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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.

GCA Welcomes New Board Members

The Georgia Chess Association election was held Sunday, May 27, at the Annual Meeting.  The GCA would like to extend a hearty welcome to new board members Keith Sewell, 2nd Vice President; and Anna Baumstark, 2nd Member at Large.  

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)

January 21, 2019 10:00 AM • Whitefield Academy, 1 Whitefield Drive SE Smyrna, GA 30126
January 22, 2019 9:30 AM • PO Box 133162, Atlanta, GA 30333
February 12, 2019 7:00 PM • TBD
February 22, 2019 7:00 PM • Hilton Garden Inn, 1702 Gornto Rd. Valdosta, Ga 31602
March 09, 2019 10:00 AM • Emory University Cox Hall Ballroom
March 16, 2019 9:30 AM • North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30327.
May 03, 2019 • Tentative Date

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

2 Bylaw Amendments Voted in at Election

Of the four proposed changes to the GCA bylaws that were on the ballot at the annual meeting, two were approved by the voting members: 

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) GCA reserves cannot be depleted below $25,000 at any given time without approval from the GCA board. 

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