With all the open houses, shopping, finding just the right shoes,  PTA volunteer activities, meet and greets ….

REMEMBER: Sign up for chess.

Many schools have an “after school ” coordinated by an outside vender and some use that vender to organize any extracurricular activities held on school properties.   Some  schools rely on their own staff to vet any outside venders and arrange the sign-up process.  Still other schools require staff and/or parent sponsors.  If your school does not have a chess program, Smyrnachess will be happy to help set up a program.  Call us at 404-309-7143.

Happy Back to School.

Winter 2015

School sessions have begun and chess clubs are enrolling. We hope that you had a great holiday and are ready to start shaping your club into a winning team. If your school does not have a chess club, Smyrna Chess can help. We will be happy to work with you, your principal, and/or your PTA to help get you started. Winter and early spring is Tournament time. Competitive chess matches are often between individual students in categories based on school level or on USCF ratings. However, some tournaments are matches between school teams. The MLK tournament, and some others, offer both opportunities. We look forward to a rollicking season. Smyrnachess has once again partnered with Kidz Tennis and Bricks For Kids to offer Spring break Tri-Fun camp in north Buckhead.

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Come and play, learn and make some new friends.

Autumn Notes 2014

Summer and Fall have flown by! We hope you are continuing to enjoy chess. Our fall chess clubs are about to complete their sessions and we are happy to say that interest is high for the coming winter/spring season.

Smyrnachess is participating in something new. We have grouped together with Kidz Tennis and Bricks for Kids to offer holiday camps for the upcoming school holidays. Our camp offers the opportunity to learn something about playing chess or to improve your game, all levels of play will be welcome. But, the day is not only not only chess! Participants will also receive instruction and play time in tennis and Legos based architecture. Registration is in progress. Just click this link: and choose: register for summer camps and holiday

Tri-Fun camps. Thanksgiving and Mid-winter camps will be held at the Northwest Presbyterian Church at 4300 Northside Dr. 30327.

The 2014/15 chess tournament schedule is confirmed and posted at .   Fall participation in tournaments has been lively so do register early. Unfortunately the sites have to be confirmed far in advance so participant numbers are controlled by site regulations. Happy Holidays and Happy Chess!


We hope your winter break was fun and you’re looking forward to an exciting time in your chess clubs. The kickoff for the tournament season is upon us.
The 13th Annual MLK Tournament, rated players only, is on Monday, January 20. Registration is limited to only 500. After that the State Qualifier is Saturday, February 8 , and State Championship, invitation only, is Saturday, March 23. So, put on your thinking caps, take a deep breath, and play on. Good game!
Whether you’re a future grand master or just exploring the game, thanks for checking out the Smyrnachess web site. And, you can get registration information at


The summer flew by.  We are meeting and greeting hundreds of potential chess students at schools all over metro Atlanta.  We are looking forward to seeing you.


We are looking forward to classrooms full of ardent young chess students. Time in NOW to sign up for the chess club at your school. Fall sessions are a perfect time to learn chess or improve your game. There will be many small tournament opportunities this fall before the major tournaments begin in January.



Cheers to all who participated in the SuperNationals!
There were 5,335 students playing. Georgia had over 260 scholastic players who represented the state quite well.
The competition took place in Nashville, TN over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 5-7.
Drew from Whitefield Academy won co-champion status, first place by winning all 7 of his games in the kindergarten to first grade section. Great job Drew for winning the highest level of all individual awards given to Georgia players.
Other students repeated their first place win of the Bughouse Tournament. The Trinity School K-3 under 800 team tied for 10th overall. In that same section multiple Georgians received individual trophies for finishing in the top 35 in the nation. We are proud of you all. There were 20 sections of competition with Georgians showing considerable skill and stamina in the grueling tournament.
Thanks to all the student players and Georgia adults who coached, chaperoned, and volunteered their weekend to produce this spectacular event.
We look forward to seeing many of you great chess players at the less intense, “fun”, tournaments over the next few months. Keep a check here and at the Georgia Chess Website.

2013 State Qualifier Tournament

This was the largest chess tournament with over 1000 students, kindergarten to eighth grade, participating.  Congratulations to all who played for being such great sports.  We especially congratulate all those teams who did qualify  and receive an invitation to  the state championship match.  Good games to all!

Smyrnachess sends a special cheer out to one of our school teams, E. Rivers Elementary School K to 5 .  Good going and best of luck in the state match. YEAH TEAM!