The history of chess in Georgia dates back to the early 20th century when the game began to gain popularity among the residents of the state. In the 1920s and 1930s, chess clubs were formed in cities like Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbus. These clubs would regularly organize tournaments and matches, both in the state and around the country.
In the 1940s and 1950s, chess in Georgia saw a steady growth in popularity, and many chess clubs were formed across the state. Some of the early chess clubs include the Atlanta Chess Club, the Savannah Chess Club, the Columbus Chess Club, and the Georgia Tech Chess Club. These clubs were active in organizing tournaments and matches for players of all skill levels.
In recent years, the chess community in Georgia has continued to grow, and many chess clubs, schools, and organizations now promote the game throughout the state. The Georgia Chess Association (GCA) was founded in the 1970s, 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.