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GCA Election Results!


The annual meeting of the Georgia Chess Association was held on April 30th at Emory's Cox Hall during the Georgia State Championship. The only seat that was in contention was that of the 1st Vice President.  Both Amrita Kumar and Thad Rogers delivered speeches to the GCA members regarding their respective visions for the GCA.  After the ballots were counted, Thad Rogers was declared the winner with 62% of the vote.   In addition to Thad Rogers, the GCA board is honored to welcome J. Parnell Watkins.   Mr. Watkins ran unopposed for the position of Member-at-Large. 



   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.



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Scholastic Volunteers

For those of you who would like to see scholastic tournaments continue, you will need to get involved.  GCA is a volunteer run organization.  We haven't had volunteers step up this year to form a new committee for the 2017-18 school year.  Current scholastic committee members have been volunteering for years and will not be available next year.  If you can volunteer to help run one of the following tournaments next school year please contact scholastics@georgiachess.org: Quickstart!, Grade Levels, MLK, State Qualifier, K-8 State Championship, HS Team, Invitational.  If you can't help coordinate, there are jobs needed to be filled that can be done from home.  The most important being Scholastic Registrar - it's not rocket science but you need to be able to learn user-friendly membership software and have access to email (communicating with parents/coaches). We will train you for any job you take on.

We'll be wrapping up the year in April/May and would love to be able to transfer knowledge, experience, motivation to a new team.  Please reach out.

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew


Featured Events

2017 Phillip Taylor Georgia State Championship - Friday-Sunday, April 28-30 at Emory University, Cox Hall Ballroom. Separate Scholastic tournament on Saturday, April 29 at the same location. GCA annual meeting and election of board members will take place on Sunday afternoon between the last two rounds of the Championship.



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, www.uschess.org 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)

June 02, 2017 6:30 PM • The Glenn Center, 4178 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur, GA, 30035
June 03, 2017 10:00 AM • Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Georgia 30096. Above the Food Court
June 03, 2017 11:00 AM • Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Georgia 30096. Above the Food Court
June 04, 2017 • Georgia Tech Student Center Peachtree Room (350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
June 09, 2017 6:30 PM • The Glenn Center, 4178 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur, GA, 30035
June 10, 2017 • Gwinnett Place Mall

Summer Chess Camps


Camps are offered on a weekly basis throughout June and July by many fine chess organizations and coaches: 



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 vendor@georgiachess.org.









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