November 27 is Giving Tuesday, and this year we’d like you to consider making a financial contribution to US Chess. We are working hard to grow the game by opening up opportunities for people from all walks of life. We’ve made significant progress this year on several fronts:
- Fabiano Caruana is playing Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship title—the first time an American has played for the unified world title since Bobby Fischer’s historic achievement in 1972.
- The U.S. team won the GOLD medal at the World Team Championship (50+) in Dresden, Germany.
- The U.S. team won the SILVER medal at the Olympiad in the Open section in Batumi, Georgia.
- Rianne Ke became the first girl to win (in a tie for 1st) the National Elementary K-6 Championship in Nashville, Tennessee.
- The National Senior Tournament of Champions debuted in Middleton, Wisconsin.
- Three U.S. players earned medals at the World Cadet Championships in Spain, including Under 8 gold medalist Raj Chennareddy
US Chess experienced growth across the organization in 2018. Participation in our national scholastic events has steadily risen 13 percent since 2014 and we have rated an ever-growing number of games—822,236 last year, encompassing more than 11,500 events. These powerful growth indicators can now be built upon by reaching out to at-risk youth, females of all ages, and older adults. Your gift will allow us to more effectively include these as we advance our mission of empowering people through chess, one move at a time.
With groundbreaking programs and events and with committed members leading the way, dreams come true at US Chess! It is only through the generosity of members like YOU that we can grow the game by providing opportunities through our programs and services such as funding initiatives to improve diversity in chess, sending top players to compete in international events, and growing and retaining women chess players in the game. These opportunities are life changing for our members. Witness Rachael Li and Alice Lee—two eight-year-old girls who just broke the record for youngest girls to become US Chess Experts—and nine-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra, who broke the record for youngest US Chess Master!
Please consider making dreams come true with a gift to US Chess this Giving Tuesday!
Carol Meyer, Executive Director