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

Upcoming events


2024 New Hampshire Open

July 13th and 14th in Manchester, New Hampshire

4SS, 40/90 SD/30 +30. Manchester DoubleTree, 700 Elm St (Granite St exit off I-293), Manchester, NH 03101; 603-625-1000. $$Gtd 3,173. Four sections. Open: $$Gtd 320-230-140-100, U2100 180, U1950 170. NH Champion title & $73 bonus to top-scoring NH resident. Tim Chevalier Memorial Prize $100 to top-scoring NH resident under age 21. Under 1800: $$Gtd 260-140-120-100 (Unr may win up to 140), U1600 170. Under 1400: $$Gtd 200-140-120-90 (Unr may win up to 120). Under 1200: $$Gtd 140-100-80-50 (Unr may win up to 80), U1000 85, Unr 65. All: EF $58 in advance or $64 at door, except $53/$59 for Under 1200 section, free to GM/IM in Open. NHCA memb. required for rated NH residents: $8 adult, $6 age 18/under. Reg.: Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m., Rds.: 10-4, 9:30-3:30. H-bye okay for any one round (except Open rd 4) if requested before start of rd 2. No player may have both H-bye and full-point bye. NHCA membership meeting 9 a.m. Sun. HR: $164 (plus 8.5% tax) if reserved directly with hotel or online; reserve by 6/12. Ent: NHCA, c/o John Elmore, 20 Holmgren Rd, Stratham, NH 03885. Online advance entry available at nhchess.org until 8:00 p.m. on July 12. Info only: [email protected].

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Summer Cirkuit

Dates and Locations:

  • Saturday, July 20 at St. Mary’s Academy
  • Saturday, August 10 at St. Mary’s Academy
  • Saturday, August 17 at Portsmouth Christian Academy
  • Sunday, August 25 at Newmarket Recreation Center

Tournament Details:

  • Sections:
    • OPEN (Kings Section)
    • >800 (Knights Section)
  • Format: Swiss-Style Tournament
  • Rounds: 3 Rounds
  • Entry Fee: $15 per tournament


  • Registration: 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Tournament: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Time Control: Each player gets 25 minutes for the entire game, with 5-second increments. (G/25 +5)
  • Round Times: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM
  • Tie-Break Round (if necessary)
  • Awards Ceremony: ~12:30 PM

Prizes will be awarded to the champions of their respective sections.
Snacks will be provided!


St. Mary’s Academy – Cash / Checks / Venmo @jakeholden24
Portsmouth Christian AcademyLink coming soon
Newmarket Recreation CenterLink coming soon


St. Mary’s Academy – 222 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820
Portsmouth Christian Academy – 20 Seaborne Dr., Dover, NH 03820
Newmarket Recreation Center – 1 Terrace Dr., Newmarket, NH 03857

MORE INFORMATION: www.nhchess.us/chesskidz


Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Coach Jake

Calling All Adult Chess Enthusiasts!

Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate player, The New Hampshire Chess League (NHCL) invites you to participate in our exciting summer circuit tournaments!

New Hampshire Chess League

Tournament Details:

  • Dates: July 19th, August 9th, August 23rd
  • Location: Newmarket Recreation Department
    1 Terrace Dr, Newmarket, NH 03857
  • Time: 6:15 PM – ~9:00 PM
  • Time Control: 25+5 minutes
  • Format: Swiss
  • Rounds: 3 Rounds
  • Entry Fee: $15 per tournament*
  • *Food and Beverage will be provided
  • Sections: Open & >1200 (USCF-Rated)

Why You Should Join:

  • Competitive Play: Test your skills against other passionate players.
  • USCF-Rated: Earn and improve your official US Chess Federation rating.
  • Community: Meet and engage with fellow chess enthusiasts in a friendly and competitive environment. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your chess game and connect with the vibrant chess community in New Hampshire. Whether you’re aiming to climb the rating ladder or simply enjoy the game, the NHCL Summer Circuit Tournaments are the perfect stage for your chess ambitions.
  • Register Now: Secure your spot today and get ready to make your move!


See you there!