A Weekly Saturday Tradition


  • This weekly classic Gambito has been running for over 21 years

  • New players, including kids, are welcome to play in this challenging event

  • This tournament is a single day 4-round rapid event

  • The time control is Game 45 with a 5 second delay

  • Requires United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership to play

  • You can join the USCF at this event!

  • Try to bring a set including a clock if possible


  • 10:00am - 10:25am : Registration

  • 10:30am : Round 1 followed by Round 2

  • ~2:30pm : Lunch

  • 3:00pm : Round 3

  • 6:15pm : Tournament ends (approximately)


  • Unrateds play for free, but they are ineligible to win cash prizes (instead they can select one of our chess books)

  • Super Gambito (The first Saturday of each month) : $30

    • Entry fee is higher because there is a larger prize fund

  • All other Saturdays: $25

  • Please note that if you arrive after 10:25am and want to play in Round 1, there is an additional $5 fee

    • Over 70% of fees collected are paid out in cash prizes

  • Fines : If your cell phone rings any time during the games, you will incur a $5 fine

Please Note

  • 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)

  • 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