Be a part of history – support US Chess in the 2016 Olympiad

Our strongest team in history will be representing the United States in the next World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2016, and you can help them get there! Your donation will help fund training and expenses for the fiercely competitive event.

In May 2015, Super Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, announced his return to the United States, and made the official switch to playing for US Chess in International competitions. Along with two other World top ten players, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So, this positions the U.S. as the highest rated team in the World.

Dating back to 1924, the Chess Olympiad is the most prestigious chess team event on the calendar. In addition to battling for team and individual medals, it’s also a multicultural event that shows how chess crosses boundaries of nationality, age, gender and background. Because the formula for US Olympic invitation takes activity and age into account, this event is a perfect training ground for our young talents.

In May 2015, The Guardian noted the strength of our team, bolstered by youthful talents, “They can call on the rising talents Sam Shankland, 23, and Ray Robson, 20, as well as the new prodigy Samuel Sevian, 14,” and emphasized that despite the U.S.’s strong ranking, “Some governments value these titles for national prestige and both China and Russia are likely to respond strongly to the U.S. being the No1 seed.”

In 2009, US Chess established the Phillip LeCornu Memorial Olympiad Fund with a generous bequest from the late Mr. LeCornu, a former US Chess Life Member and former Michigan Open Champion. The 2016 campaign continues this spirit of giving for gold.

Support our team today by making a donation to US Chess.

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Please support chess in the United States. Make a tax-deductible donation to the US Chess Federation today. Donate online:


Or send a check to:
US Chess Federation
P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557

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“The Olympiad is one of the most dramatic events in the chess world, as players give their all for their country. Baku 2016 promises to be a historic moment for the US team, which will likely come in as underdog to none.”
— Irina Krush, Grandmaster and seven-time US Women's Champion