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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.


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.

Featured Events

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.

2016 Georgia Senior Open - Saturday, October 15-16, 2016, Hampton Inn & Suites, 16785 Morris Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004. Hosted by the GA Chess Club. Open & U1600 sections, $2000 prize fund b/50. $65 entry by Oct. 14 or $70 on-site. 

Chess X-Boxing - Saturday, October 15, 2016, 2-4pm, Microsoft Store, Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30346. A social mixer: play chess, video/Xbox games, or both. The goal is just to have fun!

2016 Regional Girls & Women's Cupcake & Chess Championship - Saturday, October 22, 2016, Iron Yard, 115 MLK Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Sections: Open, U1200, Unrated. Top female wins a $200 stipend to the National Women's Open. Cash prizes, door prizes, crafts, and cupcakes. $45 entry for Open section, $30 for U1200 & Unrated, free for WIM & WGM. USCF membership required, all GA players must have GCA membership, too.

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)

November 05, 2016 9:30 AM (EDT) • Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
November 18, 2016 7:00 PM (EST) • Emory University Cox Hall Ballroom, 569 Asbury Cir, Atlanta, GA 30322
January 07, 2017 9:30 AM (EST) • Iron Yard
January 16, 2017 9:30 AM (EST) • Whitefield Academy, 1 Whitefield Drive SE Smyrna, GA 30126
February 04, 2017 9:30 AM (EST) • Cobb Galleria Centre; 2 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
March 12, 2017 (EST) • Georgia Tech Student Center Peachtree Room (350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

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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