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.

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Imaad Rana tops Regional 3

The last Regionals for the year concluded on November 5th with 30 players in 4 sections.

Imaad Rana swept the field in the open section with a perfect 4 – 0.
In the U1100, Yelyzaveta Systaliuk also won with 4 – 0 rising to her peak rating of 984.
Robin Shen and Owen Tang split the U600 section, scoring 3 points each.
Shubhangi Waldiya won his very first rated tournament in the U400 section.

Ratings report can be viewed here.


Action and Blitz Tournaments at the American Open

Would you like to play in this year’s American Open Chess Championship for only one or two days? Now you can. This Thanksgiving weekend, the 2017 American Open will have a Blitz Tournament on  Saturday evening, November 25, 2017 and an Action (Game 30 minutes) Tournament on Sunday morning, November 26, 2017. More details are below. Reserve your space now at

American Open Blitz
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Projected prizes $1000, 80% Guaranteed!
EF: $35 by 11/22/17; $50 for same day registration
5 round double swiss, G/5.
Schedule: Registration ends 9 PM.
Rounds: 9:30 pm -10:00 pm – 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm.

American Open Action
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Projected prizes $500, 80% Guaranteed!
EF: $35 by 11/22/17; $50 for same day registration
5 round SS, G/30.
Schedule: Registration ends 10:30 AM.
Rounds:12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm


Get your games in before the year ends!

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, Part 3, the last, of the 2017 Regional Scholastic Chess Series will be held at ChessPalace. Open to kids in grades K-12, we will have four sections again:

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.

Register now to save $10! Eventbrite - Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part 3

Get your chess bag ready!

The 2017 American Open Chess Championship is coming up!

On November 23 – 26, 2017, ChessPalace is hosting this annual event, one of the longest running chess tournament in the United States. It was established in 1965 and has since attracted chess players from all over the world and from all levels, beginners to Grandmasters.

Regular entry fee for the 4-day or 3 -day sections of the Main Tournament is $185. (This rate ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.) Late registration is on Thursday, November 23 and after, is $220!

A Scholastic Tournament will also run simultaneously with the main tournament of the 2017 American Open Chess Championship.

Scholastic Entry Fees are:
Booster: $50*
Junior Varsity: $60*
Varsity: $70*
(*This regular rate ends 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Late registration, November 13 and after, is: $60 for Booster, $70 for Junior Varsity, and $90 for Varsity.)

This year’s American Open Chess Championship will be held at Hilton Hotel, 3050 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Don’t miss out! Register and reserve your place at

We look forward to seeing you there!