Chess has a long history in Rhode Island, with the first known chess club in the state being founded in Providence in 1857. Other early chess clubs in Rhode Island include the Pawtucket Chess Club, founded in 1868, and the Woonsocket Chess Club, founded in 1875.
Rhode Island has produced several notable chess champions over the years, including John Curdo, who won the Rhode Island State Chess Championship in the 1970s.
In recent years, Rhode Island has been home to several successful chess programs and clubs, including the Rhode Island Chess Association, which supports local chess players and organizes tournaments and events. Additionally, chess has become increasingly popular in Rhode Island schools, with many programs promoting chess education for children and youth.