Chess has a long history in Oklahoma, although information on the early days of chess in the state is limited. One of the first known chess clubs in Oklahoma was the Oklahoma City Chess Club, which was founded in the early 1900s. Other early chess clubs in Oklahoma include the Tulsa Chess Club, which was founded in the 1930s.
Oklahoma has produced several notable chess champions over the years, including James R. West, who was the Oklahoma State Chess Champion in the 1950s, and John Grefe, who won the Oklahoma Open Chess Championship in 1971. Another notable Oklahoma chess player is Michael Aigner, who won the Oklahoma Open Chess Championship in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
In recent years, Oklahoma has been home to several successful chess programs and clubs, including the Oklahoma City Chess Club, the Tulsa Chess Club, and the Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization, which continue to promote the game and support local chess players.