New Britain Chess Club since January 26, 1901

The New Britain Chess Club is the largest and most historic chess organization in Connecticut.
We meet every Tuesday 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 is currently postponing indoor play until further notice. Online club play is resumed.

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Membership Achievements in 2020
Historian Bob Cyr's 2020 Commentary
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Rook Ending training

Rook belongs behind the furthest pawn, White to move
Rook is not active enough, White to move
`Saavedra` position from the Glasgow Weekly Citizen 1895, White to move
Philidor position, a key defense for Black, Black to move and draw
Avoiding Philidor, White to move and win
Lucena Position, or, building a bridge. White to move and win
Trying to reach the Lucena Position. White to move and win
Again, trying to reach the Lucena Position. White to move and win
Checking distance - place rook on the long side, black to move and draws
Checking distance - place rook on the long side, black to move, rook is too close to king
Beware of stalemate tricks, white to move
Beware of stalemate tricks, black to move
Beware of stalemate tricks, white to move
Climbing the ladder, white to move and draw
Black to move and win
Shouldering, black to move and keep a draw
K+R+R vs K
K+R vs K
K+R vs K
K+R vs K
K+pawn vs K+R: rook vs pawn. Draw: king of rook side it too far away
K+pawn vs K+R: rook vs pawn. King cannot defend pawn
K+pawn vs K+R: rook vs pawn. King cannot defend pawn
K+R+pawn vs K+R king far away from pawn
K+R+P vs K+R, black's rook is too passive
K+R+P vs K+R, black's rook is too passive
K+R+P vs K+R, blacks rook is passive but black survives
pawn on 7th rank, rook on 8th
pawn on 7th rank, rook on 8th
pawn on 7th rank, rook on 8th
pawn on 7th rank, rook on 8th, another pawn
pawn on 7th rank, rook on 8th, another pawn
pawn on 7th rank, rook on 8th, another pawn
pawn on 6th rank, rook on 8th, bad D: white wins
pawn on 6th rank, rook on 8th, Vancura position
pawn on 6th rank, rook on 8th, good D: draw!
K+R+pawns vs K+R, a crazy rook makes a draw
K+R+pawn vs K+R: Lucena Position, or, building a bridge. White wins
Saavedra, by Tim Krabbé from his book `Schaakkuriosa`
Extra long castling, by Tim Krabbé from his book `Schaakkuriosa`