ICEA Chess Tournament

ICEA Chess is committed to providing the best USCF-rated tournaments in the Los Angeles area. We welcome all children and adults from any location to participate in the most competitive USCF-rated chess tournaments in LA. The tournament is free for all players with a USCF rating of 2000 or higher. To claim your free entry, simply fill out this form.

ICEA Chess @ West LA

ICEA Chess @ West LA hosts a Monthly OTB Chess Tournament on the second Saturday of each month. It typically features three sections (U1000, 1000+, and 1800+) or four sections during the Super Month (U1000, 1000+, 1600+, 2000+) to accommodate different skill levels based on the monthly supplement USCF ratings.

The tournament is a one-day event with four rounds for the 1000+ and 1800+ sections, running from 9 AM to 6 PM, with a time control of G/45;+5 (45 minutes for each player, plus a 5-second increment per move).

The U1000 section is designed for players with ratings below 1000, making it an excellent starting point for new players who haven't established a USCF rating yet. This section has three double rounds from 9 AM to 4 PM, meaning players will play two games against the same opponent each round.

The 2000+ section during Super Month is designed for players with ratings above 2000 who want to play with a classic time control of G/90;+30 (90 minutes for each player, plus a 30-second increment per move).

Schedule

The second Saturday of each Month

Locations

Nolte Community Center

11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Upcoming Tournament Date
July 13th, 2024

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FAQs

Q: What is a USCF-rated tournament?A: A USCF-rated tournament is an event sanctioned by US Chess, where the outcomes of the games played are submitted to US Chess for the purpose of player rating. If this is your first USCF-rated tournament, you can refer to this document for more information and insights.

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: Indoors.

Q: As a chess player, do I need to bring my own chess set and clock? Is there anything else I should bring?A: Chess players are responsible for bringing their own chess set,  clock, and scoresheets (The USChess Certified Electronic Notation Devices are allowed in this tournament.). We may have a limited number of sets and clocks available for use, but this is not guaranteed, especially for clocks. Players are responsible for setting up their clocks appropriately before the tournament.

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. Please maintain a quiet atmosphere and limit your stay in the play hall to no more than 5 minutes (we will keep the play hall door closed during the tournament). For the top board games (usually the top 4 boards), we will have live streaming available, so you can watch those games online from your mobile device at live.iceachess.org.

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 round starts. In the form or email, specify which rounds you would like to skip. You can receive up to one half-point bye in the 1000+/1800+ section (note that a bye for the last round will be a 0-point bye).

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 and notify us before 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 leave 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 to provide your preferred digital payment method when you see your name listed in the winner’s email, which we send out within one day after the tournament finishes. If you don't receive an email, check your spam folder and ensure you can receive emails from chess@icea1.org or team@icea1.org.

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.

FAQs

Q: What is a USCF-rated tournament?

A: A USCF-rated tournament is an event sanctioned by US Chess, where the outcomes of the games played are submitted to US Chess for the purpose of player rating. If this is your first USCF-rated tournament, you can refer to this document for more information and insights.

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: Indoors.

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, and please maintain a quiet atmosphere and limit your stay in the play hall to no more than 5 minutes. (We will keep the play hall door closed.)

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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