Chess in Utah has a long history, with the first chess clubs being established in the late 19th century. One of the earliest known chess clubs in Utah was the Salt Lake City Chess Club, which was founded in 1887.
In the early 20th century, chess in Utah began to gain popularity, with several other chess clubs being established in cities such as Ogden, Provo, and Park City. The Ogden Chess Club, for example, was founded in 1910, and the Provo Chess Club was established in 1920.
One notable chess player from Utah was John W. Collins, who was born in Salt Lake City in 1892 and later become a renowned chess author and teacher. He also represented Utah in the U.S. Chess Championship and was a multiple Utah state champion.
In the post-war period, Utah continued to produce strong chess players, with notable champions such as International Master John Donaldson, who was born in Salt Lake City in 1955 and later went on to become one of the strongest chess players in the United States.