ICEA Chess USCF-rated Tournament

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

Upcoming Tournament
March 9th, 2024@St. Andrew

11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
>> Advance Entries <<

Format/Time Control:

Regular Month
  • 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
Super Month (April, July, October)
  • 1800+ Section: 4 Round SS, G/90;+30 (Cross Two Saturdays)
  • Open 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: fill this form to claim the free entry)



  • Option 1: Using online registration link in below event schedule table (find “Registration / Result” column and click on “Register Here”) to register online (NOTE: if you choose this option, there is no need to fill the the form mentioned in other options unless you want to request a bye after the registration)
  • Option 2: Venmo $25 registration fee to @intlcea or Zelle to and fill this form.
  • Option 3: Fill this form First, Pay $30 Onsite.


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.)


The second Saturday of each Month

( + the 3rd Saturday for Super Month)


ICEA Chess @ St. Andrew

Nolte Community Center

11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Play-up Policy:

Please note that the Play-up option is only available to players within 200 USCF rating points of the section they want to play in. For instance, if you wish to play in the 1800+ section, your rating cannot be below 1600 based on your current month’s supplement rating or your most recent rating. If you’re an unrated player who hasn’t played any rated games yet, you’ll need to start with the U1000 section. Keep in mind that your rating will be provisional within your first 25 rated games, and we’ll use your provisioned rating for section eligibility.

Byes Policy:

You can request any number of byes (the rounds to skip) for your convenience by filling the form or send an email to, but make sure to request a bye at least one hour before the tournament round begins. Only one half-point bye will be allowed for sections rated 1000+/1800+ and it cannot be in the last round. All other byes are 0-point byes.


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 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 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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