The New Hampshire Chess Association (NHCA) is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to promote chess in the state of New Hampshire. The NHCA runs six major tournaments a year, these include:

  1. Queen City Tornado
  2. New Hampshire Quick Chess Championship
  3. New Hampshire Open
  4. New Hampshire Senior Championship
  5. New Hampshire Amateur Championship
  6. New Hampshire Scholastic Individual Championships
  7. New Hampshire Scholastic Team Championships

Walter Fabian 1953-2020

The NHCA mourns the passing of Walter Fabian, an avid supporter of chess in New Hampshire. Walter was a kind and intelligent man, with an eagerness to serve that led him to a position on the NHCA’s Policy Board. Walter was also a talented chess player, with his most noteworthy accomplishment being his performance at the 2017 New Hampshire Senior Championship, where he emerged as co-New Hampshire Senior Champion. Walter’s friendly, welcoming and easy-going nature embodied what the NHCA strives for in our chess-playing community. He’ll be sorely missed.

Upcoming Events


On Sunday, July 26, 2020, the New Hampshire Chess Association will hold its annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. It is at this meeting that officers are elected and that the year’s activities are reviewed. Due to COVID-19, this year’s meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending the meeting should contact NHCA President John Elmore at johnpelmore@yahoo.com so as to secure an invitation.


Due to COVID-19, the New Hampshire Chess Association has been forced to cancel much of its 2020 schedule, including the Scholastic Individual Championships, the Scholastic Team Championships and the New Hampshire Open. The next event on the schedule is the New Hampshire Amateur, currently set for November 7, 2020 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Details concerning the event will follow, should the event be able to go forward.