Are you in for the long game?

February is upon us which means you can start a new tournament at our Wednesday Knights, which is our month-long tournament.

How it works:

There will be 4 rounds to play this month, one game for each Wednesday of February (yes, including Valentine’s Day).

The time control for each player, for each round, is 30moves/90minutes + sudden death 30minutes ( 5-second delay starting move one). This means a player has 90 minutes (with a 5-second delay) to make 30 moves; if that 30 moves are done within that 90 minutes then the player gets another 30 minutes added to their time.

This tournament is USCF-rated event (submitted after the last round), which means your US Chess Federation (USCF) membership has to be current. All players will be in one section only paired using the Swiss-pairing system. So there is an opportunity for a good challenge, a good game for anyone.

If you would like to play, contact us by 7 pm on the first Wednesday by phone at 714-899-3421 or by email at

2018 Q1 Scholastic Tournaments

The 2018 Scholastic Tournaments for the first quarter is here! It will be held at ChessPalace on the last Sunday of January, February, and March. The first of the series will be on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Details are below:

4 sections:

  1. K – 12th grade with rating over 1200
  2. K – 12th grade under 1200
  3. K –  6th grade under 600
  4. K – 6th grade under 400

Time Control: Game 30 min with 5 seconds delay; (Open Section – 60 minutes/player)
Rounds (3 or 4 rounds): 11:30 AM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Awards: 4:00 pm (Trophies to top 3 finishers in each section)
Entry Fee: $35 advance entry/$40 onsite
Lunch: $5 for pizza and juice

*US Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required and can be registered on-site*
Register Here


*PLEASE NOTE: Changes to our normal days/hours of operation for the holidays.
Sunday, December 24th — Open, 9 AM – 12 PM (Noon)
Monday, December 25th — CLOSED
Tuesday, December 26th — CLOSED
Wednesday, December 27th — OPEN, 1 PM – 8 PM
Thursday, December 28th — CLOSED
Friday, December 29th — CLOSED
Saturday, December 30th — CLOSED
Sunday, December 31st  — CLOSED
Monday, January 1 — CLOSED
Thank you for your understanding. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

$1500 Fun-d!

The 2017 American Open Blitz Tournament this Saturday, November 25, 2017 has a $1,500 prize fund, guaranteed!

Here are the details:Blitz clock pic
1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd – 100,
U2300 1st – $115, 2nd – $60,
U2100 1st – $110, 2nd – $55,
U1900 1st – $200, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $50,
U1700 1st – $110, 2nd – $55,
U1500 1st – $70, 2nd – $35,
U1300 – $40

Rounds: 5 round double swiss , G/5; d0.
Site: Hilton Costa Mesa. 3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Registration ends on Saturday 9 pm.
EF: $35 by Nov. 22. $50 11/23 and after including onsite.
Rounds: 9:30 pm -10-10:30-11-11:30.
Info: 714-899-3421,
Register online to reserve your spot to play for a chance to win!

See you there!

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