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  • Our Programs

    The Samford is the richest and most important chess fellowship in the United States. It is administered by the U.S. Chess Trust. Find out how we are making a difference in the community.

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  • How Are We Helping Schools in Communities?

    The Chess-for-Youth Program helps schools set up chess programs.

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Chess-for-Youth Programs: Schools need chess equipment to start a chess program. We have met our goal! Thank you for your support.

Target Goal for Fiscal 2017 - 400 Official Sets and Boards to Schools/Chess Clubs

Chess-for-Youth Programs in Schools/Chess Clubs - 400

Needed to Reach Goal - 0

Help Us Make a Difference

In the Last 12 Months, 51 Chess Clubs from 26 States Have Received Free Chess Sets from the United States Chess Trust.

Help us make a difference. No donation is too small.

How Are We Helping the Chess Community?

The Denker Tournament of High School Champions

The US Chess Trust has supported this event since its inception. Tax-deductable donations are accepted and earmarked for the event.

GM Arnold Denker (February 20, 1914 – January 2, 2005) was an American chess player, Grandmaster, and a chess writer, but he will forever be remembered for his passion for promoting chess for students. He was an important chess organiser, serving on the Board of the American Chess Foundation, the United States Chess Federation, and the U.S. Chess Trust, the driving force behind the prestigious Denker Tournament of High School Champions.

“The Denker”, as it’s become known, is an annual event held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, in which the 51 champions of each state affiliate and the District of Columbia compete to determine who will be crowned the Denker Champion and receive a prestigious prize package.

Find out more at:  www.DenkerChess.com

The Dewain Barber Tournament of K–8 Champions

The U.S. Chess Trust has supported this event since its inception. Tax-deductible donations are accepted, earmarked for the event.

The Dewain Barber Tournament of K–8 Champions invites the winners of the US Chess Federation state affiliate championships to compete for the title of Barber K–8 Champion of Champions.

Find out more at: www.BarberChess.com

The Executive Board of the U.S. Chess Federation has added the Barber Champion to its list of qualifiers for the World Youth Championship. The qualifying student in case of a tie will be the highest finishing player on tie-breaks who meets the eligibility requirements of the World Youth event for the U.S. Chess Federation delegation.

The National Girls Tournament of Champions

The US Chess Federation (USCF) National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) is a tournament of Champions for girls from across the United States. It is held annually in the model of the Denker and Barber Tournaments. The NGTOC is held in conjunction with the US Open. Each state affiliate is invited to send one representative, a female player in grades K-12 who has demonstrated her ability in a manner satisfactory to the state affiliate.

Find out more at http://nationalgirlschess.com

The Samford is the richest and most important chess fellowship in the United States and it is administered by the U.S. Chess Trust.

It identifies and assists the best young American chess masters by providing top-level coaching, strong competition and access to study materials. The Fellowship also supplies a monthly stipend for living expenses so that the winners may devote themselves to chess without having financial worries.

The total value of the Fellowship has been increased several times over the years and is now $42,000 annually which will be split between the two winners. The prize is awarded for one year and can be renewed for a second year. The winners’ term begins July 1st, 2015.


The U.S. Chess Trusts Chess-For-Youth program operates under a very simple premise chess makes kids smarter and should be an opportunity available to all students across the country.

We can help you establish or continue your chess program!

The Chess Trust provides free U.S. Chess Federation memberships and chess playing equipment to support chess education programs across the nation. Programs are carried out in the field by dedicated volunteers and teachers who give their time and expertise and run chess programs in schools, community groups, and organizations.


This program is funded by the US Chess Trust (info@uschesstrust.org), and the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (nscfoffice@nscfchess.org). Administration of the program is handled by the United States Chess Federation.

This program seeks to promote and recognize high school students, who present a positive image for chess.


Please visit our Programs section to find out more about the programs and awards we support.


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