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.