In the early 20th century, chess clubs were formed in cities like Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Fayetteville. One of the earliest chess clubs in Arkansas was Little Rock Chess Club, founded in the 1920s. It was one of the most active chess clubs in the state and it organized regular tournaments and matches.
In the 1940s and 50s, chess in Arkansas was led by a group of strong players, who competed in tournaments and matches both in the state and around the country. The chess community in Arkansas continued to grow throughout the years and various chess clubs and organizations were formed to promote the game throughout the state.
In recent years, the chess community in Arkansas has continued to grow, and the Arkansas Chess Association (ACA) was founded to promote the game throughout the state. The ACA works to promote chess in schools and youth programs, and to foster the development of young chess players in the state by organizing events such as tournaments, teaching programs, and chess clinics.