The earliest known reference of chess in Alaska is in the mid 20th century, when the game started to gain popularity among the residents of the state. In recent years, the chess community in Alaska has grown and various chess clubs have been established throughout the state. The Alaska Chess Association (ACA) was founded in the 1980s, it is a non-profit organization that promotes chess in the state by organizing events such as tournaments, teaching programs and chess clinics. These events are aimed at promoting the game of chess to all ages and skill levels, and encouraging the growth of the chess community in Alaska. The ACA also works to promote chess in schools and youth programs, and to foster the development of young chess players in the state. Despite the harsh climate and remote location, chess continues to be played and enjoyed by people of all ages in Alaska.