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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.


Featured Event

2016 Metro Atlanta K-8 Team State Qualifier - Saturday, February 6, 9:30am, Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339, Exhibition Halls B & C. Open to all K-8 players, unrated, G/25;d5. Four rounds at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm. Four sections: K-1, K-3, K-5, 6-8. Team trophies only. Entry fee: $30. Registration closes midnight Monday, Feb. 1 or when cap is reached. No on-site registration. One zero point bye available. Invitations to the State Tournament on March 19 will be determined after the event.

Save-the-Date: 2016 Phillip Taylor State Championship will be held at Emory University April 29 - May 1.

Annual Meeting - Board Election

Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held on May 1st at 2:30 in Cox Hall, Emory University during the State Championship tournament.  Nominations for the following positions are due by March 1st: 2nd VP, Treasurer, 2nd Member-at-large. Nominations should be emailed to the GCA Secretary.

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)

February 27, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • The Iron Yard, M. Rich Bldg, 115 Martin Luther King Dr, SW, 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
February 28, 2016 1:00 PM (EST) • The Iron Yard, M. Rich Bldg, 115 Martin Luther King Dr, SW, 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
February 29, 2016 7:00 PM (EST) • TBD
March 19, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Emory University Winship Ballroom
March 19, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Taylor Road Middle School, 5150 Taylor Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022
April 01, 2016 (EDT) • Hyatt Regency Atlanta 265 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30303

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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