Become a member to receive exclusive benefits and help grow the game

When you become a member of US Chess, you will 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.

Join US Chess today to enjoy the many benefits of membership, including:
  • 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 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

We offer a range of different youth and adult memberships, as well as discounts for family memberships.

Find out more about each of our membership options here »

Renewing your membership

  • Thank you for your continued support of US Chess. Renew your membership today and help US Chess enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.
  • Renew Today

    Coaches, Teachers and Organizers:

    US Chess is committed to supporting young chess players. We offer reduced group membership rates for school chess clubs and scholastic affiliates. To find out about these programs call 1-800-903-8723 ext. 136.



    Lifetime Benefactor Memberships

    Looking to do a little more? Become a Benefactor member and ensure the continued growth of US Chess for future generations. Lifetime Benefactor members are among our most dedicated and proud members. The Benefactor Membership includes a Life membership (12 issues of Chess Life each year), a special membership card, recognition as a Benefactor Member on our web site. A portion of the dues for the Lifetime Benefactor Membership is tax-deductible.

    “[US Chess] provides an opportunity to join the competitive community and a group where everyone has at least one similar interest. Being [a member] encourages me to improve other areas as well.”
    — Darrian Robinson, Chess Expert