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2014 K-8 Team State Qualifier and Championship

by • March 29, 2014 • Featured, News, Tournament ResultsComments (1)1584

Passers-by at the Cobb Galleria Centre were astonished to discover over 1000 kids happily spending their Saturday in an all-day intensive chess competition. While most elementary and middle school students often enjoy their weekends playing team sports or video games, chess kids from more than 100 public, private, and home-based schools came from all over...

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Catching up with the 2013 K-1 National Co-Champion

March 22, 2014 • Featured, News1323

Georgia scholastic player and frequent GCA tournament volunteer Katie Hill sat down for an interview with the reigning K-1 National Co-Champion, Drew Justice (who is a current 2nd grader at Whitefield Academy). Drew earned his national title by winning all...


13th Annual MLK Tournament

February 16, 2014 • Featured, News, Tournament Results1514

 By Laura Doman Over 440 kids in grades K-12 played in the 13th Annual MLK Tournament, held Monday, January 20, 2014 at Whitefield Academy.   Under the direction of tournament coordinators Katie Hartley and Susan Justice, the five round competition hosted...


Three Theoretical Novelties: Let’s See How They Run

January 7, 2014 • Featured, Games9587

By Daniel Quigley Theoretical Novelty (TN): A move, usually played in the opening, thought not to have been played before. This normally refers to the effort of serious titled players engaged in prepared and  conscious planning, or the luck of an inspired...


Building an Opening Repertoire

January 5, 2014 • Featured, Top Board5796

By John Lattier My father taught me how to play in the 1980s. We’d set up the wooden chess set on the kitchen table. He’d play 1. e4, and I would respond with 1…e5, and then he’d launch his entire army at my weak f7 square. I had no idea what to do. I...

Report: It’s Damir Again at 2013 State Championship

July 1, 2012 • Featured, News, Tournament Results963

Setting a new attendance record, 130 played in this year’s state championship tournament. Only the new unrated section was underrepresented. The GCA paid out over $10,000 in prize money—one of the richest prize funds in a while. (The GCA is appreciative...