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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.

2018 GCA Board Candidates
The candidates for the 2018 GCA board election are listed below. The election will be held during the State Championship on May 28.  
  • Treasurer --  Amrita Kumar
  • 2nd Vice President -- Keith Sewell
  • 2nd Member at Large -- Greg Maness
  • 2nd Member at Large -- Anna Baumstark
All absentee ballots must be received by the GCA Secretary 3 days before the State Championship on May 28.  Please refer to the following link for the rules regarding absentee ballots.  GCA bylaws-absentee ballots.docx

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 Events (for a list of all local tournaments see our full calendar)

May 25, 2018 7:00 PM • DoubleTree, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30341
May 26, 2018 10:00 AM • Doubletree Hotel, 4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (near I-285), Atlanta 30341
June 02, 2018 10:00 AM • Glenn Center 4178 Snapfinger Woods Dr. Decatur GA
June 17, 2018 7:00 PM • TBD

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.

Are you interested in becoming a vendor for an upcoming events? Please contact

Proposed Bylaw Changes

There are four proposed changes to the GCA bylaws that will be on the ballot at the annual meeting: 1) there will be a promotion from May 1 to Dec 31 which would allow anyone who is acquiring or renewing GCA membership to get two years for the price of one.  2) for one year (from 2018 membership meeting to 2019 membership meeting) GCA will create a tournament membership with which players can play for one dollar per scheduled round. 3) GCA will specifically acknowledge that house players in GCA tournaments are not required to be GCA members. 4) GCA reserves cannot be depleted below $25,000 at any given time without approval from the GCA board. 

Any members wishing to propose a change to the GCA bylaws must submit the proposed change to the GCA Secretary by April 27.

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