The Rochester Chess Club was established prior to 1950 but there is no written record. It is unclear if the RCC helped organize the 1958 US Chess Open which was held at the IBM facility in Rochester, MN: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1021927
RCC meets weekly with the Mayo Clinic Chess Club, which provides space for RCC to share. Members range in age from 6 to 93 years old. Approximately half are scholastic chess players.
In 2014, RCC entered a fiscal agent agreement with the Rochester Area Foundation (RAF) to allow donors to support youth outreach activities. In April, 2018, RCC became a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.
Below is a history of the results of the Rochester Open, one of their signature tournaments drawing people from the Twin Cities, and players from out of state. This was a long running biannual event, but became an annual event starting in 2015.
2014 Summer 2014 Winter
2013 Summer 2013 Winter
2012 Summer 2012 Winter
2011 Summer 2011 Winter
2010 Summer 2010 Winter
2009 Summer 2009 Winter
2008 Summer 2008 Winter
2007 Summer 2007 Winter