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.
GCA Meeting & Elections
The annual GCA general membership meeting will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 26th at the Hotel Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. To accommodate our members, this meeting will be held between rounds 4 and 5 of the Phillip Taylor 2015 Georgia State Championship, which will be played at this same location.
GCA board positions up for election are President, Secretary, and 2nd Member-at-Large. Nominations for these offices were due by Thursday, February 26. The deadline to submit bylaw amendments is Friday, March 27. NOTE: This is a working board - for job descriptions visit the 'about us' page. Please submit amendments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absentee ballots - if you are a GCA member 18 yrs or older, please vote! If you can not attend the election you may request an absentee ballot by emailing email@example.com. An original ballot will be mailed to you. You must request a ballot by April 12th, the GCA secretary will mail it to you and it must be received back in the mail by April 23rd.
2015 Phillip Taylor Georgia State Championship - Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26 or Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26. Hotel Wyndham Atlanta Galleria; 6345 Powers Ferry Rd., NW; Atlanta 30339. 5-SS, G/90 + 30s. $6600 guaranteed prize fund. Sections: Championship (2000+), Amateur (1999 & below/Unrated), Scholastic/Unrated (K-12 rated under 1200). Trophies to top GA resident in Championship & Amateur sections and to top players in 4 Scholastic sections. One 1/2 point bye available in rounds 1-4, zero point bye available round 5. Registration: $95 for Championship & Amateur section and $30 for Scholastic section if received by April 23; $10 more on-site for all sections. Free entry to IM/GM/WIM/WGM. USCF membership required for all players, GCA membership required for GA residents.
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.