Annual Letter


October 2015

Dear Friends:

The US Chess Trust, a 501c3 charitable trust, is moving forward supporting vital scholastic events. We are donating a $5,000 college scholarship to future winners of the Arnold Denker tournament of HS Champions, and Dewain Barber is donating a matching scholarship through the Trust to the winner of the Barber tournament of K-8 Champions. The Trust is also taking on funding the regular prizes at the National Girls Tournament of Champions, held at the same time as the Denker and Barber events. We were delighted that Dylan Denker, GM Arnold Denker’s grandson and Mitchell Denker’s son, participated in this year’s opening and closing ceremonies!

Your contributions to the US Chess Trust make it possible to bring the benefits of chess to more and more youngsters. Children who are taught chess do better in school and better in life. Chess helps develop valuable reading, decision-making and social skills, and improves students’ ability to concentrate. Other Trust activities, like our Sets for Vets program, support a widely diverse group of all ages. Our Trustees act without compensation, and our charitable activities support a widely diverse group.

Our longtime Managing Director Barbara DeMaro received a well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the 2015 US Open. I welcome our new Managing Director Al Lawrence, who received the Distinguished Service Award. Al is not only a former highly successful Executive Director but also an outstanding chess journalist and a sparkplug of the World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Museum when it was in Miami. To include the Chess Trust in your will, contact The Chess Trust continues to donate chess sets and USCF memberships to schools nationwide. We are proud to support the Scholar Chessplayer award with the aid of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. We support the College Final Four and appreciate our sponsors, Booz Allen Hamilton and Two Sigma. Mike Hoffpauir of Virginia earned our Harold Dondis Award in recognition of his support for college and scholastic chess.

We welcome donations to honor the memory of friends and loved ones. We are a proud member of the Combined Federal Campaign and our number is 10212.

Please join us in supporting chess with your tax deductible donation! You can mail checks to US Chess Trust, PO Box 838, Wallkill NY 12589 or donate at our secure website,

Thank you for your valuable support of our charitable programs!

Yours for Chess,


Harold J. Winston

Chairman, U.S. Chess Trust
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