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Q: Can You tell me about Chess Life (CL) magazine?

A: Chess Life is the magazine of record for the US Chess Federation (US Chess). We focus on American chess players and tournaments. A combination of tournament reports, instruction, human interest, and US Chess governance matters are published.

Q: How often is the Chess Life magazine published?
Chess Life is a monthly magazine.

Q: How often is Chess Life Kids (CLK) published?
Chess Life Kids is a bi-monthly publication for ages 12 and under.

Q: Can I get a free sample copy of Chess Life magazine?
Call our 1-800-903-8723 number or E-mail your request to [email protected] or write to US Chess, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. FAX your request to: 1-931-787-1200. After you join US Chess you can expect to receive your first issue of Chess Life issue in 6-8 weeks. You should receive subsequent issues monthly.

Q: Where can I buy copies of the magazine?
Although you can sometimes find Chess Life on newsstands at major bookstores, the most reliable method for receiving the magazine is to purchase a US Chess membership and have Chess Life mailed to you monthly.

Q: How do I subscribe to the magazine?
We offer a link on our homepage for "Join/Renew" which connects you to our Online Membership area to join US Chess, renew your membership and/or enter some of our national & correspondence chess events.

Q: I sent in my membership payment some time back but haven't received a magazine yet. When can I expect my first issue?
In 6-8 weeks you will receive the most current issue of Chess Life.

Q. How do I get information about Chess Life advertising?
  To place a TLA display ad and/or a Tournament Life Announcement (TLA), contact Joan DuBois at 931-787-1234, ext. 123 or email her at [email protected]. If you want information about placing a “non-tournament” ad in CL or CLK, email CL Editor Melinda Matthews at [email protected]. You can find the advertising rates in our “Advertising” category located at uschess.org.

Q: I have an article or photograph that I would like to see published in Chess Life. Who do I contact?
Please email CL/CLK Editor Melinda Matthews for information at: [email protected].

Q: What is US Chess?



US Chess Mission US Chess is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people through chess one move at a time.

US Chess Vision Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

US Chess Core Values

·         -Education Chess is an educational tool aiding in the learning of planning, cause and effect relationships, pattern recognition, and research, all key skills for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

·         -Customer Service We strive to be responsive, adaptive and pro-active in providing services to our customers, including all necessary follow through to resolve issues.

·         -Excellence We recognize the value of excellence both in chess as an activity and the services we provide to our customers.

·         -Communication We will continually inform and be responsive to our members and customers.

·         -Integrity We respect and maintain good relationships with our customers and stakeholders as well as the game of chess itself.

·         -Accessibility Chess can and should be enjoyed by individuals regardless of social or economic status or physical or developmental capability.

·         -Love of the Game Chess is a historic and iconic game, and we celebrate its history, growth and evolution in our activities and services.

-Outreach We work to extend the knowledge and appreciation of chess.

 US Chess Goals

 -Expand the knowledge, enjoyment and playing of chess to under-represented segments of society (geography, gender, economic status).

 -Educate children, parents, teachers and school administrators on the benefits of chess as a part of a school curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity.

 -‘Grow the game’ by expanding the membership base and increasing the retention of existing members.

-Improve the overall strength and security of the USCF as an organization, including improving finances, internal systems and operations and governance.