Gabriel Sam takes first place in 28th Anniversary Tournament!
August 11th, 2018

28th Anniversary

Over 50 players competed in a 5 round G/30 event. Celebrated with event t-shirts and food, the tournament completes the service of the chess club that was established in 1990.


1st Gabriel Sam

2nd – 6th  Arsenio Valencerina, Tony Kukavica, Louie Rivera, Nathan Weber, Marius Lucan

Top U1900 – Ojas Mehta, Sam Katagi

Top U1600 – Maxwell Chu

Top U1300 – Teddy Cruz, Siddesh Ganapathy, Sterling Patick, Sam Weber, Dalton Bateau, Curtis Weber, Michael Redden

Top Unr – Elisha Thomas

Imaad Rana wins Summer Fiesta Chess Championship on tie-breaks!
July 21st, 2018
On a beautiful Sunday at Santa Monica Beach with a light breeze and lots of sun, close to 50 junior players competed. SoCal players were joined with international visitors, from as far as China and Chicago, came to play in a 4 round Championship.

In the Open section, last year’s Champions, Ethan Aquino is co-champioin with Imaad Rana who ended up wining the 1st place trophy on tiebreaks.

Karo Sokhikyan went undefeated in the U1200 section. Colin Tarng scored a perfect score in the U800. Sofia Vigil swept the U400 with a 4-0. In the non-rated section, Tingling Zhang took 1st place.

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CLUB Announcement
ChessPalace will be closed on Sunday, July 15, 2018 to host a Scholastic chess tournament at Santa Monica Pier.

Summer is here!
The 2018 Chess Camp Session schedules are out! Visit the Summer Camp page for more details: Summer Chess Camp

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The 2018 American Open will be on Thursday, November 22  to Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the same location as last year’s, the Hilton Hotel at Costa Mesa. Check back soon for details and to register.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Registration for the American Open 2017 is now open!

This year’s American Open will be held on November 23 – 26, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel at 3050 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Entry fee is $185 for the 4-day or 3 -day sections of the Main Tournament. If you register by August 31, 2017, you can save $35! Entry fee for the Early Bird registration is only $150. Sign up at .

You can also save on the Scholastic Entry Fees! Early bird entry fees for the scholastic section are:
Booster (Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017): $40
Junior Varsity (Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017): $50
Varsity (Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 25-26, 2017): $60

Don’t miss out! Early Bird Pricing ends 11:59 pm on August 31, 2017.


Chess Palace’s Spring Cleaning Sale Event on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Clearance prices up to 80% off on chess equipment, books, DVDs, software, and more for 1-day only! As a chess enthusiast and supporter of our community, we would like to invite you to take advantage of these low prices. There will also be refreshments and snacks.

We will also be kicking off early bird entry fees for our annual American Open chess tournament on Thanksgiving weekend at Costa Mesa!

Remembering Yale Warsaw

yale ao 16 Yale Warsaw died of a heart attack on the morning of March 11th, 2017 at his home in San Fernando Valley. At 68 years old, he was a retired US Postal worker and avid chess player. Inducted to the Chess Palace Hall of Fame for his support, Yale is known for his generosity and welcoming nature. He frequented local shops and supported local businesses. Over the chessboard he is remembered as fierce and focused, sometimes playing younger opponents to exhaustion. Beyond the board, Yale will be remembered as a wonderful conversationalist and a great friend.

Dreaming King Champion 2017

MeeGabriel Mee went undefeated in the Dreaming King Championship U1700 section. In addition to the 140 rating points he earn over MLK weekend, his 1st prize winnings came with an $800 check! This 5th grader is getting a head start saving for his college tuition! He plans to share his best game from the tournament. Stay tuned for the date of this upcoming star’s debut!

Regionals I, August 2016

Four-way tie in the top section of the first Regionals on August 2016 were won by

Jeffrey Yang, Trung Phan, Albert Nguyen, and Ethan Aquino.
Batbuyan Injinash score perfect in K-12 U1300.
Alyssa Changkachith tops K-6.
Siddesh  Ganapathy goes undefeated in the K-3.
Daniel gets first in the unrated section.

Grandmaster Sevillano wins 26th Anniversary Tournament on July 24th, 2016

Ethan Aquino clinched first at Summer Fiesta for the 4th time!

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A total of 50 players competed under the sun. Between body builders at muscle beach and tourists on roller coaster rides, the chess park’s only rated scholastic tournament was held on July 10th this year. In a tough pool U1200 section produced a 3-way tie between Dalton Bateau, Injinash Batbuyan, and Richard Bo. In just as competitive group Teddy Cruz cleared first one round early. Adarsh Swaminathan won U400.