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

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The New Hampshire Chess Association is glad to report that it has received requests to enter the New Hampshire Open from 36 players, meaning that that the even has reached its capacity. Withdrawals are not expected but remain possible, so anyone interested in a spot that should become open is invited to contact John Elmore at johnpelmore@yahoo.com.

4SS, G/90 +30. Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd near exit 4 of Everett Turnpike (Rte 3), Nashua, NH 03062; 603-888-1551. $$ 1,515 Gtd. 12 players max per section (NH players given preference) in 3 sections; preregistration required. Championship: open to all. EF: $50. $$Gtd: $200-150-100, U2000 $120. NH Champion title to top NH resident. Tim Chevalier Memorial Prize $100 to top NH resident under age 21. Under 1850: EF: $50. $$Gtd: $150-120-100, U1650 $100. Under 1450: EF: $50. $$ Gtd: $120-100-80, U1000 $75. All sections: NHCA membership required of rated NH residents; dues $8 adult, $6 under 19. Adherence to NHCA Covid protocols is required. Reg.: Must preregister by July 19th. Rds 10-3, 9:30-2:30. Half-point bye okay in any one Rd except Rd 4 of Champ section; must commit before start of Rd 2. No half-point byes for players receiving full-point byes. HR: $119, reserve directly with hotel at 603-888-1551 (mention NH Chess). To secure a spot, apply by e-mail to johnpelmore@yahoo.com before 6 p.m. on Monday 7/19. NH players may apply starting June 1st. If capacity is not reached by July 1st, out-of-state players will be permitted to apply. Note that achieving balanced numbers in the three sections will be a priority and may influence who is accepted. The final list of those accepted will be posted shortly after Monday 7/21; players will also be notified by e-mail and instructed to pay the EF on Square Market. Tournament-related questions, withdrawals etc. to Bob Messenger at bob.messenger@myfairpoint.net.