About the Gambito

A weekly Saturday Tradition

The weekly Gambito chess tournament is a one day four round rapid event requiring United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership to play.

You can join the USCF at the event. This weekly classic has been running for over 15 years. Time control is Game 45 with a 5 second delay. Registration starts at 10:00 and finishes at 10:25. First round is at 10:30. The tournament usually finishes by 6:15 in the evening. Please note that if you arrive after 10:25 and want to play in round one there is an additional $5 fee.

We break for lunch after round 2 at around 2:00. Round 3 starts at around 2:45.

If you are USCF rated, you must pay an entry fee of $30 for Super Gambitos (the first Saturday of the month, e.g. December 3rd) and $25 otherwise. Over 70% of fees collected are paid out in cash prizes.

We can often use "house" players (again, USCF membership is required so we can rate the event) if we have an odd number of players in a section.

There is a $5 fine if your cell phone rings during play. New players, including kids, are welcome to play in this challenging event.

There are a few Saturdays during the year when there is no Gambito (e.g. a larger local event being held on a Saturday, or a parade in the park which creates too much noise for players). Please double check the club calendar to be sure there is a Gambito scheduled on the Saturday you want to attend.

Please email sandiegochessclub@gmail.com if you have any questions or leave a voicemail at 619-75-CHESS.