The U.S. Chess Federation regulates and governs the game in the United States. It sanctions
tournaments and officials as well as oversees the ratings system that measures players' skills.
Chess is recognized as an essential tool that promotes inclusiveness and benefits education,
rehabilitation, recreation, and friendly competition.
Players must join the Federation to obtain a membership number which is required when
registering for rated tournaments and other events. Tournament directors submit results to
the Federation which updates a player's rating. The rating is an indicator of a player's skill level. Most tournaments are divided into competitive section ranges based on the rating system.
The general ratings include:
International professional players have two ranks:
The US Chess Rating Classifications include:
US Chess - Goals
* Expand the educational, social, recreational and rehabilitative applications of chess.
* Increase the visibility of chess on mainstream communications channels.
* Develop the depth and breadth of our partnerships.
* Use chess to increase opportunities for under-represented segments of society.
* Continuously improve internal operations and member services.
US Chess - Core Values
* Education. We promote the transformative power of chess for lifelong personal growth.
* Customer Service. We endeavor to be responsive, adaptive and proactive in providing
services to our customers.
* Excellence. We strive to be the best we can be as an organization and in service to the
* Integrity. We honor, preserve and promote fair play.
* Inclusion. We believe everyone has a seat at the chess table.
* Love of the Game. We embrace chess as a historic and iconic game, and we celebrate its
history, growth and evolution in our activities and services.
The U.S. Chess Federation web site offers so much information about being part of the great game.
Or scroll down here on our site for membership information below and click the link at the end to join.
Players above age 24 may join at $45 for one year or $87 for two years at a time.
Players age 65 and above may join at $40 for one year or $77 for two years at a time.
Players age 65 and above may join at $750 one time and not have to renew.
Players age 64 and under may join at $1,500 one time and not have to renew.
Players age below 24 may join at $27 for one year or $51 for two years at a time.
Players below age 19 at expiration may join at $20 for one year or $37 for two years at a time.
Family may join at $85 for one year at a time. Includes parents and children under age 19; may include college students up to age 24.
Family may join at $55 for one year at a time. Includes Includes all children under age 19 living in household at the same address.
Player may join at $18 for one year at a time if blind or incarcerated.
Players who are blind may join at $375 one time and not have to renew.
Member needs to be in the age range during the entire term purchased. For example, you cannot purchase a 2-year young adult membership if you would turn 24 before the end of the second year.
The Scott County Chess Club is an affiliate of the U.S. Chess Federation which allows the club to host rated tournaments and related activities. The leader and coordinator is a registered club tournament director which requires re-certification every three years to retain the privilege of organizing and supervising tournaments and submitting results.