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GCA Election

The annual meeting will be held on April 30th 2:30pm at Emory's Cox Hall during the Georgia State Championship. The following positions are open:  President, 1st Vice President, Secretary, 1st Member-at-Large.   

  • The deadline to submit nominations for these positions is March 2nd. Email:
  • Absentee ballots may be requested from the secretary from the time the candidates are announced until April 14.  
  • The ballot must be mailed to our P.O. Box and be received by April 27

Georgia Chess Association, Box 133162Atlanta, GA 30333

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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.


Scholastic Volunteers

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 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.”
~Elizabeth Andrew

Featured Event

1st Annual Rex Demers Individual/Team Scholastics Championship - Saturday, March 11 at the Elks Lodge #78, 1775 Montreal Rd., Tucker, GA  30084. Rated, 5 rounds, G/25;d5, sections K-1, K-3, K-5, 6-12. Rounds at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm. $30 entry fee includes new or renewed USCF membership. Online registration ends midnight, March 9 or when capacity is reached. Registration afterwards is $40 (doesn't include USCF membership), on-site registration (if space permits) is $50. Up to two byes permitted.

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)

March 11, 2017 8:30 AM • Elks Lodge #78, 1775 Montreal Rd, Tucker, GA 30084, (770) 908-0835
March 25, 2017 10:00 AM • Peachtree Ridge High School; 1555 Old Peachtree Rd NW, Suwanee, GA 30024
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
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

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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