About the US Chess Federation (US Chess) FAQ's
This page has the short answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions we get.
Q: What is US Chess?
Q: How do I contact US Chess?
Q: What are my benefits for joining?
A: Your membership provides a door into the world of chess through affiliated clubs, organizations and US Chess sanctioned events and an opportunity to establish a nationally recognized rating. You may also obtain personal recognition (titles, Top Lists, MAP) and accreditations (TD Certifications, Chess Coach Certification). As a US Chess member, you may have access to current and historical chess information, through electronic issues of Chess Life and Chess Life Kids magazines at our website uschess.org,
Q: How can I get information for a membership and a free copy of Chess Life?
A: Call our office at 800-903-8723 X4 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Central time; email us at [email protected]; write to us at US Chess, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557; or fax us at 931-787-1200. Include your name and address and we will gladly send you a sample magazine and membership details.
Q: Do you have free information which explains how the pieces move and how to write chess moves?
A: Yes. You can find basic information in our “New to Chess?” section on our homepage or the “Forms” area.
Q: Where can I purchase chess books, sets and chess computers and also get advice as to what to purchase?
A: US Chess Federation Sales sells a variety of chess related items. You can contact US Chess Federation Sales for a free catalog and/or check out our US Chess Federation Sales Shop online catalog or speak directly to one of their customer service representatives by calling: 1-800-388-KING (800-388-5464).
Q: Where can I go in my area to play chess?
A: US Chess provides listings of chess clubs for all regions of the United States. Please check “Clubs and Tournaments category on our homepage.
Q: After I become a member of US Chess and play in a US Chess rated event, will I get a chess rating?
A: Yes. The organizer of the event will send the results to US Chess and a rating will be calculated. You can view your rating and history in our Member Services Area (MSA). If you play in US Chess Correspondence Chess events you will receive a Correspondence Chess rating, separate from your OTB rating. Additional information about Correspondence Chess is located behind our “Activities & Interests” category on our homepage.