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Georgia Chess Association

GCA Scholastic Team Qualifer

  • March 04, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Berkmar High School, 405 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lilburn, GA 30047


  • use this form to register after the deadline when space available.
  • reduced entry fee for players from Title 1 schools. Please contact
  • Volunteer parent/coach may register one child for a reduced price. Email to volunteer and get the volunteer discount code.

*This is a GCA EVENT*


Registration List as of 3/3 12:00 AM

Late Registration extended until Thursday March 2 at midnight.

Where: Berkmar High School, 405 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lilburn, GA 30047

When: Saturday, March 4, 2023. Arrive by 9:00am

Open to: All elementary and middle school students in the state of Georgia.

Sections are by grade:   K-1, K-3, K-5, and K-8.

Format: Four round, unrated, individually paired Swiss System tournament with a time control of 25 minutes per player with a five second time delay (G/25; d5).  Unless byes are requested, players will be scheduled to play all four rounds (this is not an elimination tournament). Unless they have requested a bye, all players will play all rounds.  The top five scores will constitute the team score for K-3, K-5 and K-8 section.  K-1 teams will use scores of top 4 players when calculating team standings. 

Rounds: 10am – 11:30am – 1pm – 2:30pm. Awards ceremony ASAP after round 4. Team trophies only.

Byes: Maximum one zero-point byes are allowed. Please specify when registering.  

Registration & Payment: On-line by midnight 24 February 2023. 

*On-site registrations will not be accepted.* No changes (except withdrawals) allowed on tournament day due to the size of the tournament. All changes must be submitted yo by Friday at 11AM.

Entry Fee: $35 per player, payable online. Late registration that's after 24 February 2023 is $45 and closes midnight Wednesday 3/2.

Awards: Ribbons to all participants. No individual trophies.  Team trophies will be awarded to all school teams with plus scores.  There will be County Champions. Invitations to the State Tournament will be determined after the event.

Note: Advanced entry lists will be posted online and will be updated periodically. A final registration list will be posted in the tournament hall by 8:30am. These will show the players, sections, teams, and requested byes. We will pair round one promptly at 9:00am.

*There will be over 600 players at this event and it is your responsibility to arrive early enough to have any first round issues reported before we begin pairing round one. There will be no bye changes allowed the day of the event. Withdrawals only. If a player doesn't show up for a round and does not have a requested bye, that player will be withdrawn from the tournament.

Note: bring your electronic devices fully charged and your own wi-fi hot spot if needed

Photos: We will be taking photos of the chess players for possible publication on our website. Please email us if you do not want your child's photo used.

Team Rooms: A limited number of team rooms are available for $180 on a first come first serve basis.  If your school or club would like to rent a team room, please contact us at


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