Mission and Vision

US Chess Mission

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

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US Chess Mission

US Chess Vision

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

US Chess Goals
  • Increase the use of chess in education
  • Expand the social, recreational, and rehabilitative applications of chess
  • 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.

Measuring Impact: US Chess at a Glance

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US Chess Infographic
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

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