SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

(Online registration only))

Our Jacksonville First Coast Open tournaments are the heart of Chess for Charity Jax. By participating in this event, you provide our community with free weekly chess tournaments, classes and most importantly, food for our local food pantry. Chess for Charity Jax was founded in February 2021 and as of July 2022, we have donated 145 baskets of food, supported 268 chess players by hosting 64 free rated tournaments and provided 98 free chess classes. To encourage the growth of chess, we have also hosted free Tournament Director (TD) Workshops and held free guest lectures by influential chess professionals. Please consider attending our Jacksonville First Coast Open to help further chess in Florida and to continue to help those in need.


OPEN Classical Rated Section: Standard Swiss, 65 minute game with a 5 second delay, 2 rounds. 

U1000 Quick Rated Section: Standard Swiss, 20 minute game with a 5 second delay, 4 rounds. 

Active USCF number required. Chess sets and clocks provided. No on-site registration.


Check-in at 10:30am. Tournament starts at 11am.

OPEN Classical rated Section: Round 1 @ 11am, Round 2 @ 2pm.

U1000 Quick rated Section:  Round 1 @ 11am, Round 2 @ 12pm, Round 3 @ 2pm, Round 4 @ 3pm.


Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246.


Suggested donation, $20.

If you are unable to make the suggested donation we welcome and encourage you to attend - we wish all to attend regardless of ability to donate. Please contact us. 


For more information, contact Tournament Director Ray Ratliff at 904-677-1445 or info@ChessForCharityJax.com.


Chess for Charity Jax is an entirely volunteer-run and self-funded family organization dedicated to giving back to our community. Inspired by our children’s love for the beautiful game of chess, Chess for Charity Jax serves the community through the generosity of our members. We collect nonperishable food items during our free classes and free rated chess tournaments and donate that food to local food banks. Our chess instructors and tournament directors are a group of volunteers that donate their time and knowledge to help further chess in Northeast Florida. Please come and experience what we offer and if you can, bring a nonperishable food item because like in chess, EVERY PIECE COUNTS!


Our mission at Chess for Charity Jax is to build a united chess community with a focus on combating hunger.

Below are a few ways you can support our mission.

  • Register for our Jacksonville First Coast Open tournament at


  • Drop off a nonperishable food item at any of our events.

  • Donating time or expertise. Please contact us at info@ChessForCharityJax.com.

  • We welcome all monetary contributions. Your donation directly support operating costs (chess material, tournament rating reports, website, etc) and additional food for our local food pantry.

Paypal: paypal.me/chessforcharityjax 



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