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Georgia Independent School State Chess Tournament

  • March 22, 2018
  • April 24, 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • March 22, 2018 (EDT)
  • April 24, 2018 (EDT)
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*This is not a GCA event. Please contact the organizer to register for this event.





    Georgia Independent School State Chess Tournament

High School Division- March 22, 2018

 Elementary and Middle School Divisions- April 24, 2018

 ** Participants must attend a GISA Member School


Stan Whitlock

Vice President

Georgia Independent School Association

P.O Box 1057

Thomaston, GA 30286

Office: 706.938.1400




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GISA Chess Tournaments

Tournaments will be held for Elementary/Middle School and High School levels.

Tournaments will be run according to the International Rules of Chess

  • Dates:
    • High School is on March 22, 2018
    • Elementary & Middle School is on April 24, 2018
      • Check-In:  9:00 am
      • Start Time: 9:30 am
      • End Time: 3:30 pm


  • Deadlines
    • High School deadline is March 5, 2018
    • Elementary & Middle School deadline is April 3, 2018
    • All deadlines are firm and no changes may be made, except deletions.
  • Registration: Names, ages, and grades will need to be submitted prior to the "cut off" date.
  • Where: Marist School, Atlanta
  • Cost: $45 per student/ $10 for Coach/Sponsor lunch
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Attire: Sunday church style dress is required. No shorts or jeans allowed. No gum allowed either. Students not in compliance will not be allowed to participate.
  • Schools must bring their own boards and at least one timer per two players.
  • Schools are not limited in the number of participants they may send. A school may send a single player or 100 players.
  • A Coach or Sponsor must attend the Tournament and will assist as directors as needed.
  • A Coaches Meeting will be held prior to the event (morning of the event).
  • Any players/schools not represented at the time of the Coaches Meeting will be "scratched" from the tournament.
  • This is not a ranked (U.S. Chess Federation affiliated) tournament.
  • Divisions:
    • Elementary:  K5 - 5th Grades
    • Middle School:  6th - 8th Grades
    • High School: 9th - 12th Grades


  • RULES: The elementary, middle, and high school tournaments will all be run according to the same rules. Note that the elementary and middle school tournaments will be run as two separate tournaments on the same day. The tournaments will be run according to the international rules of chess.
    The tournament will use a Swiss-System format under which all players will play six games at a time control of 15 minutes per player (30 minutes total). Players will receive one point for a win, half a point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. The player with the most points after six games is the victor. In the event of a tie for first place, a playoff will be conducted between all players tied for first. All tiebreak games will be played at a time control of 5 minutes per player (10 minutes total).
    Tiebreaks for places other than first will be based on the cumulative score of the opponents. The player whose opponents performed better has the better tiebreak.
    The team score is the sum of the top four scoring players from that team at the end of the tournament. 
    Where possible, teammates will not be paired against each other. In later rounds, teammates may be forced to play each other to preserve the integrity of the individual competition. Points from games will be scored normally. It is a boon and a curse to have teammates paired. The team is guaranteed one and only one point for the game (a win and loss or two draws).


  • Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams and the top three individuals in each tournament.

If you have any questions, please email or call Stan Whitlock at or 404.558.1079

High School:
March 22, 2018

Elementary & Middle School:
April 24, 2018

Marist School
3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

CLICK HERE for Directions

If you have questions, please contact Stan Whitlock at
(404) 558-1079 or Email:

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