Scholastic Tournament is for chess players in grades Kindergarten to 12th grade, this tournament is usually on a Sunday. Please check the calendar page if there is one this month.

This tournament is great for practicing how to play and what to expect in a competitive setting under the US Chess Federation rules and format.

Upcoming Tournament

Outdoor Scholastic Chess Tournament for Sunday, January 29, 2023. To sign up click here:

Future Dates

  1. January 29
  2. February 26
  3. March 26
  4. April 30
  5. May 21* (Third Sunday of the month instead of the usual fourth Sunday)
  6. June 25
  7. July 30
  8. August 27
  9. September 30
  10. October 29 (Halloween Weekend)
  11. November 25 and/or 26* (Thanksgiving weekend – Saturday and Sunday at the American Open Scholastic Tournaments)
  12. December 17

Regional Scholastic Chess Series

Each tournament is a stand-alone tournament and players can register for 1, 2, or all 3 of the tournaments. (SPECIAL Prize: For players with a combined score of 10 points or more in total from this tournament series will win an entry to the current year’s 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 $36; $50 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.


Summer Fiesta Chess Tournament at Santa Monica Chess Park

5 Sections

  • Open
  • Under 1100
  • Under 800
  • Under 400
  • Non-rated section

Time Control: game 30 minutes with 5 seconds delay

Schedule: 4 rounds/5 rounds (depending on how fast the students are playing)
10 AM, 11:15 AM, 1 PM, 2:15 PM (5 rounds: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm)

Chess sets are included. Bring notation booklets, pencils, and clocks if applicable. Come prepared with hats, caps, sunscreen, sunglasses, and drinking water. $35 until day before the tournament.

Same-day registration ends at 9:00 am.