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.
Georgia Scholastic State Championship, January 11-12, 2014, Emory University Candler Library
Formerly known as the Junior Invitational, this invitation-only tournament honors top scholastic Georgia players in three sections: High School (grades 9-12), Middle School(K-8), and - new this year! - Elementary School (K-5). The champions in the High School and Middle School sections will receive the title of 2014 High School or Middle School State Champion and a $500 stipend each for their respective Denker or Barber national tournaments of state champions, tentatively set for late July-early August 2014. USCF and GCA memberships are required. For a list of invitees, please refer to the event's detailed information provided in the Tournament section of this page.
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 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.