Annual Letter

November-December 2017

Dear Friends,

You can help at-risk school children across the USA to enjoy the important benefits of chess. You already know those benefits. Children who are taught chess do better in school and better in life. Chess helps develop valuable reading, research, decision-making and social skills. It improves students’ abilities to organize their thoughts and to concentrate.

Chess has a life-changing impact because it shows youngsters in an exciting way that, through study and determination, they can prevail. Chess can widen worlds, challenge minds and lead to better lives.

Your donation will also help us bring the same benefits to military veterans and older Americans. Research and experience suggests that chess benefits the mental acuity of people of all ages.

Students at River Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas, are among thousands to benefit from the US Chess Trust Chess for Youth program.

Last year, the US Chess Trust Chess for Youth and Sets for Vets initiatives sent a record number of official chess sets and boards to start and expand school and community clubs around the nation. This year we’re scheduled to more than triple that support!

11-year-old Rochelle Wu won the 2017 National Girls Tournament of Champions.

Your donation will also support the prizes at the National Girls Tournament of Champions as well as, with the assistance of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, five $1,500 annual Scholar Chess Player Awards. With the help of Booz Allen Hamilton and Two Sigma, the US Chess Trust also makes possible the Final Four of College Chess, the U.S. Championship playoff.

The US Chess Trust continues to support the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions and the Dewain Barber Tournament of Junior High Champions. These events give young state representatives a well-attended, well-organized platform of their own. In the Denker championship alone, 10 gifted young players have gone on to earn the highest title in chess, grandmaster. Hundreds more have experienced the recognition that comes with excellence.

Another US Chess Trust program, the Samford Fellowship, provides developing USA chess players a monthly stipend and training expenses to give them a chance to reach their full potential, with the goal of another American becoming world champion.

The Trust also selects and supports the induction of our most accomplished players and writers into the US Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis. And the US Chess Trust helped sponsor the 2017 Armed Forces Championship.

2017 Armed Forces Open Champion Air Force Staff Sergeant, retired, Leroy Hill

Those are some of the programs you’ll support with your donation. We hope you agree that our causes provide a high-value return. Members of our board of directors take no compensation. The US Chess Trust was recognized at the 2017 US Chess Federation Award Luncheon with the Gold Koltanowski Award, the highest annual recognition of chess sponsorship. Of course your donation is tax-deductible, and you can earmark it for your favorite programs. We welcome donations to honor the memory of friends and loved ones. You can also give through the Combined Federal Campaign—our ID number is 10212.

Please consider remembering the US Chess Trust in your will. This year we received a generous bequest from the late Walter Buehl of Corning, New York, that will fund in perpetuity elements of the important Chess for Youth program that means so much to school chess programs across the country. If you would like to discuss a codicil to an existing will, please contact Al Lawrence. His information is at the top-right on page one of this letter.


Harold Winston,

Al Lawrence,
Managing Director

U.S. Chess Trust
P.O. Box 838
Wallkill, NY 12589
Phone: (914) 805-1115


Please join us in spreading the benefits of chess by making your tax-deductible donation today!

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