harvester Christian Academy, 4241 Central Church Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135

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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