New Britain Chess Club since 1901

The New Britain Chess Club is the largest and most historic chess organization in Connecticut.
We meet every week on Tuesdays at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, 1910 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06053. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (6:15 p.m. when there are training classes). Club activities begin at 7 p.m. The first few visits are free, so come check us out! Equipment is provided.

The New Britain Chess Club has now returned to indoor play. As such, we require the use of masks. We also have shields available to place between players during their games for their safety.

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Club Meetings

The New Britain Chess Club is the largest and most historic chess club in Connecticut. We meet every Tuesday from 6:30 pm until 11:30 p.m. for casual and tournament play. Our tournaments typically draw between thirty to forty players, adults and children, ranging in strength from amateur to master level. Between three to seven players usually come for casual play only.

We meet at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection at 1910 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06053.
Club activities usually start at 7:00 p.m.

Tournament Information

Details on tournaments (date, sections, entry fee, prizes, etc.) are published on the calendar on this website.
Click on any event on the calendar for further details.

Please note that the weekly e-mail may contain changes to the published details of an event.
Most tournaments do not require club membership. Non-member entry fee varies by tournament.

Ask to be put on our weekly e-mail list for the latest tournament information at

We send out typically only one e-mail per week and promise to use your e-mail only for club business.


Michael Pascetta (2nd place), Gaetano Bompastore (first place), Norman Burtness (TD), Nicholas Brinkmann (Top U1920)

Apart from Lisa Smith (Under 1620 winner) and Norman Burtness (TD), on the left is Arnav Kamineni. Three out of the other four are the Shemo kids, and second from right is Max Wang.


Left to right: Suhas Kodali, Punyavrat Upadhyay, Yogahari Jegadeeswaran, Rick Schnitzler, Roger Bessette, Norman Burtness, Shriniket Sivakumar, Dave Herscovici, Nelson Castaneda, and Mackenzie Furman.


From left to right: Jithu Sajeevan, Nelson Castaneda, Harold Blanchard, Nakul Ramaswamy, Daniel Zhao, Nathan Zhao, Alexandr Lenderman, Peter Wolfe, Mike Smith, Mario Guevara-Rodriguez, Norman Burtness, Doug Fiske, Mike Boisselle, Ted McHugh, Richard Bauer


Mario Guevara-Rodriguez, Norman Burtness, Mike Pascetta, and Suhas Kodali

Oktoberfest 2018 Dinner at East Side Restaurant - Click to enlarge.

November 2018: Players analyze the 11th round World Chess Championship match.

Aug 2018: Players in deep thought at the 2018 NBCC Summer Open.

Aug 2018: Bob Cyr (middle) plays Carter Clayton on two boards simultaneously using two clocks - one game with white, one with black (Bilbao/Basque system).

June 2018: President Norman Burtness and Planet Earth Chess Champions Nelson Castaneda and Rajesh Shanmugasundaram.
Rajesh won the trophy on tie-breaks.

Feb. 2018: USATE 2018 Board 1 Final Round: Team Very People on Both Sides: IM Jan van del Mortel, NM Derek Meredith, Doug Fiske, and Gert Hilhorst.

Feb. 2018: GM Aleksandr Lenderman Lecture and Simul

Feb. 2018: GM Alexandsr Lenderman Master Class

Jan. 2018: Eight-year old Raghav Arun wins 2018 "What are the Odds Tournament"

Dec. 2017: Blitz in the back room.

11/21/2017: Coach Joe Bihlmeyer in action for the club's training program.

10/17/2017: NBCC's First-Ever Movie Night: Featured Movie: "Queen of Kwate"

8/27/2017: Chefs Mario and Joyce at the Summer Open.

8/27/2017: 2017 NB Summer Open in Wickham Park.

1/3/2017 2017 "What are the Odds" event where beginning players play with 9 minutes versus 1 minute for our senior players.