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By Phil Smith   
November 30, 1999

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is the official, not-for-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 USCF represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE), linking US members to chess players around the world. Founded in 1939, USCF has grown to over 80,000 members and 2,000+ affiliated chess clubs and organizations today. 



Under the management of a professional staff headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee, USCF sanctions thousands of tournaments with over half a million officially rated games annually. 25 National Championships award titles to both amateurs and professionals, ranging from elementary school students to senior citizens. Over fifty Grandmasters (one out of every eight GMs in the world) represent the US internationally, and USCF supports the participation of Americans in official FIDE championship events at all levels.