Scholastic Tournament is for chess players in grades Kindergarten to 12th grade, this tournament is usually on the last Sunday of the month. 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.

Once a year, we also have summer tournament at the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier. Details are below.


Regular Scholastic Tournament

The Details: Four sections

  1. K-12th grade Open rating 1200 and above(3 rounds)
  2. K-12th grade rated Under 1200 (4 rounds)
  3. K-6th grade rated under 600 (4 rounds)
  4. K-6th grade U400 (4 rounds)

Rounds 1 starts 11:30 AM with awards estimated at around 4:30 pm.

Time control: Game 60 minutes in K-12th Open section, and Game 30 minutes in all other sections.

Entry Fee: $35 ($40 onsite)  Registration through Eventbrite

Eventbrite - ChessPalace Scholastic Chess Tournament - May

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.

Early registration ends 11:59 pm on June 30, 2019. $35 until day before the tournament.

Same-day registration ends at 9:00 am.

Eventbrite - 2019 Summer Fiesta Chess Tournament