Amateur Chess Night

Are you interested in playing a live game of chess for fun? Well here’s your opportunity to find chess enthusiasts like you to play a few games with.

Starting April 12, 2018, ChessPalace will host Amateur Chess night every second and fourth Thursdays of the month. We will open the club from 7 pm – 9:30 pm for open casual games. Participants can play as many games as they want within that time and learn from each other. No tournament experience required and games will not be rated so there is no pressure.

We will provide the chess sets and boards. Admission is $5 (Free for ChessPalace club members).

For questions or further details, please email chesspalace2000 (at) yahoo.com.

Come in and play!

 

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 chesspalace2000@yahoo.com.

Chess Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors in High School

The US Chess Federation is offering a  2018 Scholar-Chessplayer scholarship. Application deadline has been extended to March 31, 2018.  Full details and applications at https://new.uschess.org/administration/2018-scholar-chessplayer-applications/

Award info: A total of five awards of $1,500.00 each will be presented for a total of $7,500.00 in scholarship money.  They recognize outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess.

Requirements: a US Chess member, and a high school junior or senior, who has the following chess experiences:

  • Played in at least 25 Regular-rated US Chess or FIDE games during calendar year 2017.  Games that are not regular rated do not count towards the 25 game requirement.
  • Have shown outstanding achievement both in academics and chess
  • Completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the beginning of 9th Grade
  • Articulate in an essay (of 500 words or less) how your selection as a 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer will enable you to further your education, and continue your chess activities in the future

Awarding Criteria:

Applications are scored equally in four areas:  Academics, Chess Playing, Community Contributions, and the Personal Essay.  Contact Susan Kantor, Scholastics Associate, at the US Chess Office, (931) 787-1234 x136 or email skantor@uschess.org with any questions.

Upcoming March Tournaments

Want to play rated games? Join us this March at ChessPalace.

Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018

Wednesday Knights Tournament: One USCF-rated game each Wednesday.

The Details: All players will be in one section paired using the Swiss-pairing system. Time control for each player, for each round, is 30moves/90minutes + sudden death 30minutes ( 5-second delay starting move one). Entry fee for the tournament is $20/month ($25 for non-members +$5 for first time club player). A la carte game(s) are available for $8/round ($10 non-members +$5 for first-time club player).

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Super Saturday Tournament: Three-round USCF-rated chess tournament starting with Round 1 at 11:30 AM.

The Details: Players will be grouped based on ratings. 30 moves/90 minut​es then sudden death 30 minutes, with 5-second delay. Entry fee is $30 for members ($35 for non-members+ $5 for first-time club player). Registration on-site only, and can be on the same day.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Open: Also a three-round USCF-rated chess tournament starting with Round 1 at 11:30 AM.

The Details: Players will be grouped based on ratings. 30 moves/90 minut​es then sudden death 30 minutes, with 5-second delay. Entry fee is $22 for members ($27 for non-members+ $5 for first-time club player). Registration on-site only, and can be on the same day.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

March Scholastic Tournament: Open only to grades Kindergarten to 12th grade. Trophies are awarded for top 3 in each section.

The Details: Round 1 starts at 11:30 AM. Game 60 minutes for K-12 Open section, and Game 30 minutes in all other sections. Entry fee is $35 ($40 same day/on-site).

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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

2017 HOLIDAY HOURS

*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!