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.
Atlanta has been awarded a US Chess League team! The Atlanta Kings is one of two new teams invited to join this most competitive league of eighteen squads from around the country. The Atlanta Kings will be managed by Grant Oen, with former Arizona Scorpions Manager NM Leo Martinez serving as the assistant manager. The Kings roster will be headed by GM Alonso Zapata, along with ten of our strongest local players rated around the 2400 mark.
Starting August 26, the Atlanta Kings will be playing their matches online (via the ICC) against top players from other cities across the nation. The matches will take place at Emory University each week, on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. Please check their schedule at www.uschessleague.com/atlanta.php and Facebook page (atlantachesskings) and come out to support our team!
2014 Georgia Women's Open - September 20, 2014. Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel, 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. Open to all women and girls in four sections, four rounds. Winner of Premier section receives a $500 stipend to attend the US Women's Open and have free entry to the 2015 Georgia State Championship. USCF membership required for all players, GCA membership also required for GA residents. $35 early registration fee due by September 18.
11th Annual Georgia Senior Open - September 20-21, 2014. Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel, 6345 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. Open to all players 50 years or over by September 20, 2014, four sections (including Non-rated in one-day only format), four rounds. Top Georgia resident in Championship section receives a free entry to the 2015 Georgia State Championship. USCF membership required for all players in rated sections, GCA membership also required for GA residents. $55 early registration fee due by September 18. Free entry for IM/GM/WIM/WGM, full-time Emory University students, and tournament volunteers.
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.