United States Chess Federation

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US Chess Federation

The United States Chess Federation (US Chess) is the official, non-profit 501 (c)(3) US membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters.

Our mission is to empower people through chess one move at a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess. We invite you to learn more about mission, vision and goals.

The US Chess represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE), linking US members to chess players around the world. Founded in 1939 with the merger of the American Chess Federation and the National Chess Federation to promote the, USCF has grown to over 80,000 members and 2,000+ affiliated chess clubs and organizations today.

To these ends, US Chess offers a monthly magazine, Chess Life, as well as targeted publications to its members and others. It supervises the organization of the U.S. Chess Championship, an open tournament that is held every summer, National Scholastic Championships and other national events. It offers a wide range of services to its members. US Chess serves as the governing body for chess in the United States.  Also, it participates in international chess organizations and projects. It is structured to ensure effective democratic procedures in accordance with its bylaws and the laws of the state of Illinois.

US Chess provides the playing site, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a National Tournament Directors at the US Open location each year and 1/2 entry to the US Open after the National Girls Tournament of Champions is concluded.  The national organization’s website is:  uschess.org