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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 Amateur Championship
  5. New Hampshire Individual Scholastic Championships
  6. New Hampshire Team Scholastic Championships
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In Memoriam

The New Hampshire Chess Association mourns the passing of Timothy Chevalier, a chess player who left us too soon. Tim was a stalwart within New Hampshire's scholastic chess program and later became an accomplished player at the adult level. His love for our great game was unquestionable, and while his chess abilities never had the chance to fully mature, he nevertheless managed a peak rating of 2000. On behalf of New Hampshire's chess-playing community, the NHCA offers its condolences to Tim's family and friends.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

Time Control: 4SS, G30/d5. Rounds Time: First round at 9:30AM and other rounds upon completion. Byes: 1/2 bye available on round one. Must notify organizer in advance. Prize Info: Trophies for top 3, medals for all kids age 6 and under. Entry Fee: $20 advance entry. Pay at site $25 Registration - Onsite: Registration starts at 8:45 to 9:15AM onsite. Entries received after 9:15AM gets 1/2 point bye and paired after first round. Registration - Online: Available till 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM. Membership Requirement: USCF membership required. Info: or (603) 668-8368.

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March 4, 2017
Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St. (Granite St. exit off I-293), Manchester, NH.

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 6

4SS, G/60 d5. $$G 1,230. Three sections. Open, EF: $37 if rec'd by 3/2, free to GM/IM. $$G: $200-130-100, U2050 $120. Under 1800, EF: $35 if rec'd by 3/2. $$G: $150-100-60, U1600 $95. No Unr. may win over $80. Under 1400, EF: $33 if rec'd by 3/2, except $27 for age U21 or rated U1000. $$G: $100-70-40, U1200 $65. No Unr. may win over $55. All, EF $5 more if paid at site. Online advance entry available at until 6 p.m. on 3/3. NHCA membership required of rated NH residents; dues $8 adult, $6 age U19. Reg.: 8:30-9:35 a.m. Sat. 3/4. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Half-point bye OK for any one rd, must commit before rd 2; no half-point byes for players receiving full-point byes. Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103. Info: or (603) 668-8368.

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March 18, 2017
Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, NH

4-SS, time control varies by section. Four sections. High School (Grades 10-12), Junior High School (Grades 7-8), Elementary School (Grades 4-6), Primary School (Grades K-3). For complete details on eligibility, entry fees, how to enter etc., click on the link below. Click here for more information


Friday-Sunday, March 24-26, 2017
Homewood Suites, 1000 Perimeter Road, Manchester, NH 03103

FIDE Rated

Five (5) round robin event limited to qualifiers from NHCA tournaments from 2016, with any remaining spots going to the highest rated active New Hampshire US Chess Members on the list linked on the website. Qualifiers are: Queen City Tornado, NH High School Individual, NH Quick Chess Championship, NH Open-NH Amateur. Time Control: 40/90, SD/60 + 30 second increment both time controls. $1,000 GTD Prize Fund: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200. Hotel Rate: $149/night; Suites $159/night. Rounds: Drawing of lots on Friday at 3:00pm. Players need not be present. NO BYES or WITHDRAWS Round 1: Friday at 5pm, Rounds 2 & 3: Saturday at 10am & 5pm Rounds 4 &am; 5: Sunday at 10am & 5pm. Contact: Alex Relyea NS W.

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April 1, 2017
Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave. Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Grand Prix Points: 6

8SS, G/25;d3, EF: $20 postmarked by 25 March, $25 at site. Memb. Req'd: $8, Juniors $6. OSA. $$GTD: $200-100. U2000 $100. U1600 $100. Plaque and $100 bonus to top finishing NH resident. Reg: 9:00-9: 45. Rds: 10-11-1-2-3-4-5:30-6:30. Byes available rounds 1-7, limit two. Must be requested before round four. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea NS W.

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June 24, 2017
Courtyard Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, 700 Huse Road, Manchester NH

Grand Prix Points: 6

In 2 Sections Open: 4SS, G/65;d5, $$GTD: $200-100-60. U1950 $60 $100 bonus to top player over age 18. $50 bonus to top mother-daughter team. (Either section.). U1000: 4SS, G/65;d5, Open to 999 & under. $$GTD: $100-70-60-50-40. U500 $60. ALL: Open to Women Only. EF: Entry fee $35 postmarked by 17 June, $40 at site. Reg: 8:45-9:15. Rds: 9:30-12:30-3-5:30. 1 half point bye rounds 1-3. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea JGP. NS W.

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September 9, 2017
Courtyard by Marriott, Hanover/Lebanon, 10 Morgan Dr. Lebanon NH 03766

4 Rd. Scheveningen System, G/65;d5 Onsite Entry Only. All players must be residents of Vermont or New Hampshire or students attending school in either of these states. Teams will be broken into three groups of four and each member will play all members of the other team's group. Extra players will play a four round swiss with minimal prizes. EF: $5, free to players rated 2200 and above. Prizes: Traveling Trophy to winning team. Registration 8:45-9:15. Rds: 9:30AM 12:30PM 3:00PM 5:30PM. No byes or withdraws. All players agree to play all rounds. For more information, New Hampshire players contact Gene Tappen Vermont players contact Brian Lafferty

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