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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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New Chess Club in New Boston!
New Boston Public Library
67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston, New Hampshire
Initial Meeting Date: April 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.
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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.

The New Hampshire Chess Association also wishes to honor the memory of Joan Schlich, a longtime chess player and volunteer. In a labor of love she shared with her husband, Ernest "Ernie" Schlich, Joan was an active chess player, tournament director and chess volunteer. Joan enjoyed working with young people, as a chess teacher, as a member of the NHCA's scholastic committee and as founder of the Southern NH Scholastic Chess League. The NHCA extends its condolences to Joan's friends and family, and particularly to Ernie, a longtime friend and supporter of New Hampshire chess.

Online Payment Now Available for Memberships and Tournament Entries!

The NHCA has implemented an online credit card payment option for membership renewals and tournament entries, through the Square Market. Go to this link:

Just click on the item you wish to purchase and follow the directions for checkout. You will receive an e-mailed receipt in a day or so when the transaction is complete.



August 17-21, 2017
Homewood Suites, 1000 Perimeter Road, Manchester, NH 03103

Nine (9) round –Ten (10) player round robin. No BYES or WITHDRAWS. Time Control: 40/90, SD/30 + 30 second increment both time controls. Prize Fund: $4,000 total $2000-$1000-$600-$400. Prizes will include a four year scholarship to UMBC, if qualified, to first place on tiebreaks. All ties will be considered first place and will receive a plaque. The tiebreak will be a round robin blitz at 11:00 AM on 17 August which will be FIDE rated at a time control of Game 5 with 2 second increment. This will only determine the scholarship. Drawing of lots will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 17thas a part of the opening ceremonies. Entry Fee: By Invitation Only. Homewood Suites (603-668-2200) Rate: $145.00 for Studio Suites, $159.00 for One Bedroom Suites. Complimentary shuttle from Manchester/Boston regional airport and within five miles of hotel. Rounds: Round One –Thursday, August 17 at 4:00 PM, Rounds Two and Three –Friday, August 18 at: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Rounds Four and Five –Saturday, August 19 at: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Rounds Six and Seven –Sunday, August 20 at: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Rounds Eight and Nine –Monday, August 21 at: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Awards ceremony after round 9 is complete. Contact: Alex Relyea, Chief TD: FA Alex Relyea; Assistant TD: Nita Patel

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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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October 21-22, 2017
Courtyard Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, 700 Huse Road, Manchester NH

Grand Prix Points: 10

A state championship event!

4SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 Sec. Increment. DOB MUST be included with entry. Open to players born before 22 Oct 1967. EF: $50 postmarked by 14 Oct. $55 at site. $$GTD: $300-200. 50-54 $100, 55-59 $100, 60-64 $100, 65-69 $100, 70-74 $100, 75+ $100. Ages as of 22 Oct. $100 bonus and plaque to top New Hampshire resident. Reg: 9-9:45. Rds: 10-4, 10-4. One ½ point bye rounds 1-3. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea HR: $119, 603-641-4900, mention Relyea Chess. NS W.

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