US Chess Women Logo Unveiled as Women's History Month Begins

On March 1st, 2019 US Chess unveiled its new US Chess Women logo. The logo is inspired by our main US Chess logo, but rendered in bold red and black. US Chess Art Director Frankie Butler says, "Chess is a game for all genders and difference in gender is far less significant than the ability of the players. A strong, bold logo in black and red works for that reason!" This unveiling coincides with a time of great growth for American women in chess. Over 13,000 members at US Chess are now female, representing a 70% increase from our total number of female players a decade ago. Exciting plans abound for the spring, as Chess-In-The-Schools predicts a record turnout for their Girls Chess Event on March 2nd, while players from all over the country plan for the Kasparov Chess Foundation All-Girls Nationals in April, and our top female players head to the 2019 U.S. Women's Championship in Saint Louis (March 18-April 1).  To further the commitment, two-time U.S. Women's Champion Jennifer Shahade is taking on a new role, US Chess's Women's Program Director to promote further growth, outreach and fundraising. Jennifer will also serve as an ambassador for inspiring female players of all ages and continue to drive content featuring women on our website and social media platforms, such as"> the video "Girls in Chess" that debuted last summer and her podcast, Ladies Knight. 

Please join the movement and teach a woman in your life how to play chess or consider making a donation to our Women's Initiative. 


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

You go girls!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

My daughter thought she was helping two guys to learn chess. One challenged her to a game. She gave him a learn as to how you play over-the-board. At the end, he questioned her femininity! She has never played another gamesince.

In reply to by Edward Schweikert (not verified)

Need to convince your daughter that they were "self-eliminators," persons so unworthy of her attention that they reveal it unabashedly. And you need her to play again and again. Take her to tournaments. Tell her to take advantage of the men who assume she does not know how to play because of her gender. Tell her to not settle down with any man who finds her use of her intelligence to be unappealing. My mother used to tell me I should let the boys win so they would like me more. Did she not understand me? Why would I want a boy who needed me to let him win? I couldn't care less if such a boy liked me more. I did not like them much, if they required the object of their affection to play dumb. There are lots of boys out there. Many will discover they are "sapiosexual" and instead of being turned off by smart, competent and capable women are actually attracted to such persons. Smart is sexy. Tell your daughter to respect herself, be proud of her intelligence, enjoy competing against and beating men at chess, and not settle for any man who would want for her anything less.

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

can the uscf recognize the woman who plays the most rated games each year? A top 100 list for activity?

In reply to by Mark R Ashland (not verified)

overall plus for females would be nice for top 100 activity lists and by time category and by age too please

In reply to by Mark R Ashland (not verified)

No kidding Sir Mark! Do not feel like the Lone Ranger. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

What percentage of the 70% increase was adult memberships? Of those new members who were scholastic or youth members, what percentage are now adult members? The 70% increase may not be what it seems.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Okay but since you've chosen to reinforce gender stereotypes with color, now you need to change the color of the USCF logo from blue to purple lest you leave girls and boys with the impression that girls only belong in womens chess and not in the larger organization. And who chose this blood red brown color? Maroon is one of the least appealing in the purple/red hues. Why not Fuscia to complement the turquoise blue?

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Female over 50. Frustrated at the lack of women in the sport.

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