Giving Tuesday 2019

Chess is many things to many people, but one thing we can all agree on is that Chess is a Game for Life! Regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic background, disability—everyone has a seat at the chess table! The rewards of chess extend to everyone—from small children to centenarians—and that is what we’re celebrating this December 3 on Giving Tuesday as we ask you to consider making a donation to US Chess this Holiday Season. Here are some 2019 highlights!

  • Alexander Shabalov wins inaugural U.S. Senior Championship, held in conjunction with the U.S. Junior and Junior Girls Championships.
  • Creation of the John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions.
  • Women’s Program awards grants to 11 US Chess affiliates thanks to a donation from the Saint Louis Chess Club.
  • Abhimanyu Mishra of New Jersey becomes the youngest IM in the world at 10 years, nine months and three days.
  • Record-setting turnout at the National High School Championships (K-12) in Schaumburg, Illinois!

US Chess membership is now over 96,000 strong! Participation in our national scholastic events continues to steadily increase and we rate an ever-growing number of games—845,134 last year, encompassing more than 12,000 events! These growing numbers are now being used to reach At-Risk Youth, Women and Girls, Seniors, and other under-represented groups. Your support has allowed us to include these participants as we advance our mission to Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.

Please consider making a financial contribution to US Chess on December 3 for Giving Tuesday! US Chess membership fees only cover our substantial operating costs, and as a nonprofit organization your gift to US Chess is tax-deductible. You can make a gift by clicking on the “Donate” button at

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