Scholastic Chess FAQ's

Q: How popular is scholastic chess?
A: Scholastic chess has grown enormously in the past several years. While exact figures of how many school chess programs exist and how many students are playing, one indication might be the number of students who participate in national scholastic tournaments. Last spring, the SuperNationals (the combination of the three spring national tournaments into one ? held every four years) attracted over 5300 players from Kindergarten through the 12th grade from all over the United States. The largest scholastic tournament ever held!

Q: How can I start a scholastic program at my school?
A: You can help start a chess program in several ways. You may approach the school administration or an interested teacher. You might even agree to serve as a volunteer or a coach. Enlisting school, parent, and community support is important to keep the program going. For more information on starting a scholastic chess program in your area, contact the USCF office at: U.S. Chess, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557 for the information packet. You can also call our office at: 931-787-1234.

Q: Is there research available that shows the value of chess in education?
A: Yes! You can the list of studies available from our website research articles listing afterwhich we can email you the studies on a CD.

Q: Where can I find the rules of chess?
A: For a simple explanation of the game and other articles for beginning players, please visit Beginners area and download the available documents. In addition, the latest edition of The Official Rules of Chess can be purchased from our Online chess store. These rules explain not only how the pieces move and other aspects of the game itself, but they cover the rules which govern USCF-rated tournaments.Online chess store or call them at: 1-800-388-KING.

Q: Where can I find the chess sets, boards, and chess clocks?
A: For a catalog of chess equipment, please visit

Q: What national scholastic events are offered each year?
A: The USCF sponsors five major scholastic tournaments ? 3 in the spring and 2 in the fall. The three spring competitions include the National Elementary (K-6), the National Junior High (K-9), and the National High School (K-12) tournaments. The two fall events include the National Youth Action and the National K-12/Collegiate tournaments. Regulations governing these events can be found at Regulations.

Q: Where can I go in my area to play chess?
A: USCF provides listings of chess clubs for all regions of the United States, free. Please check our Club directory.
Q: After I become a USCF member and play in a USCF rated event, will I get a chess rating?
A: Yes. The organizer of the event will send the results to USCF and a rating will be calculated. You can request a copy of the USCF Rating flier for over-the-board and correspondence chess from USCF. Your chess rating(s) will appear on your mailing label on your magazine after certain rating criteria is met. You can also view your rating and history in the Player/Rating Lookup under Players & Ratings.