ICEA Chess @ The Wende

Playing USCF/FIDE-rated OTB Chess Tournaments in West LA

Players rated 2000+ are eligible to play for free.

All Children and Adults are welcome!



The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230



The 2nd Saturday of each Month (Except August)

Event Date Registration/Result Player List
2023 February ICEA Chess @ The Wende 2/11/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 March ICEA Chess @ The Wende 3/11/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 April ICEA Chess @ The Wende 4/8/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 May ICEA Chess @ The Wende 5/13/2023 Official USCF Report Click Here
2023 June ICEA Chess @ The Wende 6/10/2023 Register Here
(by 6/9/2023)
Click Here
2023 July ICEA Chess @ The Wende 7/8/2023  TBA
2023 August ICEA Chess @ The Wende 8/5/2023  TBA  
2023 September ICEA Chess @ The Wende 9/9/2023  TBA  
2023 October ICEA Chess @ The Wende 10/14/2023  TBA  
2023 November ICEA Chess @ The Wende 11/11/2023  TBA  
2023 December ICEA Chess @ The Wende 12/9/2023  TBA  

Tournament Format/Time Control:

  • 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 


  1. The format of the tournament may be subject to change under certain circumstances. For instance, if a section has fewer than six players, it may be necessary to combine it with another section to form a single open section and use McMahon pairing for the tournament.

Round Time:

  • 1000+ / 1800+: 9am / 11am / 2pm / 4pm
  • U1000: 9am / 11am / 2pm

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.

Registration Fee:

$25 Online / $30 Onsite per entry (2000+ Players play for free)


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.

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

Grand Prix:

1 round win = 2 points

(for U1000 double games round, both 2 v.s. 0 and 1.5 v.s. 0.5 are considered as 1 round win)

1 round tie = 1 point

Click Here to view the overall Grand Prix Ranking.


  • Option 1: Venmo $25 registration fee to @intlcea or Zelle to and fill this form.
  • Option 2:  Fill this form First, Pay $30 Onsite
  • Option 3: Using registration link in above 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 above form unless you want to request a bye after the registration)


  1. Registration typically ends at midnight prior to the tournament, however, it may be closed earlier if maximum capacity is reached.
  2. If you have 2000+ rating, you just need to fill this form without any payment for the registration.)


Q: Can adults participate in this tournament?

A: Yes, adults are welcome to participate. We encourage players of all ages to join in the fun.

Q: Is the tournament indoors or outdoors?

A: The 1000+ and 1800+ sections are playing indoors at an upstairs loft in the museum. The U100 section is playing outdoors in the museum garden with covers.

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: 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 (and score sheets). 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. We hope you enjoy watching the tournament!

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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