Become a Member

When you become a member of US Chess, you join a supportive community of chess players and fans of all ages and abilities. You’ll have opportunities to participate in official US Chess rated-events and tournaments, hone your skills, and engage with other players who love the game.

  • Earning a rating in the Official National Rating System for over the board tournaments
  • Receiving monthly copies of Chess Life magazine or bi-monthly Chess Life For Kids magazine (online and print options available)
  • Getting rated in our new Online Quick and Blitz US Chess-rated tournaments
  • Voting in US Chess Elections and having your say in the future of chess in America
  • Participating in the vibrant online community at


Looking for more options?

Learn about our Family Plans or demonstrate your commitment through a Lifetime or Benefactor Membership.


Note about membership processing

US Chess memberships are not on the same server that processes rating calculations. This means that it may take up to 12-24 hours for your membership status to show as active on the rating server. Once our database project is completed, memberships and ratings will be handled on the same server, eliminating this waiting period.

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Individual Memberships


Membership Type



The right to earn a chess rating in the official national rating system

12 issues per year of Chess Life 6 issues per year of Chess Life Kids Online access to Chess Life and Chess Life Kids One Year Two Years

Premium Adult
Full membership.

$49 $95 Join/Renew

Regular Adult

$40 $75 Join/Renew

Age 65 and over

$40 $75 Join/Renew

Premium Young Adult
Age 24 and under

$35 $65 Join/Renew

Regular Young Adult
Age 24 and under

$26 $48 Join/Renew

Premium Youth
Age 15 and under

$30 $55 Join/Renew

Regular Youth
Age 15 and under

$22 $40 Join/Renew

Premium Scholastic
Age 12 and under

$25 $45 Join/Renew

Regular Scholastic
Age 12 and under

$17 $30 Join/Renew

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