The Tennessee Chess Association is the official governing body for the development and growth of chess within the state.
Organized in 1947, the TCA is a non-profit corporation ((501 (c) (3)). Administered by the Board of Directors, it is an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation and, among other things, serves as a source of support and direction for clubs, scholastic programs, and competition in Tennessee.
The general purposes for which the corporation is organized are:
To broaden and develop chess as art and recreation as a significant element of culture in the state of Tennessee.
To initiate programs, conduct tournaments and matches and to employ methods that will tend to promote the literary and educational benefits to be derived from the game of chess.
To receive donations from the general public to enable the Association to conduct chess matches and tournaments and to award trophies and prizes to successful contestants.