THNOC Chess Club blends the game of chess with creative activities and historical research. Members learn about the rich history of chess in New Orleans from the 19th century to the present day. For questions about the club, contact THNOC Education Specialist Kendric Perkins.

Chess Fest 2023

THNOC’s Education Department invites chess lovers of all ages to Chess Fest at The Historic New Orleans Collection! Guests will be able to craft DIY chessboards, play chess puzzle games, play “human chess” on a giant chessboard, and join a friendly fast-chess tournament. 

Saturday November 4, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
520 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Who can join?

Anyone with basic knowledge of the rules of chess and chess notation can join the club. This is a club for all ages!

Who leads the club?

THNOC Chess Club is youth-led. Members in the 6th–12th grades will be given the opportunity to plan THNOC’s annual Community Chess Day, where we host a community chess tournament and showcase club members’ chess-related creative projects.

When and where does the club meet?

For the 2023 Chess Club, youth members interested in leading the club will meet on site at The Collection bi-monthly.

  • Saturday, May 13 1 p.m.–3 p.m. at the Cruise Room at 410 Chartres Street
  • Sunday, July 9 1 p.m.–3 p.m in our Education Classroom at 606 Toulouse Street
  • Sunday September 10 1 p.m.–3 p.m. in our Education Classroom at 606 Toulouse Street

Chess Club is free to attend and is for all ages! RSVP to attend upcoming meetings below.


Chess Fest

The Chess Fest is an event organized by THNOC Chess Club. Click here for more information.

Check out past projects by club members!