The Kansas Chess Association, founded in the 1940s, is the oldest chess organization in the state. It promotes chess throughout Kansas and organizes tournaments and events for players of all skill levels. The Wichita Chess Club, founded in the late 1800s, is one of the oldest chess clubs in Kansas. It holds regular meetings and tournaments for its members. The Kansas City Chess Club, founded in the early 1900s, is another early chess club in Kansas. It also holds regular meetings and tournaments for its members.
Throughout the history, these clubs and many other chess clubs, organizations and schools in Kansas played a significant role in promoting chess in the state and providing opportunities for players to improve their skills and compete. Kansas also hosted many local and regional tournaments, and Kansas chess players have represented the state in national and international competitions. Additionally, Kansas produced many notable players such as GM John Fedorowicz, IM John Donaldson, and IM David Pruess.