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.


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 $35; $45 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.

Eventbrite - 2019 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part I Eventbrite - 2019 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part II Eventbrite - 2019 Regional Scholastic Chess Series Part III

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


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.