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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.

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(b. 2/28/1954, d. 6/12/2016)

June 10, 2017
Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene, NH 03431


4SS, G/62 d5. $$G 2,300. Three sections. Master-Expert (open to 1800/above), EF: $40 if rec'd by 6/8 or $47 at site; free to IM/GM. $$G: 612.16-228.54-159.30, U2300 215, U2100 210. Under 1900, EF: $35 if rec'd by 6/8 or $42 at site. $$G: 200-130, U1700 110-70; no unrated player may win more than $100. Under 1500, EF: $30 if rec'd by 6/8 or $37 at site. $$G: $130-80, U1300 80, U1100 75; no unrated player may win more than $50. All, Reg.: 8:30-9:35 a.m., Rds.: 10-1-4-7. Half-point bye OK for any one round if requested before start of Round 2. No player may receive more than one bye of any type. Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103; or enter online at Info: Parker Montgomery,, 802-349-7739.

A memorial tournament sponsored by the NH Chess Assn., Hal Terrie, Parker Montgomery and the Vermont Chess Assn.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

Time Control: G30 d/5, 4SS Rounds Time: Round 1 9:30 AM -9:45 AM , Other rounds upon completion. Byes: 1/2 Point Bye upon registration. Prize Info: Top 3 Trophies in all sections, Medals for all Unrated kids. Medals for Kids who score 3 points in all other sections, Special Trophy for girls in each section who score highest point. Entry Fee: $20 online , $25 onsite. Registration - Onsite: 9:15 AM to 9:30 AM. Registration - Online: Available till 6/16/2017 12:00:00 AM.. Membership Requirement: USCF membership required to play in rated section. Inquiry:, 802-349-7739. 732-407-6481

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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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June 26-30, 2017
2 Lowell Road, Windham NH

INFO: Prathiba Yuvarajan, 732-407-6481.

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JULY 8-9, 2017

4SS, 40/100, SD/60 d5. Courtyard Nashua Hotel, 2200 Southwood Dr. (Exit 8 off Everett Turnpike), Nashua, NH 03063; 603-880-9100. $$G 5,467. Five sections. Open, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6; free to GM/IM. $$G: 600-400-240, U2300 300, U2150 240-180. NH Champion title and $67 bonus to top-scoring NH resident. Under 2050, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 400-240-180. Under 1850, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 400-240-180-120. Under 1650, EF: $67 if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 400-240-180. Under 1450, EF: $57, U1050/Unr $47, if rec'd by 7/6. $$G 300-180-120, U1250 160-100. All, No unrated player may win more than $90 in Under 1450, $120 in Under 1650, $150 in Under 1850, $200 in Under 2050. EF $7 more if paid at site. NHCA memb. required for rated NH residents: $8 adult, $6 age 18/younger. Reg.: Sat. 8:30-9:35 a.m., Rds.: 10-4:15, 9:30-3:45. Half-point bye OK for any one round except Rd 4 in Open section. No player will receive both half-point bye and full-point bye. NHCA membership meeting 9 a.m. Sunday. HR: $120 (plus 9% tax) if reserved directly with hotel; reserve by 6/23, mention NH Chess or NHCA. Direct online reservation link available at Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. Unit 23, Manchester, NH 03103. To enter online using credit card, start by visiting Info: Hal Terrie, or 603-668-8368 (home).

Special added bonus: Chevalier Memorial Prize - $100 to the top scoring NH resident under age 19, in the Open section. This prize may be won in addition to any other prizes and will not be split except with other qualified NH players who might tie.

Hotel reservations at the chess rate ($120) may be made directly online at this link: Book your group rate for New Hampshire Chess Association Open 2017
Reserve early! The last day to book at the chess rate will be June 23. The room block will be released after that.

Don't miss this very special NH Open! It will be another first-class event like the one in year 2010: $5,467.00 in fully guaranteed prizes at one of new Hampshire's finest hotels, in a spacious ballroom equipped with brilliant fluorescent lighting. Free coffee, tea and other refreshments for the players all weekend long!

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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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