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 Membership Social - September 13, 2015, Jones Bridge Park, 4901 E. Jones Bridge Rd., Norcross, GA 30092, 4-7pm. Food, fun, and chess as the GCA thanks its members and GA's chess clubs for supporting chess throughout the state. Special recognition of the many people who volunteer at our tournaments. Cost: $3/person or $10/family of 4 or more. Free for volunteer honorees. Extend your own membership by 3 months for free when your guest joins as a GCA member; maximum 12 month extension.
2015 Georgia Women's Open - September 12, 2015, 10am, Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. Open to all females in two sections: Open and Rated Beginners' Open (under 1200 and unrated). 4-SS, G/60, d5. Rounds at 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm. Byes: 1/2 point bye available round 1-3, limit 1. Zero bye for last round. Cash prizes & trophies, top scholastic finisher in the Open section receives the nomination to attend the 2016 Susan Polgar Girls Invitational Tournament as the Georgia representative (must be GA resident). USCF membership required for all, GCA membership required for GA residents. Entry fees: $45 for Open section, $30 for Beginners' Open.
2015 Georgia Senior Open - September 26-27, 2015, noon, Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096. Upper level storefront "K" near food court, opposite Mega Mart. Open to all players 50 years or over during 2015. Two sections: rated Championship and Non-rated (for rated and non-rated players). 4-SS, G/100, iinc 30. Rounds at noon & 5:30pm on Saturday, 10am & 3:30pm Sunday. Byes: one 1/2 point bye available any round if requested before tournament starts. Zero point byes available after tournament begins. Cash prizes & plaques. USCF membership required for players of rated Championship section. GCA membership required for GA residents. Entry fees: Championship - $49 if received by Sept. 23 or $60 on-site, Non-rated - $39 by Sept. 23 or $50 on-site. Free for GM/IM/WGM/WIM. On-site registration 10:30-11:30am.
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.