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posted Jan 29, 2020, 8:18 PM by Joe Han   [ updated Jan 30, 2020, 5:03 AM ]

2020 Scholastic Team Tournament Policy Clarification

posted Jan 8, 2020, 6:15 PM by Joe Han

Coaches, please note that board order at the team tournament will be determined by players' January rating supplement.

National Scholastic Regulations: Notation Required at Tournaments

posted Nov 8, 2019, 7:19 PM by Joe Han   [ updated Nov 8, 2019, 7:24 PM ]

Notation will be *required at all US Chess Federation national scholastic events! Coaches and parents, please read the following attached article to learn more about the changes and how they may affect your players.

Please note that the national level regulations may differ from Mississippi Chess Association requirements for scholastic tournaments.

*For all middle and high school sections, and most elementary sections. Please see article for details. Players are strongly encouraged to notate regardless of skill level, as notation is a key component of the learning process!

COACHES: Scholastic Tournament Notation Sheets

posted Oct 22, 2019, 12:23 PM by Joe Han   [ updated Oct 22, 2019, 12:33 PM ]

This is an official notice to coaches that notation sheets will be REQUIRED at all state scholastic events for all sections except K-1. Please find example notation sheets here: USCF_Notation_Sheets and have your students practice playing games with them. It will make the whole tournament experience easier and less stressful if they know how to use notation ahead of time!

Congratulations to the 2019 MS State Chess Co-champions!

posted Oct 22, 2019, 12:15 PM by Joe Han   [ updated Oct 22, 2019, 12:19 PM ]

Congratulations to the 2019 Mississippi State Chess Co-champions, Benson Schexnaydre, Savetha Ch, and Stephen L Curry! Each finished the tournament with 4.0 points, having drawn each other in matches at some point in the tournament. A deservedly split title!

You can view the tournament crosstable here:
and view past tournaments here:

Correction to address for MS Closed Championship

posted Oct 18, 2019, 8:54 AM by Joe Han   [ updated Oct 18, 2019, 8:54 AM ]

We realize that we listed the wrong address for the tournament, and it has been corrected to 1018 Highland Colony Parkway. Apologies for any confusion.

Online Payment Now Available!

posted Sep 19, 2019, 4:09 PM by Tom Griffin

Payment for events can now be submitted via PayPal secure online payment. Just navigate to the event details page and find the payment button corresponding to the event you wish to register for.

MCA Annual Business Meeting

posted Aug 17, 2019, 11:14 AM by Joe Han   [ updated Aug 17, 2019, 1:24 PM ]

The annual business meeting will be held during the State Closed Championship on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1-2pm, and if necessary, extended to a second meeting on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1-2pm.

Calendar now updated with live notifications!

posted Jul 30, 2019, 5:29 PM by Joe Han   [ updated Jul 30, 2019, 5:31 PM ]

Our calendar has been updated with upcoming events and details; if you add our calendar to yours via Google Calendars (click the Google icon at the bottom right of the calendar) and enable notifications, you'll get reminders for registration deadlines, tournament round times, etc. We hope you find this to be a helpful feature!

Website Changes

posted Jul 27, 2019, 8:29 AM by Joe Han   [ updated Jul 27, 2019, 9:43 AM ]

We heard your feedback, and have made some changes to the website with more to come! 

Here is a summary of what was changed, in case you have trouble finding anything:

Consolidated pages to reduce clutter:
  • Moved Email Policy, Contacts (renamed to MCA Contacts), and Clubs pages to under the new Contact page
  • Moved Calendar to under the new Events and Calendar page
  • Moved Hall of Champions, History, Newsletter, Tournament Results (rn to Tournament Archive) and Links (rn Useful Websites) to under the new Media page
  • Moved Lessons (rn to Find a Coach), Getting Started (rn to Getting Started Over-the-Board), Ratings, and Education (rn to Why Chess?) to under the Play Chess! page.
Created new pages for better organization:
  • Contact - organize contact information and policies
  • Events and Calendar - hold calendar and events subpages
  • Media - hold updates, historical information, links, etc.
  • Play Chess! - hold information for learning and playing chess
  • Announcements (subpage of Media) - A new page to house announcements
Home Page: 
  • Added Recent Announcements
  • Compressed upcoming events list
  • Embedded the Lichess daily puzzle widget. Enjoy!
Future Changes:
  • We realize some links and contact information are dead/inactive/out-of-date, and we plan to remove or refresh those in the upcoming days, so bear with us!
  • More updates on educational chess materials to come.
If you have any feedback or requests, feel free to fill out a survey on the Contact page!

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