US Chess Suspending International Event Participation

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated Level 4 Travel Advisory issued by the U.S. State Department, the US Chess Executive Board voted 7-0 to suspend all US Chess-supported delegations to international events. The motion read:

Due to U.S. State Department Level 4 travel warnings, US Chess will not authorize delegations for any international events until further notice.  US Chess will not provide financial support to any participants for international competition until further notice. The Executive Board will review this policy as new information becomes available.

This suspension affects the Pan American Youth (Brazil), the World Youth (Romania), the World Cadet (Georgia), and likely other events.  It does not preclude players from attending if an event is held but US Chess will not sponsor the delegation.


  1. I think it goes without saying, most of us knew this would be the case and we can all agree it’s the right thing to do for everyone’s safety. However, it is still disappointing news for the players who have worked so hard to be invited. My question is… is there a way to still be able to let the official invitees be able to purchase on their own the USA team jackets, shirts, etc.? I’m sure there will be many people that would like to do this if given the opportunity!

    • We are looking into the possibility of opening the store at our vendor to do direct purchase of team uniforms. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

      • Thank you so very much for your quick response! Some of us parents are still figuring out how to break the devastating news to our kids. Playing chess and representing the USA in a world event was a dream come true for a lot of these kids and unfortunately, it is a dream that will not be coming true. I feel like having something like the team USA jacket signifying their great accomplishment is the very least we can do for these kids.

      • Hello, I was wondering if there are any updates on the possibility of buying team USA shirts and jackets for the invitees. Please let me know. Thank you.

  2. Hello, I agree to Nicole Brown, our kids are looking forward to this event and they work hard to be part of it. I hope at least they can have their own USA Team jackets.

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