New Britain Chess Club, founded 1901
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation

Voted Best Chess Club in Connecticut in 2022

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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 after its foundation, 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 (free for members) 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.

Tournaments are open to the public (unless stated otherwise).

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