Photograph: middle school students playing chess

Chess is a Game for Life


Partnering with US Chess is an effective way to reach
at-risk-youth and give them the opportunity to seize their potential!


Chess players are taught to think critically, plan their moves, and execute their strategy. These skills serve players for life. Students who play chess often find greater educational opportunities. Chess can “break the cycle” for disadvantaged youth. Chess players follow many career paths, but STEM fields are particularly popular. Math, engineering, finance, and computer science are well-represented within our community.


Chess also offers important mentoring opportunities for kids that are in need of direction and guidance at a critical time in their lives – when peer pressure is intense and positive influence is greatly needed. It offers a sense of belonging and inclusion to a community focused on resilience and personal growth.


Chess welcomes all genders, races, socioeconomic statuses, and physical abilities.


Making a gift to At-Risk-Youth and Title I schools provides everything young players will need to compete in local and national chess tournaments. This includes covering the costs of US Chess membership fees, chess equipment, tournament registration fees, chess instruction, as well as the costs to travel to national tournaments. But even more importantly, your gift will provide an experience that can change lives!


One year membership to US Chess: $20/player


You will have access to Chess Life and Chess Life Kids magazines – our award-winning periodicals, your gift recipient will benefit from:

  • Participating in the vibrant online community at
  • Earning a rating in the Official National Rating System for over the board tournaments
  • Getting rated in our new Online Quick and Blitz US Chess-rated tournaments

Click here to donate a one-year membership to At-Risk Youth

Equipment for a school chess team: $40/5 chess sets


These are inexpensive but well-made US Chess regulation Staunton chess sets approved for tournament play. Your gift of $40 will provide five sets of boards and chess pieces at $8.00/set. You can donate in multiples of five.

Click here to donate chess team equipment for At-Risk Youth

Tournament registration fees: $70/player


Your gift covers the first step in participating in a US Chess rated tournament. You can donate a single, or multiple registrations, allowing you to multiply your impact.

Click here to donate to thirty tournament registration fees for At-Risk Youth

All-Inclusive Tournament Travel Package: $1,000/player



By donating an all-inclusive tournament travel package, you will cover the costs of Registration, Travel, Hotel Room and Food for a student chess player. You can donate a single, or multiple travel packages. 

Click here to donate to an all-inclusive tournament travel package

Chess Instruction: $5,000/academic year


Chess instruction is the heart of an after-school chess program. Your gift of $5,000 will provide twice-weekly instruction and coaching at a Title I school for an entire academic year. 

Click here to donate coaching costs to At-Risk Youth