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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Chess, Food, Fun

Join us at ChessPalace on Saturday, August 11, 2018 for a chess tournament to celebrate ChessPalace’s 28th year in operation! We will have rated games, food, and raffle prizes.

The tournament will have 5-rounds, each at Game /30 min.

Tournament will start at 11 am and award prize money to top finishers according to breakdown below:
U1900 $125
U1600 $100
U1300 $75
U1000 $50
Unr $40

Sign up by August 1 to save $10! Price will increase after August 1, 2018.

Sign up through Eventbrite.

Click here to register

Summer Scholastic Tournament

Ready for some fun in the sun? ChessPalace will be taking the Scholastic tournament to Santa Monica beach on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

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There are five Sections:
*Under 1100
*Under 800
*Under 400
*Non-rated section
Time Control: game 30 minutes.

Schedule: 4 rounds
10 AM, 11:15 AM, 1 PM, 2:15 PM

Chess sets are included. Bring notation booklets, pencils, and clocks if applicable. Come prepared with hats, caps, sunscreen, sunglasses, and drinking water.

Registration fee is $35. Register by July 7 to save $5.

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).

Sign up below.

Entry Fee – Club member


II. Club Member or ChessPalace student Entry Fee


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.