The 2nd Saturday of each Month

ICEA Chess
Monthly USCF-rated

Playing Competitive Chess Tournaments in West LA
Players rated 2000+ are eligible to play for free.
All Children and Adults are welcome!


Format/Time Control:

  • 1800+ Section: 4 Round SS, G/45;+5
  • 1000+ Section: 4 Round SS, G/45;+5
  • U1000 Section: 3 Double Rounds SS, G/30;+5

Entry Fee:

$25 (Pay Online) / $30 (Pay Onsite)
(2000+ Players play for free)



For each section:
  • 6-10 Players: Top 3 players
  • 11-20 Players: Top 4 Players
  • 20-30 Players: Top 5 Players
  • 30-40 Players: Top 6 Players

(The prize payout will be based on the number of players in each section. 70% of the collection will be added to the prize pool. In the event of a tie, the prize will be split among the winners with the same scores.)

Grand Prix:

1 round win = 2 points
(for U1000 double games round, both 2 v.s. 0 and 1.5 v.s. 0.5 are considered as 1 round win)
1 round tie = 1 point

ICEA Chess @ The Wende

The Wende Museum

  10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
ICEA Chess @ St. Andrew

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church

11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

2023 Schedule & Registration

Event Date Registration/Result Player List
2023 February ICEA Chess @ The Wende 2/11/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 March ICEA Chess @ The Wende 3/11/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 April ICEA Chess @ The Wende 4/8/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 May ICEA Chess @ The Wende 5/13/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 June ICEA Chess @ The Wende 6/10/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 July ICEA Chess @ The Wende 7/8/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 August ICEA Chess @ The Wende 8/12/2023  To skip due to a conflict with Pan-American Youth Chess Festival  
2023 September ICEA Chess @ The Wende 9/9/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 October ICEA Chess @ St. Andrew 10/14/2023 Register Here
(by 10/13/2023)
2023 November ICEA Chess @ St. Andrew 11/11/2023  TBA  
1st ICEA Annual Scholastic Championship [Free] 12/2/2023  TBA  
  • Esther Jou won 1st place of 1800+ section in 2023 July Chess Tourney


Q: Can I just come by and register onsite?

A: Onsite registration is possible, but we strongly encourage players to register online in advance to avoid delays and ensure a spot in the tournament. Please note that onsite registration is subject to availability and space may be limited.

Q: Is the tournament indoors or outdoors?

A: The 1000+ and 1800+ sections are playing indoors at an upstairs loft in the museum. The U1000 section is playing outdoors in the museum garden with covers.

Q: As a chess player, do I need to bring my chess set and clock?

A: Chess players are responsible for bringing their own chess set and clock (scoresheets will be provided, but it would be best to bring your own). We may have limited sets and clocks available for use, but it is not guaranteed.

Q: Can I watch the games?

A: Spectators are welcome to watch the games as long as they adhere to all tournament rules and respect the players by remaining quiet during the matches. We hope you enjoy watching the tournament!

Q: I never play a (OTB) chess tournament before, should I bring a chess set or something else?

A: Yes. If you have never played in an over-the-board (OTB) chess tournament before, it is recommended that you bring your own chess set, clock, pencils, and scoresheets. These items are typically required for tournament play. You may also find it helpful to watch this video to become familiar with the rules and expectations of OTB tournaments.

Q: If I cannot make all rounds, can I skip some of them?

A: Absolutely. You can request byes for any rounds by filling out the registration form or emailing team@icea1.org at least one hour before the requested rounds start. In the form or email, specify which rounds you would like to skip. You will get up to one half-point bye for 1000+/1800+ section.

Q: If I registered in advance, but I cannot make it later, can I get a refund?

A: Unfortunately, registration fees are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend the tournament, we can hold your registration for a future tournament at your convenience.

Q: How can I get the prize?

A: If you win a prize while still onsite, you will receive a check immediately after the tournament concludes. If you have left before the end of the tournament, we will contact you for digital payment through Venmo, Zelle, or PayPal. You can also reach out to us at team@icea1.org when you see your name listed in the winner’s list.

Q: I am 2000+ rated player, since I don’t need to pay the entry fee, am I still eligible for a prize?

A: Yes, as a 2000+ rated player, you can play for free and are also eligible for a prize. However, a $25 deduction will be applied if you win.

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