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

In Memoriam: Albert French

The New Hampshire Chess Association mourns the passing of Albert “Al” French, a member of the policy board and a long-standing supporter of chess in New Hampshire. Al’s work in chess was considerable, including significant contributions in teaching chess in prisons. Beyond that, Al was a strong chess player, with a successful career achieving its peak when he became the New Hampshire Amateur Champion in 2017. More than his competitive achievements, however, he will be remembered for his friendly and casual approach to chess competition. He was easy to like, and he’ll be missed.

Upcoming Events


February 25, 2023 New Hampshire

4SS, G/60 d5. DoubleTree Hotel, 700 Elm St. (Granite St. exit off I-293), Manchester, NH. $$G 2,050. Four sections. Open, EF: $39 if rec’d by 2/23, free to GM/IM. $$G: $250-180-120, U2100 $130, U1950 $110. Under 1800, EF: $39 if rec’d by 2/23. $$G: $200-130-100, U1600 $110. No Unr. may win over $130. Under 1400, EF: $39 if rec’d by 2/23. $$G: $160-110-90. No Unr. may win over $90. Under 1200, EF: $33 if rec’d by 2/23. $$G: $120-80-65 U1000 $50, UNR $45. No Unr. may win over $65. All, EF $6 more if paid at site. Online advance entry available at nhchess.org until 6 p.m. on 2/24. NHCA membership required of rated NH residents; dues $8 adult, $6 age U19. Reg.: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sat. 2/25. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Half-point bye OK for any one rd, must commit before rd 2; no player may request a half-point bye after receiving a full-point bye. Masks optional. Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103. Info: [email protected].

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Here’s an updated list of scholastic events happening in New Hampshire.

January 7, Kearsarge Regional Elementary, New London: Register here

January 28, Epping High Scholastic: Register here

February 4, Holy Family Academy Scholastic, Manchester

February 18, Epping High Scholastic

March 4, Mascenic Regional Scholastic, New Ipswich

March 18, Epping High Scholastic

April 1, tentative Individuals Championship

April 15, tentative Team Championship

May 20, Harrisville Scholastic

More tournament dates in the works.

Stay tuned.