US Chess Membership Tops 100,000!

100K Members


For the first time in US Chess history, our membership has cracked the 100,000 level. As of February 19, 2023, we have 100,179 members. 

We had begun preparations to celebrate reaching the 100K milestone in early spring 2020 when we reached 97,000 members. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other ideas and our membership crashed to 52,000, a level not seen since 1983, four decades ago:


Membership Chart


The fact that we have rebounded and almost doubled our number so soon since emerging from the pandemic is a testament to our membership, and we are grateful to all of you and your efforts to promote the game of chess as we work to advance our educational mission to "Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess." 

We plan to celebrate this landmark event further, so please be on the lookout for additional news from US Chess in the coming days.


This is a reflection of the outstanding work done by the US Chess professional staff as well as the thousands of US Chess volunteers who give their time and effort to advance chess in the U.S. Thanks to all, and let's keep US Chess on this very promising upward trajectory!

I would like to see the break out of membership by category, with separate graphs for each category. That would be informative.

Leadership/integrity...and the incredible chess editor who rode tremendous times like the lone ranger rode silver. Shock and awe. Period. Jude Acers/New Orleans

The entire fabulous web page is looking like the United is more censorship or more chicken little we can''t isms....using SAVAGELY SUPERVISED INTERNET (SSI)internet absolutely every state will HAVE ONE PLAYER ONLY INTHE US CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP"CHALLNGE: 4 HOUR PLAY IN TOURNEY ..all grandmasters in America ALSO PLAY A 4 HOUR PLAY N INTERNET SEPARATE SECTION ALL IN ONE DAY FLAT UNDER MASSIVE INTERNET SUPERVISION UNDER MR BIRD.....No privileges for anyone..Play or die .Everyone including a player from Indian nation reservations absolutely is included and top 10 women/top 10 juniors forced in there/EVERYBODY PLAYS PERIOD IN 4 HOURS FLAT. US CHESS IS NOW THE WORLD CHESS FEDERATION. Period ,HAVE GUTS ,DARING...BE PROUD AND START ACTING LIKE IT..WE ARETHE BEST AND WE ARE ABOUT TO PROVE IT
.THE ENTIRE NATION PLAYS IN 4 HOURS FLAT Thrilling BLOODBATH Play IN internet savaggely supervised tourney(SSI)!!!!!.............TOURNEY ON A SUNDAY 1PM EST (Russell Miller law) US CHESS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jude Acers/New Orleans

On 10-31-1943 the USCF had 299 individual members, according to the American Chess Bulletin. A number of states had no USCF members at that time. John McCrary, past USCF President 

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