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The Heart of Connecticut Chess

The New Britain Chess Club, a non-profit, is the largest and longest-running chess club in CT. It was founded in 1901 by John Kirkham, an esteemed chess master and a CT State Chess Champion, together with a group of local chess aficionados.

Today, over 120 years later, the New Britain Chess Club continues to hold a prominent spot in the Connecticut chess scene, regularly running tournaments and providing weekly lectures by top chess players and masters.

Club Activity

The club meets every Tuesday at 6:15 pm at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, 1910 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06053.
Meetings consist of a lecture followed by a tournament and/or casual play.

Prospective members and walk-ins are always welcome! Come check us out, socialize with like-minded chess enthusiasts, enjoy an intellectual workout, and play some high-quality chess.

All tournaments are open to the public.

Information on current and upcoming lectures and tournaments can be found on the homepage calendar and in the tournaments page