The Orlando Chess & Games Center (OCG) was founded by FIDE Master Alex Zelner in 2002. Since that time, it has grown to become an active chess center where people of all ages come to learn, practice and compete in the great game of chess.


New Mobile-Friendly Website & Tournament Room Facilities for OCG's 1-Day Saturday Tournament Events

At the invitation of the UCF Chess Club, all future OCG tournaments now take place on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the Student Union building on-campus at the University of Central Florida. See tournament listing for more details.

UCF's Student Union Image Gallery

OCG OFFERS VARIOUS USCF TOURNAMENT FORMATS
& CHESS COACHING OPTIONS 

USCF Tournaments

Orlando Chess & Games Center

Orlando Chess & Games Center has been a USCF affiliate since 2002 and has completed 383+ USCF-rated events in their 14-year history as a chess training and tournament facility in direct support of competitive chess in the Orlando area. 

OCG's New Tournament Room for Saturday 1-day Scholastic, Quick & Blitz events

USCF Scholastic Events
OCG's 1-day scholastic tournaments are for players aged 18 & under and consist of 5SS G/30;d5 rated games that are scheduled on Saturdays about once a month. 
At scholastic tournaments we award trophies and/or medals to players who place, and participation medals for those players who were not able to place.

USCF Open Quick Events
Our USCF rated Quick Open Tournaments are usually formatted as 6SS G/29. Both scholastic and adult players are welcome to participate in the 6 game Swiss system competition.
The typical time control is 29 minutes/game. There are no trophies or medals presented to the players. We award up to $650.00 based on number of participants. Registration: 9:30am-9:45am.

USCF Open Blitz Events
Our USCF rated blitz tournaments consist of a 5 game double-round format (10 games total) with a time control of G/3 +2 second increment.
The Blitz tournament has a prize fund, does not award trophies or medals and is open to both adult and scholastic chess players. We award up to $400.00 based on number of participants. Registration: 4:30pm-5:00pm.

Student Union Glass Pegasus

Chess Lessons

Local Chess Coach & National Tournament Director (NTD) Steven Vigil

Local Chess Coach & National Tournament Director (NTD) Steven Vigil

Local Chess Coaching
The Orlando Chess & Games Center (OCG) has been providing one-on-one and school classroom chess coaching in the Orlando area since 2002.

Local Chess Coach & FIDE Master Alex Zelner, who in 2002, founded the Orlando Chess & Games Center (OCG).

Local Chess Coach & FIDE Master Alex Zelner, who in 2002, founded the Orlando Chess & Games Center (OCG).

FIDE Master Alex Zelner and National Tournament Director (NTD) Steven Vigil have coached countless competitive chess players over the years on the fundamentals necessary to improve their competitive play, regardless of their current ELO/Online rating.

National Online Coaching
Online coaching by GM Alex Goldin, who resides in Chicago, IL., is available to high level competitive chess players who are striving to compete at the top levels of chess.

GM Alex Goldin provides national coaching with Skype and occasionally visits the Orlando Area for Simuls  & other special events.. 

GM Alex Goldin provides national coaching with Skype and occasionally visits the Orlando Area for Simuls  & other special events.. 

School Chess Programs

Orlando Chess & Games Center

Don't have a chess club at your school? We can help you establish a chess program at your school in a matter of weeks. 

We already have a number of schools that utilize our chess coaching staff to operate a meaningful chess program at area schools. 

Time slots are limited due to the shortage of qualified chess coaches that are equally good at working with young players.  If you have an interest, please use the link for contact information.

Thank you for supporting chess in your area!


Need Help Finding Our New Tournament Facility?

If you'd like direct assistance in finding our new Saturday tournament facility in the Student Union building on UCF's main campus, Arnold Banner of the UCF Chess Club can help you find it easier. You can reach Arnold via email, text or cell phone:

For UCF Campus Assistance:
Email Arnold Banner
or Cell/Text
(561) 714-2562

The Green circles on the area map above indicate the Student Union tournament room and Garage parking facilities for Orlando Chess & Games Center's 1-day Saturday tournament events

Student Union Image Gallery


Orlando Chess & Games Center

PAST USCF EVENT CROSS TABLES

The Orlando Chess & Games Center has hosted over 300 USCF rated events since its founding in 2002. Click the button below to view our entire history of USCF events.