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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 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 15, 2021 • Love Manufacturing Building (Georgia Tech), Ferst Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA
May 22, 2021 4:00 PM •
May 30, 2021 4:30 PM •
June 05, 2021 4:00 PM •
June 19, 2021 4:00 PM •
June 27, 2021 4:30 PM •
July 10, 2021 4:00 PM •
July 24, 2021 4:00 PM •


In Memoriam

Brian McCarthy, a Life Master, and one-time Senior Master, has passed away after losing his fight with brain cancer. He was a force in southeast chess for many years, as well as a prolific teacher both in person and on-line, with over 3000 lessons on ICC. His obituary can be found here:



NTD Chris Bird has put together a video on how to set up and run an on-line chess tournament. Here is the link:


In just over one hour he covers how to set up the event, send on-line flyers, enter players, etc., and then run it and submit the event for rating. One deficiency is that he assumes no player cameras will be in use, so there is nothing on how to work with Zoom. If you're interested in possibly running an on-line tournament this might be a place to start. Dave Hater has volunteered to assist anyone with issues not covered here. Thanks Dave!! 

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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