Chess has a long history in Minnesota, dating back to the 19th century. Some of the early chess clubs in Minnesota include the Minnesota Chess Association, the Minneapolis Chess Club, and the St. Paul Chess Club.
The Minneapolis Chess Club, founded in 1887, is one of the oldest chess clubs in Minnesota. It holds regular meetings and tournaments for its members. The St. Paul Chess Club, founded in the early 1900s, is another early chess club in Minnesota. It holds regular meetings and tournaments for its members.
Throughout the history, these clubs and many other chess clubs, organizations and schools in Minnesota played a significant role in promoting chess in the state and providing opportunities for players to improve their skills and compete. Minnesota also hosted many local and regional tournaments, and Minnesota chess players have represented the state in national and international competitions. Additionally, Minnesota produced many notable players such as GM Yasser Seirawan, IM John Donaldson, and IM Greg Shahade.