Managing Director Al Lawrence

  • Managing Director, US Chess Trust
  • Former Executive Director of U.S. Chess Federation
  • Former Executive Director of U.S. and World Chess Hall of Fame
  • Former Chair of USCF College Chess Committee
  • Director of Championship Texas Tech Chess Program—2012-2015
  • Former Chess Life and current Chess Life Kids columnist and feature writer
  • Former President of Chess Journalists of America
  • Winner of multiple CJA awards, including Journalist of the Year (three times), Best Book, and Best Story
  • Author or co-author of a dozen popular books on chess, including the most recently published:


Chess for the Gifted and Busy

Chess Player’s Bible

Chess for Everyone

Chess and the Art of War

  • Organizer of two Final Four Collegiate Championships and the 2013 PanAms Championships
  • World Book Yearbook contributor on chess for more than 20 years
  • Helped with organization of the World Chess Championships of 1990 and 1995, the first in US in many years
  • First Scholastic Director of the U.S. Chess Federation
  • Former Assistant and Associate Director of U.S. Chess Federation
  • Former Managing Editor of Chess Life Magazine
  • Organizer, National Chess League “Lincoln Logs”—c. 1979
  • Member of Lincoln Chess Association board
  • City Champion, Lincoln, Nebraska—1979
  • Charter board member of reconstituted Missouri Chess Association, co-author of its Bylaws-c. 1970
  • Sponsor of high school chess club


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