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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.


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. Candidates are: Priya Srinivasan for 2nd VP, Amrita Kumar (incumbent) for Treasurer, Ashley Thomas (incumbent) for 2nd Member-at-large. Absentee ballots must be requested from the GCA Secretary by April 17th and must be received by April 28th (3 days before the meeting). (note Henry Moon withdrew for 2nd M-a-L).  Current GCA secretary Herky del Mundo will be moving to Virginia.  Position of secretary is open and will be appointed by the board.  Henry Moon is a candidate for this position.  If you are interested please contact the board asap:

Spring Break & Summer Chess Camps - coaches submit your info to: and we will publish links on our website.

Featured Events

2016 Phillip Taylor Georgia State Championship - Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1 at Emory University, Cox Hall Ballroom, 569 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322. Options: 2 day or 3 day, $10,000 prize fund GUARANTEED. Scholastic section is 2 day only, trophies only. Open sections: Championship, U2000, U1700, U1400. Scholastic sections: U1100 and U850. Five rounds, G/90 & G/120 time controls (see details on registration page). 3 day schedule: Fri 7pm, Sat 2:15pm & 7pm, Sun 10am & 3:30pm. 2 day schedule: Sat 10:30am, then merges with 3 day. Two available byes; zero point bye for round 5.  Entry: $93 online by 4/27, scholastic is $30 online. Free to GM and IM, $80 deducted from prize. On-site registration for Open sections only. Requirements: USCF membership, GCA membership if Georgia resident.

GCA Annual Meeting and Board Election will take place on May 1 at 2:30pm at site of 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, 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)

May 14, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Gresham Park Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

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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