Kentucky Chess Association

The USCF state affiliate for all of Kentucky.

Online Registration Now Available - 2015 Kentucky Open

The KCA now accepts online registration via PayPal services

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The KCA Deeply Regrets to Announce the Death of Mr. Kentucky Chess - Steve Dillard

Steve Dillard was not only a major pillar in the chess community, but a friend to us all. We are deeply saddened by the event and will continue to honor his legacy just as he would have wished.

Steve was a school teacher at Carrithers Middle School and a foster parent for troubled youth. Well known for his huge heart and known to lend a helping hand to those in need. Many of you may know Steve as the tournament director at Meijers and Bluegrass Magic Shop or the senior director as many of Kentucky's larger scholastic events. What you may of not known about Steve was that he is a Hall of Famer not only in Kentucky, but also at a national level. The USCF has awarded Steve with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Some of the many incredible accomplishments include:
  • National Tournament Director
  • Ran over 1300+ tournaments
  • Ran over 4200+ sections 
  • Served KCA officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary)
  • A peak rating of 2000 USCF

We invite you to visit the KCA members forum to share your condolences or to learn about funeral arrangements as they become available.

Congratulations To Our 2015 Scholastic State Champions

The KCA proudly presents this years
Kentucky Scholastic State Champions

A name we know all too well within the KCA community has made his final debut as a scholastic and to no surprise he did not disappoint.
Congratulations Taylor Bagley our K12 champion!! Impressive as always and one we will be watching as he closes in on the title of Master.

Next up Vidu Dinal Godage and Garret Wright shown in the image to the left both score 4.5 to win the K8 division. We look forward to seeing these young competitors continue their triumphs as they move into the the next stages of competitive play.

Next up on our list of champions is Connor Zhang. Connor takes the K5 section by storm with a dominating 5.0 score against a very strong field. A strong enough finish to push his rating up 150 points - WOW.

Another 5.0 score comes from the K3 section. This champion is none other than Oliver Noth. If you don't know who Oliver Noth is yet then you will learn very soon. Oliver is known to take down players well beyond his years. I believe he may even become the youngest titled player in the state if he stays on course.

Last on our list, but certainly not least is our K1 Champion - Caleb Marshall. Caleb finishes 5.0 within the largest section of the event - 36 players.

Congratulations guys and keep up the great play and great sportsmanship!

Want to see this years results within the USCF crosstable? Click Here

2014-2015 Scholastic Chess Blue Book - Now Available

KCA invites you to visit our link page or open our friendly PDF document to see what's new in our revised Blue Book.

For everyone else -
Have some fun with our calculation puzzle!

Which move is best for white? Your answer may change the longer you study ;)
Practice Russian style with this fun exercise and remember to not use an engine or move any pieces on your board if you want to take the challenge

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