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2016-17 GCA Scholastic and Open Tournaments (Tentative Schedule)

By Laura Doman


The Georgia Chess Association is pleased to present its 2016-17 schedule of scholastic and open tournaments.  A few of the dates are still awaiting contracts, so those events are marked as tentative or identified only by month for now.  This schedule is presented in mid-summer 2016 to help players and their families plan well in advance for these key chess tournaments. Please continue to check the GCA website’s home page  ( and calendar ( for updates, event details, and online registration.


Scholastic Tournaments  (for K-12 students enrolled in public, private, and home schools)


 2016 QuickStart!              Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Marriott Perimeter Hotel.

Perfect for beginners, the QuickStart! is a terrific event for new chess players to test their skills outside of class and an excellent opportunity for experienced players to get back up to speed after a long summer break.  Details are posted on the GCA website.


2016 Grade Level Championship              A Saturday or Sunday in the first half of November 2016.

Compete against others in your school grade for the Georgia championship title!


2017 Invitational Championship              Saturday-Sunday, January 7-8, 2017.

Top scholastic players are invited to compete based on their USCF ratings.


2017 MLK            Monday, January 16, 2017 at Whitefield Academy.

Individual and school team competition. Tournament features a service project that players can choose to participate between rounds to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


2017 K-8 State Team Qualifier            Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Cobb Galleria.

Elementary and middle school teams in the greater Atlanta metro area compete in four sections: grades K-1, K-3, K-5, and 6-8.  The top teams are invited to compete in March for the Georgia championship titles.


2017 K-8 State Team Championship                A Saturday or Sunday in the second half of March 2017.

Top metro Atlanta teams are joined by school teams from around Georgia to compete for their state championship titles.


2017 High School Team Championship             To be scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday in the last two weeks of March.



Open Tournaments  (for adults and students)


2016 Georgia Open          Friday-Sunday, October 7-9, Emory University, Winship Ballroom.


2016 Senior Open            Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16, 2016, Hampton Inn and Suites, Alpharetta.

Organized and hosted by the Georgia Chess Club.


2016 Girls & Women Championship           Saturday, October 22, 2016, Iron Yard, downtown Atlanta.

A tournament for girls and women only, featuring cupcakes and other treats for the players.


2016 Class Championship              Friday-Sunday, November 18-20, 2016, Emory University, Cox Hall.


2016 Blitz Championship               December 2016 at Georgia Tech.

A new event this year!


2017 Collegiate Team State Chamionship            February 2017, tentatively at the Iron Yard in downtown Atlanta.


2017 Philip Taylor State Championship              Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, 2017, Emory University.

The 2017 annual GCA meeting and board elections take place on Sunday afternoon between the last two tournament rounds.



In the spirit of partnering with other Georgia chess organizations, the GCA is working with Georgia Tech’s chess club to bring an even greater variety of tournaments to our chess community.  Look for announcements on our website and event calendar for additional tournaments that their chess club will  host at the Georgia Tech campus.

As always, the GCA calendar posts chess tournaments and events from other organizations that send us their notifications and registration links. The calendar is available at  Organizers who wish to have their events listed may email us at  National chess organizations are returning to Atlanta to host their weekend events, which often include a large prize fund and a concurrently-run scholastic tournament. The next one will be held Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 at the downtown Sheraton Atlanta hotel, when Continental Chess hosts their 47th annual Southern Chess Congress; please see their link on our calendar.

We look forward to welcoming you to your next GCA chess event!



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