The Chess Empowerment Association of Middle Georgia is hosting their First Annual Spring Tournament on April 14, 2018, at the Mercer University School of Medicine from 8:30am-5:30pm. This tournament is open to all levels of competitor, including rounds for Rated and Unrated players.

Chess Empowerment Association - Secondary picture FPD practice
FPD practice. Photo by Shawn Shivdat.

The round times are as follows: 9am, 10:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm. The format for the tournament will be Swiss 5 Rounds, and the awards ceremony will be held at 5 pm after the final round of competition.

For those interested in registering to participate, please go to the Chess Empowerment Association website at



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