Connecticut State Chess Association
a 501(c)(7) organization



Many new pages on Connecticut chess in the 1970s are added to the HISTORY section.

Our sources are issues of Connecticut Chess Newsletter.

Grandmaster Hans Niemann, the best chess player in the state, has won the 2021 World Open in Philadelphia. He scored 7,5 out of 9 games, which included a win over #31 in the world Jeffery Xiong (2709). 17-year-old Niemann tied for first with 19-year-old fellow American Grandmaster John Burke and each won $11,827.50 for their effort.

U.S. Chess Series on Evolution of Chess Rules: Former U.S. Chess President John McCrary provides this series on the evolution of modern game rules, including en passant, draws, first move, castling and promotion.


New pages on Connecticut chess between 1932 and 1954 are now available in the HISTORY section, including an excerpt on the 1935 State Championship from the Daily Hartford Courant, June 9, 1935.


Chess outdoors: New Britain Chess Club players, including CSCA Secretary NM Suhas Kodali (shown lecturing above), led an outdoor instruction and simultaneous play event at the Weston Public Library. The event was organized by DIG USA and also featured Connecticut's own NM Derek Meredith and FM Richard Bauer.

Notice of Special Meeting of CSCA Board of Directors
A Special Meeting of the CSCA Board is scheduled for June 5, 2021 at 3 P.M. over Zoom. As part of the meeting, amendments to CSCA Bylaws will be proposed. Current CSCA members may attend to observe, only. Members interested in attending must request the meeting link via email to by 2 P.M. on June 5, 2021.

Connecticut Grandmaster Robert Hungaski qualified to the 2021 FIDE World Cup after winning his group stage at the American World Cup Qualification Stage. The World Cup will take place with 208 players from July 11 through August 6 in Sochi, Russia. The Cup winner qualifies for the 2022 Candidates Tournament, an eight player tournament which will determine the challenger for the 2023 World Chess Championship.

At the 2021 National Tournaments of Champions scheduled to take place July 31-August 3 at the Crown Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill the state of Connecticut will be represented by the following players: GM Sergey Kudrin in the Irwin (Senior), NM Nathaniel Moor in the Denker (High School), Max Ingargiola in the Barber (Junior High), Jasmine Su in the Rockefeller (Elementary School) and Beatrice Low in the Haring (Girls).

10-year-old Tani Adewumi of New York won the CCFC Club Championship with a perfect 4-0, crossing the 2200 rating barrier and become the youngest National Master in the country. More about Tani successes on the CCFC website and US Chess website.

The first open in person chess tournament of 2021 was won by 16-year-old Nathaniel Moor. With this result Nathaniel also crossed the 2200 rating barrier earning the Master title. Tied for second place were GM Sergey Kudrin and FM Yoon-Young Kim. The U1800 section was won by Mitchell Krasnerman while Kushagra Bhargava took first place in the K-12 section. This event at the Omni Hotel in New Haven and was organized by Matthew Shirvell attended by 30 players from Connecticut and New York.
Rating reports of the Open, U1800 and K-12 sections.

1st Annual American Robin Open in New Haven

The CSCA has received news that Grandmaster Gildardo Garcia has passed away in Medellin, Colombia, due to complications arising from Covid-19. Mr. Garcia founded the Alpha Chess Academy in Fairfield in 2002 and was very active in the Connecticut chess community throughout the 2000s. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Eulogy by CSCA and NBCC Historian Bob Cyr.

GM Gildardo Garcia (1954-2021)

The 2020 CSCA Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday January 24 from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. on Zoom. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone who would like to attend should send an email to to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.
Only adult CSCA members will be allowed to vote for two Director seats up for election. Note that voting rights of each Member do not take effect until ten days after acquiring membership. This rule does not apply to parents of scholastic members who have acquired membership through tournament play outside of this period and renewals of current memberships.
In order to be nominated for the Board of for Office, a nominee must indicate his or her willingness to serve in writing or in person.
Current list of CSCA members -- Join the CSCA/Renew your membership -- Online Meeting Format 2020 CSCA Annual Meeting -- Current CSCA Officers & Board
Agenda 2020 CSCA Annual Meeting.