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.
2016-17 Tournament Schedule
The new 2016-17 GCA brochure of scheduled tournaments will be available at all upcoming events, beginning with October's QuickStart! and 2016 Georgia Open. You can also print the tournament schedule for the 2016-17 school year (October through April) here.
QuickStart! Sunday, October 2, 2016, Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center. Scholastic players! Start the school year off with an afternoon of chess. Four rounds, rated and unrated sections. $30 entry (or $15 if a parent volunteers all day).
2016 Georgia Open - Friday-Sunday, October 7-9, 2016, Winship Ballroom, DUC, at Emory University. National Chess Day Event. One section, $4485 prizes b/100 entries, 65% guaranteed. USCF membership required, all GA players must have GCA membership, too. $69 entry, free to GM/IM/WGM/WIM. Side event: Beginner Scholastic U1200 Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 8. $30 entry in advance or $35 at the door.
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)
October 02, 2016 12:00 PM (EDT) • Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center; 246 Perimeter Center Pkwy, NE; Atlanta, GA 30346
October 07, 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Winship Ballroom, DUC, Emory University, 605 Asbury Cir, Atlanta, GA 30322
October 08, 2016 10:30 AM (EDT) • E338, DUC, Emory University, 605 Asbury Cir, Atlanta, GA 30322
October 15, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Hampton Inn and Suites, 16785 Morris Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004
October 22, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Iron Yard,115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, (Closest parking-Corner of Pryor and MLK, Accessible by MARTA)
November 05, 2016 9:30 AM (EDT) • (Tentative) Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
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.