Mission and Vision

US Chess Mission

Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.

US Chess Mission

US Chess Vision

Chess is recognized as an essential tool that promotes inclusiveness and benefits education, rehabilitation, recreation, and friendly competition.

US Chess 2023 Goals
  • Expand the educational, social, recreational and rehabilitative applications of chess.
  • Increase the visibility of chess on mainstream communications channels.
  • Develop the depth and breadth of our partnerships.
  • Use chess to increase opportunities for under-represented segments of society.
  • Continuously improve internal operations and member services.
US Chess Core Values
  • Education. We promote the transformative power of chess for lifelong personal growth.
  • Customer Service. We endeavor to be responsive, adaptive and proactive in providing services to our customers.
  • Excellence. We strive to be the best we can be as an organization and in service to the game.
  • Integrity. We honor, preserve and promote fair play.
  • Inclusion. We believe everyone has a seat at the chess table.
  • Love of the Game. We embrace chess as a historic and iconic game, and we celebrate its history, growth and evolution in our activities and services.

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Facts at a Glance

Total Members as of April 1: 111,000+
Total Affiliates: 1,200+
Rodrigo Leal
"Learning chess throughout my elementary school years formed the base for my future successes. Fast forward twelve (years) after my very first chess game, and I am now a freshman on a full scholarship at Harvard University."
— Rodrigo Leal, National Chess Champion