This Weekend’s Tournament

The club will be hosting not one, but two tournaments this weekend, Saturday Quad and a Scholastic Tournament on Sunday.

Saturday Quad

There will be 3-rounds for the Saturday quad for a game time of 90 minutes/30 moves ​ then sudden death with additional 30minutes; with 5-second delay. Players are grouped based on most updated rating (not monthly supplement). Award prize monies are based on number of players. First round starts at 11:30  AM.

Entry fee is only $22 (non-members $27; first-time club player $32).

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I. Entry Fee – Non-member

For first-time players to ChessPalace, please select the third option below.


II. Club Member Entry Fee


III. Entry Fee – First Time player

Non-member tournament entry fee plus $5 for one-time club registration.


Scholastic Tournament – Sunday

The Scholastic Tournament is open only to children in Kindergarten to 12th grade. Trophies are awarded for the top 3 in each section.

The Details: Round 1 starts at 11:30 AM and game time is 60 minutes for the Open section, and game 30 minutes for the other sections. Entry fee is $35 ($40 for same day/on-site).

Click Here to Register and for additional information.


Closed on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Schedule Announcement:

ChessPalace will be closed on Sunday, June 17, 2018 for a family graduation. Chess classes are cancelled for that day.

Beginner students can attend the Friday, June 15th 5:00 – 6:30 pm and/or Saturday, June 16th at 9:30 – 11 am classes.

Advance students can attend the Friday, June 15th 6:30 – 7:30 pm, or Friday, June 22nd, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at chesspalace2000 @ or at 714-899-3421.



Last Spring Scholastic Tournament for 2018

Get your child a scholastic tournament experience before the 2018 school year is over. This Sunday, May 20, 2018, join us at ChessPalace for a Scholastic Tournament, a one-day chess tournament for children in grades Kindergarten to 12th grade.

There will be 4 sections: 1. K-12 Open (3 rounds) 2. K-12 U1200 (4 rounds) 3. K-6 U600 (4 rounds) 4. K-6 U400(4 rounds)

Chess players must have US Chess Federation (USCF) membership to play (membership sign-up or renewal is available on-site at the chess club).

Round 1 will start at 11:30 AM. Awards will start at approximately 4 pm.

Time control: Game 60 minutes in Open K – 12th Grade section, and Game 30 minutes in all other sections.

Trophies will be awarded to the Top 3 winners in each section.

Online registration is $35 and will end on 11:59 pm on May 19th, 2018. Lunch (pizza, chips, and juice) is available for $5.

Register Here through Eventbrite.

April Scholastic Tournament

Join us this Sunday, April 29, 2018 for the Scholastic Tournament of the month.

Open to children in Kindergarten to 12th grade, scholastic players can test their skills and see where they stand with their peers. They can also start familiarizing themselves playing in a tournament setting.

Trophies will be awarded to the Top 3 players in each section.

Register on-site or at

Chess Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors in High School

The US Chess Federation is offering a  2018 Scholar-Chessplayer scholarship. Application deadline has been extended to March 31, 2018.  Full details and applications at

Award info: A total of five awards of $1,500.00 each will be presented for a total of $7,500.00 in scholarship money.  They recognize outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess.

Requirements: a US Chess member, and a high school junior or senior, who has the following chess experiences:

  • Played in at least 25 Regular-rated US Chess or FIDE games during calendar year 2017.  Games that are not regular rated do not count towards the 25 game requirement.
  • Have shown outstanding achievement both in academics and chess
  • Completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the beginning of 9th Grade
  • Articulate in an essay (of 500 words or less) how your selection as a 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer will enable you to further your education, and continue your chess activities in the future

Awarding Criteria:

Applications are scored equally in four areas:  Academics, Chess Playing, Community Contributions, and the Personal Essay.  Contact Susan Kantor, Scholastics Associate, at the US Chess Office, (931) 787-1234 x136 or email with any questions.