The history of chess in Delaware dates back to the late 19th century when the game began to gain popularity among the residents of the state. In the early 20th century, chess clubs were formed in cities like Wilmington, Newark, and Dover. One of the earliest chess clubs in Delaware was the Wilmington Chess Club, which was founded in the late 1800s and was active until the 1940s.
Throughout the early and mid-20th century, chess in Delaware saw a steady growth in popularity, and many chess clubs were formed across the state. Some of the early chess clubs include the Newark Chess Club, the Delaware Chess Club and the Dover Chess Club. These clubs would regularly organize tournaments and matches, both in the state and around the country.
In recent years, the chess community in Delaware has continued to grow, and many chess clubs, schools, and organizations now promote the game throughout the state. The Delaware Chess Association (DCA) was founded in 1975, to promote chess in schools, 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.