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2023-2024 CMSCA Chess Tournaments,
Free Chess Lessons, Coding Classes, and more!

All our Tournaments and other activities/events are open to all youth through 12th grade. This includes students who are homeschooled or in public, private, or parochial schools from any location across the USA.

If any questions, please reach us via our contact page -

Class Championship-1 09/23/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

First Team Tournament 10/14/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Junior Open 11/18/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Grade Championship 12/09/2023 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Southern Scholastic 01/20/2024 - 01/21/2024
Info & Registration

Second Team Tournament 02/24/2024 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Class Championship-2 03/16/2024 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

Third Team Tournament 04/20/2024 (Sat.)
Info & Registration

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Please subscribe to our mailing list above to stay up to date on the latest.  We keep our parents and students updated frequently via our mailing list.

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Please consider making a donation to allow us to continue to provide and explore new programs and help us cover our operational costs.  The bottom section has details on making a donation including a possible matching donation/grant from your employer!  We truly appreciate your support!

Unfortunately our operational costs are going up for this coming year, but we will do our best to continue to offer free activities and tournaments.  Please consider donating if you haven't already or donate again if you have.

Upcoming Events!

Free Pizza and Chess at CMSCA's Thursday Action Chess Quads!

  • Sign-up Here! It's not too late to sign up!
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Date: Thursday - December 07, 2023
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm ET (game starts at around 5:30pm ET).
  • Location: South Park Regional Library
  • Address: 7015 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211

Additional Notes:

  • USCF Membership ID is required.
  • Bring your chess set if you own one!
  • Please feel free to bring store bought drinks for your child or to share.
  • New to rated chess? If you need help creating a USCF Membership ID, please let us know upon arrival.

Free Rated CMSCA & Chess Klub Scholastic Chess League

  • Sign-up Here! It's not too late to join!
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Date: Friday - December 08, 2023
  • Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm ET (game starts at around 7:00pm ET).
  • Location: Chess Klub at Ballantyne
  • Address: 14045 Ballantyne Corporate Pl, Ste 101, Charlotte, NC 28277

Additional Notes:

  • Print a Flyer Here
  • USCF Membership ID is required.
  • New to rated chess? If you need help creating a USCF Membership ID, please let us know upon arrival.
  • Game starts at 7:00pm ET. If time permits, students may be able to play a second game.

Grade Championship Rated Chess Tournament

  • Tons of Trophies!
  • Sign-up Here:
  • Date: Saturday - December 09, 2023
  • Time: Arrive by 8:45am ET, Tournament starts at 9:30am ET
  • Location: Randolph Middle School
  • Address: 4400 Water Oak Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

Additional Notes:

  • We will close online registration on the night before the tournament.
  • USCF Membership ID is required. New USCF Membership can be purchased here.
  • New to rated chess? If you need help creating a USCF Membership ID, please register and enter 00000 for USCF ID and arrive early so we can help you create USCF Account.
  • Please bring chess equipment and clock.  Don't own one? Don't worry, we will be selling discounted chess equipment onsite. Buy some for yourself or your Chess Club!
  • Concessions/food will be available for purchase on site.

🌟 CMSCA's Free Coding Class - Game Development 🎮

  • Sign-up Here: We will close online registration once we reach capacity.
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Date: Sunday - December 10, 2023
  • Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Location: South County Regional Library (across from Calvary Church)
  • Address: 5801 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277
  • Required Item: *** Please bring a laptop ***
  • Instructor: Ben Gaines - Highly Experienced Professional Developer
  • Room: Community Room A (First Floor)
  • Note: The Library is not a sponsor, nor does it endorse any practices or points of view of the sponsors of this program. We also cannot reserve consistently or multiple times at the same library. We are also limited in what we can publicize on our website. Hence, please make sure to sign up via our mailing list to stay on top of our upcoming free Chess lessons.

Upcoming CMSCA's Major Chess Tournaments

  • 12/09/2023 (Saturday): Grade Championship Chess Tournament
  • 01/20/2024 - 01/21/2024 (Saturday - Sunday): Southern Scholastic Chess Tournament
  • 02/24/2024 (Saturday): Second Team Tournament Chess Tournament
  • 03/16/2024 (Saturday): Class Championship 2 Chess Tournament
  • 04/20/2024 (Saturday): Third Team Chess Tournament

CMSCA's Chess and AI Student Projects Innovation Hub

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scholastic Chess Association's (CMSCA) Chess and AI Student Projects Innovation Hub. This pioneering initiative is the first of its kind, offering a free Chess and AI project platform by a non-profit organization. 

Overview of Student Projects:

We have students collaboratively spearheading two innovative projects. We encourage additional students to join their efforts or to initiate new projects that can benefit chess non-profits and the wider chess community.

  • An AI Chess Tournament Registration Chatbot: Project is focused on developing an AI-driven Chatbot to streamline the process of registering for chess tournaments. It aims to simplify logistics for participants and chess tournament organizers, enhancing the efficiency and user-friendliness of the experience.
  • AI Chess Information APIs: Creating sophisticated AI-powered APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). These are intended to provide comprehensive chess-related information, such as public data around player stats, upcoming chess tournaments, and tournament details. This tool will be invaluable for players and for non-profits seeking efficient access to detailed chess data. 

Additional Details and Sign Up Here:


CMSCA is a 501(C)(3) non-profit Educational Organization run by Parent and Student Volunteers with the support of our Professional Chess Coaches.

CMSCA Tax ID: 58-1671124

Employer Matching Donations:

CMSCA registered with HUNDREDS of employers for matching donations!

Do you work for an employer that has a matching non-profit donation program like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Duke Energy, or hundreds other? If yes, please consider donating through your employer's portal - it's easy! When donating through their portal, they will typically match and send a matching amount directly to our non-profit. You can search for us using CMSCA or Charlotte Mecklenburg Scholastics Chess Association. Please send us an email at once you have donated to help track and/or if you want donation to be anonymous.

Direct Donations:

Direct Donations also appreciated (e.g. $20, $30, $50, $100, or more):

Large Donations:

Large Donations can be mailed to our P.O. Box below.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scholastic Chess Association
P.O. Box 221882
Charlotte, NC 28222

Thank You!

Thank you to all who have already donated! If you have never donated, but love our events, please consider donating now! CMSCA Board is meeting Sunday to help plan new activities including in the summer (for the first time)! Your donations will make a difference!

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