Chess has a long history in Maryland, dating back to the 19th century. Some of the early chess clubs in Maryland include the Maryland Chess Association, the Baltimore Chess Club and the Washington Chess Club.
The Maryland Chess Association, The Baltimore Chess Club, are some of the oldest chess clubs in Maryland. It holds regular meetings and tournaments for its members. The Washington Chess Club, founded in the early 1900s, is another early chess club in Maryland. It also holds regular meetings and tournaments for its members.
Throughout the history, these clubs and many other chess clubs, organizations and schools in Maryland played a significant role in promoting chess in the state and providing opportunities for players to improve their skills and compete. Maryland also hosted many local and regional tournaments, and Maryland chess players have represented the state in national and international competitions. Additionally, Maryland produced many notable players such as GM Joel Benjamin, GM Alex Shabalov, and IM Pascal Charbonneau.