Holiday Hours

It’s that time of the year! ChessPalace will have the following hours for the 2018 holiday season.

*PLEASE NOTE: Changes to our normal days/hours of operation.
Sunday, December 23rd — Open, 9 am – 12 pm (Noon)
                                                By appointment only: 12 pm – 7 pm
Monday, December 24th — By appointment only: 8 am – 5 pm
December 25 – January 1, 2019 — CLOSED for the holidays.
Thank you for your understanding. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!


Blitz is Back @ the American Open!

Looking for something to do this Thanksgiving weekend? Look no further! ChessPalace will be sponsoring our annual Blitz tournament again at the 2018 American Open in Costa Mesa.

Join us for this fun event of speed chess on Saturday evening, November 24, 2018. We will have five rounds of double-swiss games at a time control of 5 minutes. That’s 10 exciting games! Additionally, the Blitz Prize Fund is up to $1500!

Click Here to Buy Tickets

(If you’re interested in the Action Tournament instead on Sunday at a Time Control of 30 Minutes, please click on the link for details: )

Blitz Tournament Details:

Location: Hilton Costa Mesa 3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Rounds: 9:30 pm -10:00 pm – 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Blitz Prizes

1st $400
2nd $200
3rd $100
Top U2200 $100
Top U2000 $100
1st $250
2nd $150
Top U1600 $100
Top U1400 $100

Eeek! Paying more is scary!

Sign up before prices go up after November 1, 2018 for the 2018 American Open Scholastic Tournament and November 10 for the Main Tournament.


Booster: $50
(Late Registration – November 2-21: $60; On-Site: $70)

Junior Varsity: $60
(Late Registration – November 2 – 21: $70 On-site: $80)
Players who register on-site will get a half-point bye for Round 1.

Varsity: $70
(Late Registration -November 2 – 21: $80; On-site: $90)
Players who register on-site will get a half-point bye for Round 1.

Eventbrite - American Open - Scholastic Tournament


$185 until November 10, 2018
$200 Late registration November 11 – November 21, 2018
$220 ON-Site Registration, Thursday, November 22 and after

Eventbrite - American Open Chess Championship - Main Tournament

And, don’t forget about our Side Events. We have the Blitz Tournament on Saturday night and the Action Tournament starting Sunday morning. The entry for each is $35 ($50 onsite).

Click here to register.

Upcoming Fall Events to Note

1. Amateur Night Thursdays on 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, and 11/8.
Open to all chess levels at any age. Sign up on-site.

2. Saturday Open – Every Saturdays

Entry Fee – First Time player

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


Entry Fee – Club member


3. Scholastic Tournament on Sunday, September 30.
Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part 2 will be a great way to start preparing for the American Open!
Eventbrite - 2018 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part 2AO 2018 Logo

4. Scholastic Tournament on Sunday, October 28.
Register for Halloween Tournament

5. 2018 American Open Chess Championship
Click Here for more info.


Regional Scholastics are Back!

Are you ready for fall? Because the Regional scholastic series tournaments are back. They are going to be held on Sundays for three months: August 26, September 30, and October 28, 2018.

Each tournament is a stand-alone tournament, and players can register for any one, two, or all three of the tournaments.

Special Prize:

Chess players with a combined score total of 10 points or more from this tournament series, will win an entry to the American Open for any section in the Scholastic Tournament!

Sections, Time Control, & Entry Fees:

There will be 4 sections for each of the tournament in the Regional Scholastic Chess Series. These are:

a. K-12 Open
b. K-12 under 1100
c. K-6 under 600
d. K-6 under 400

Time control is 30 minutes with 5-seconds delay per player, per round, and the entry fee is $35 ($45 on-site) for each of the tournament in this series. Discounts are available for players signing up for more than one tournament at the same time.

Click the Links below to sign up through Eventbrite.

2018 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part I

Eventbrite - 2018 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part I

2018 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part II

Eventbrite - 2018 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part 2

2018 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part III

Register for Part 3

Registration is Now Open for the 2018 American Open Presented by ChessPalace

Are you ready for the American Open?

ChessPalace is pleased to announce that registration for our annual chess tournament, the American Open, is now available at For our 54th year, ChessPalace will once again host our 2018 American Open chess championship at sunny Southern California. There will be two concurrent tournaments: the Main Tournament and the Scholastic Tournament, and two side events: the Blitz and the Action.

The 54th American Open will be held at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, located at 3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The event will take place on Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25, 2018.

Early bird entry fee is now available for a limited time. This is the only time to get the lowest entry fee for the Main Tournament and the Scholastic Tournament, so don’t miss out.  Sign up by August 31, 2018 to save! Register through Eventbrite

Entry Fees:

Main Tournament – $185 by November 10, 2018 ($150 by 8/31)
Scholastic Tournament -by November 1, 2018Capture

    • $70 Varsity ($60 by 8/31)
    • $60 Junior Varsity ($50 by 8/31)
    • $50 Booster ($40 by 8/31)

Blitz – $35 by November 21, 2018
Action -$35 by November 21, 2018

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