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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 Senior Championship
  5. New Hampshire Amateur Championship
  6. New Hampshire Individual Scholastic Championships
  7. New Hampshire Team Scholastic Championships
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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.

ChessEmpireKids Winter Chess session in Nashua

Our Winter session begins on January 6, 2018. Limited spots available.

Group : Bishops Class (USCF U600)

Dates : Saturdays Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24
Time : 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location : 505 West Hollis Street Unit #103, Nashua, NH 03062
Cost : $250 ( 11 Weeks ) includes 1 year Chesskid account.

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We have intermediate group classes at Portsmouth, NH. Please contact for details.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053

Open to K-12 students who live or go to school (including home school) in NH. Players may “play up.” Players must be members of the NH Chess Association and the U.S. Chess Federation. 1-year junior NHCA memberships cost $6, but a $40 club membership affords a scholastic club’s players NHCA membership for 11 months. USCF regular memberships allow online access to Chess Life or Chess Life For Kids, while premium memberships provide a paper copy of the same magazine. 1-year regular memberships are $17 for those 12 and under, $22 for those 15 and under and $26 for those 24 and under. 1-year premium memberships are $25 for those 12 and under, $30 for those 15 and under and $35 for those 24 and under. Memberships may be sent with advance entry or bought at the tournament. Current members should bring membership cards or receipts with them.

Entry Fee: $ 10.00 if received by 7 p.m. on March 16th. $15.00 if paid at the tournament.

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The Return of Chess to Marlow, New Hampshire…


Sunday, March 18 at 1pm
Odd Fellows Hall
Located in the center of Marlow
LAT 43.115863, LONG-72.199034

12 rounds 5 min + 5 second increment blitz action
Format will depend on # of entries

100% of entries will be returned as prizes
There will be only 2 Pprizes and they will not be split
A tiebreaking match will be used if necessary
1st place: 67% of total entries
Biggest upset: 33% of total entries

Thigher your rating, the better chance you have of winning the top prize. The lower your rating, the more chances you will have to win the upset prize. No arbritrary rating cutoffs.

We will be using the highest current, established rating we can find for you for purposes of pairing and the upset prize. Even an outline rating if you have no OTB rating and you wish to qualify for the prize.
This tournament wuill not be officially rated, so no current USCF or any other membership will be required. All are welcome to play.

“Park Rules”
Clock move, not touch move
Atmosphere will be more casual than a rated event. Have fun, compete and win money!

Entry Fee: $25.00
You can use PayPal by sending to
Or send money to Clay R. Bradley by Facebook Messenger
Or bring cash or check.

If you share this post on Facebook and tag me in your post, your entry fee will be only $20. Refer a player who has never played in an OTB tournament and you get an additional $5 off your entry fee!

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March 24, 2018
Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave. Portsmouth, NH

Grand Prix Points: 6

8SS, G/25;d3, Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave. Portsmouth NH 03801. EF: $22 postmarked by 17 March, $27 at site. Memb. Req'd: $8, Juniors $6. $10 with printed NHCJ. 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. Hotel requests that all outside food be eaten in your sleeping rooms. 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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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Pelham Elementary School, 61 Marsh Road, Pelham, New Hampshire

Open to teams of four students (plus one alternate if desired) grades K-12 who are residents of NH or who are residents of other states attending NH schools. No players over grade 6 in the Elementary; no players over grade 9 in the Junior High.

Entry Fee: $10.00 per player if received by 9 pm on April 7th. $15.00 per player if paid at the tournament.

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April 15, 2018
Marlborough, Massachusetts
$2,500 in Projected Prizes, $2,000 Guaranteed

Where: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, Mass.
What: 4-round Swiss. 6 sections: Open, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 & U1200.
Time Control: G/60 with 5 second delay.
Registration: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Rounds: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Entry Fee: $34 if mailed by 4/10 or online (PayPal) at by 4/13, $45 at site. GMs and IMs free. $10 discount to players in the U1200 section. Official April ratings used. Unofficial ratings used if otherwise unrated.
Unrated: Unrated prize limits: $75 in U1200, $100 in U1400, $125 in U1600, $150 in U1800, $175 in U2000.
Byes: A half point bye is available in any round, limit 1, must commit before round 2. No half point byes for players receiving full point byes.
Prizes: Prizes are 80% guaranteed based on 100 fully paid entries (U1200 entries count 70%).

USCF membership required for all players, plus state membership for Mass residents: MACA $12 adult, $6 under 18; add $8 (optional) for a subscription to Chess Horizons)
Questions: Bob Messenger. Phone (603) 891-2484 or send email to Day of the tournament phone (603) 557-1732.
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