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What's New

Note new, earlier starting time. Beginning with this program, tournament play will start an hour earlier and the club will close an hour earlier. This is to accomodate City requirements. The club will open at 5:00 p.m., tournament play will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the club will close at 10:00 p.m. Players will need to end play by 10:00 p.m.

What's New

The winter chess program is up on the City's website and on the ACTIVE listing. So, people can now sign up. Also, registration forms will be available beginning this Friday at the club.

Penalties for no-show forfeits have been enhanced. See rules on home page below.

Need a bye?

To request a bye, email us at:
You must send us this before 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Earlier is better. If you know a week or more in advance, you may also put a note on the previous week’s pairing sheet that you’ll need a bye. Pairings are made at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Players are not guaranteed a bye unless their request is confirmed verbally or by email. We are trying to avoid “no show” forfeits. Players who do not show up for their pairing will be forfeited. They may be penalized by not being paired the following round. xxx

Where, When, Info

Location: La Palma Central Park, 7821 Walker St., La Palma, CA 90623. Map

When: The club is open Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All tournament games begin at 6:00 p.m. The club closes promptly at 10:00 p.m. The club's current schedule of events is here.

For more information: Call Brian Scanlon (Club President) 714.523.2550 ( or Mike Brady 562.867.8248

No-Show Forfeits

1. A player who fails to show up for a game for which he or she was paired will not be paired for the next round. In following rounds the player will be paired if: (a) if he or she is present before 6:15 p.m., or (b) in the case of unavoidable late arrival the TD is notified that the player will be late but will attend.

2. A player who incurs two no-show forfeits will be dropped from that tournament.

3. A player who incurs four no-show forfeits will be dropped from all tournaments for the remainder of the year.


LPCC is free for spectators and casual or blitz play. There is no annual club membership fee.

There is a three month session fee that includes entry in all our USCF rated events in that period. Or, you may enter the tournaments individually. Usually, there are two or three events in a session (in one or two sections by rating) with occasional one night events. The session fee is a considerable discount over entering all events individually. The entry fee for the current session is in the range of $45. The current tournament fee is about $20-$30. A $5 discount applies if you are a La Palma resident.

Since all tournament games are USCF rated, players must have an active USCF membership to play in tournaments.

LPCC Grand Prix

LPCC's Grand Prix is an ongoing twice-per-year competition that awards cash and other prizes for winning performances and regular participation. Grand Prix points are accumulated from all regular tournament games. Our purpose is to reward our most frequent participants and most winning players. Current Grand Prix standings are here, and Grand Prix rules and prizes are here.


Don't lose your game on a forfeit. Keep your smartphone OFF during the games. See Rule No. 14 for details.

This site includes pages for games played at LPCC and puzzles. Puzzles are usually combinations taken from games but sometimes they are composed problems or endgame positions. They are subjectively designated as easier, medium and difficult. Here is a sample puzzle: