About the US Chess Trust

Carissa Yip, Photo courtesy Eric Rosen

The U.S. Chess Trust is an independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

Created in 1967, the Trust was organized to promote, stimulate and encourage the study and play of the game of chess as a means of intellectual development. The Trust uses its resources for charitable purposes, including social, educational, scientific, historical endeavors. Our Trustees act without compensation and are dedicated to the U.S. Chess Trust’s mission.

Our mission

We promote and support chess in the community through our programs, and by providing resources that help support our mission. In addition, we also actively support charities conducted by the USCF and other chess organizations.

The US Chess Trust believes every person has the right to participate in an environment free of sexual harassment, discrimination, aggressive behavior, intimidation or bullying.

The US Chess Trust is also committed to promoting fair play at every level. The use of computers or any other electronic devices, in any form, unless explicitly permitted in the event rules, does not conform to the principles of competitive and friendly sporting events.

The US Chess Trust will continue to support activities and events that exemplify good behavior and create environments in which all individuals can feel comfortable and perform at their best on the chessboard.

What we do

More and more scientific studies have confirmed that children who are taught chess, in addition to their regular courses, do better in school. Studies report that chess helps develop valuable reading and decision-making skills, and improves students’ ability to concentrate.

These are only a few reasons why the U.S. Chess Trust takes an active role in supporting chess education programs across the nation. And your donations help make that possible!