We help support the following Chess Programs, Tournaments and Events

  • Frank P. Samford
  • Jr. Chess Fellowship
  • The Scholar-Chessplayer Award
  • Chess-for-Youth
  • The Denker Tournament
  • The National Girls Invitational
  • The Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions
  • Final Four of College Chess
  • Armed Forces Championship
  • Chess in Education
  • Pan-Am Youth Festival
  • Sets for Vets
  • Veteran Prison Chess
  • World Junior Championship
  • World Youth Championship
  • ....and more!

Frank P. Samford, Jr. Chess Fellowship

Sam Sevian, Image Courtesy of the Saint Louis Chess Club

The FRANK P. SAMFORD, JR. CHESS FELLOWSHIP, marking its twenty-ninth annual award, has selected Grandmasters Samuel Sevian of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and Kayden Troff of West Jordan, Utah, as its 2015 Fellows. The Samford is the richest and most important chess fellowship in the United States. 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.

National Girls Invitational

Claudia Munoz,  Jessica Regam,  Jennifer Yu

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

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) National Girls Invitational (NGIT) 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 NGIT 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.

Scholar-Chessplayer Award

Simone Liao

The Scholar-Chessplayer Awards program was established in the 1980s, and is administered by the US Chess Federation and the US Chess Trust.

This program is funded by the US Chess Trust and the National Scholastic Chess Foundation.

These annual scholarships awarded by the U.S. Chess Trust, the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, and the USCF, are “intended to recognize and encourage high school junior or senior students who promote a positive image of chess.”
High School students who have shown outstanding merits in academics, sportsmanship and chess were eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Chess-for-Youth Program

Long Fellow Elementary in Lorain, Ohio Chess Club

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.

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.

Dewain Barber Tournament of K–8 Champions

Barbara DeMaro and Dewain Barber

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. In case of ties, co-champions shall be recognized.

The Executive Board of the U.S. Chess Federation has added the Barber Champion to its list of qualifiers for the World Youth Championship.

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