U.S. Chess Trust

U.S. Chess Trust 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. We promote and support chess in the community through our programs, and by providing resources that help support our mission.

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The 2020 Scholar Chessplayer Awards go to:Praveen Balakrishnan, VA (Grade 12)David Brodsky, NY (Grade 12)Akira Wood Naka...
05/31/2020
Scholar-Chessplayer Award – The U.S. Chess Trust

The 2020 Scholar Chessplayer Awards go to:
Praveen Balakrishnan, VA (Grade 12)
David Brodsky, NY (Grade 12)
Akira Wood Nakada, NY (Grade 11)
Kimberly Liu, CA (Grade 12)
Annie Wang, CA (Grade 12)
Congratulations

US Chess and the US Chess Trust announce the five recipients of the 2020 Scholar-Chessplayer Awards. These awards recognize high school juniors and seniors who excel in academics, chess and leadership.

The deadline to submit your application for the 2020 Scholar Chessplayer Awards is on March 1st.  Spread the word.
02/10/2020
2020 Scholar Chess Player Award Qualification – Deadline March 1st, 2020 – The U.S. Chess Trust

The deadline to submit your application for the 2020 Scholar Chessplayer Awards is on March 1st. Spread the word.

News 2020 Scholar Chess Player Award Qualification – Deadline March 1st, 2020 by Support January 25, 2020 2020 Scholar Chess Player Award Qualification – Deadline March 1st, 2020 Thanks to the generosity of it’s long-time supporters, the U.S. Chess Trust continues to fund many wonderful progr....

Halloween Chess Tournaments! Chess is Fun!
10/09/2019

Halloween Chess Tournaments! Chess is Fun!

GM Irena Krush and a random Photo Bomber.
08/20/2019

GM Irena Krush and a random Photo Bomber.

Great all-female norm tournament at Berkeley Chess School!
08/19/2019

Great all-female norm tournament at Berkeley Chess School!

Mine is non- Alcholic.
08/13/2019

Mine is non- Alcholic.

HOF GM Johnny didn’t like my idea of writing a book about him.
08/10/2019

HOF GM Johnny didn’t like my idea of writing a book about him.

The World Junior Chess Championship for Players with Disabilities wraps up with a successful 3rd Edition! – The U.S. Che...
08/02/2019
The World Junior Chess Championship for Players with Disabilities wraps up with a successful 3rd Edition! – The U.S. Chess Trust

The World Junior Chess Championship for Players with Disabilities wraps up with a successful 3rd Edition! – The U.S. Chess Trust

News The World Junior Chess Championship for Players with Disabilities wraps up with a successful 3rd Edition! by Support July 23, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2019 By Event Press Officer and Photographer: Dora L Martinez | [email protected] FM Ilia Lipilin (RUS) wins the World Junior Champ...

Super Jen analyzing with the kids with disabilities.
07/16/2019

Super Jen analyzing with the kids with disabilities.

The Chess FilesThe answers are out there.By Jim EadeWho is the greatest chess player of all time?It depends. We have to ...
05/30/2019
The Chess Files: Who is the greatest chess player of all time? – The U.S. Chess Trust

The Chess Files

The answers are out there.

By Jim Eade

Who is the greatest chess player of all time?

It depends. We have to define our terms and establish our criteria before we can begin to even discuss the answer to the question.

The question comes up frequently and people get bogged down in arguing passed one another, because they haven’t agreed about what they are arguing about.
The question comes up for me each time I am asked to write a new edition of “Chess for Dummies.” I first worked on it in 1995, and was beginning to think that Kasparov was the best player of all time. I hadn’t even heard of Magnus Carlsen, who now clearly belongs in the discussion. - Read the whole article on our website!

Chess Files, News The Chess Files: Who is the greatest chess player of all time? by Support May 30, 2019 Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen | New York City, 2016 | FIDE World Chess Championship | Photo Copyright Dora L Martinez The Chess Files The answers are out there. By Jim Eade Who is the greate...

Cole Erskine, Jim Eade, Tracy McCloud, Avenidas Center Director, and Bill Lee holding Trust Demo board, and board at the...
05/07/2019

Cole Erskine, Jim Eade, Tracy McCloud, Avenidas Center Director, and Bill Lee holding Trust Demo board, and board at the Senior chess club.

04/28/2019
Susan Polgar and the Trust’s President.
04/28/2019

Susan Polgar and the Trust’s President.

Susan Polgar and Judit Sztaray and a random photo bomber.
04/28/2019

Susan Polgar and Judit Sztaray and a random photo bomber.

Watching outdoor chess in Zurich.
04/27/2019

Watching outdoor chess in Zurich.

Susan Polgar's induction speech into the 2019 US Chess Hall of Fame.  Seated is Harold Winston, the Trust's chairman.
03/24/2019

Susan Polgar's induction speech into the 2019 US Chess Hall of Fame. Seated is Harold Winston, the Trust's chairman.

Arnold Denker
03/09/2019

Arnold Denker

02/12/2019

The Chess Files

The answers are out there.

By, FM Jim Eade

Are draws boring? The answer is that it depends. Draws can be boring, as can wins and losses. Draws can also be very exciting. Highly accurate play may lead to a draw, but still be very entertaining and instructive. There are also those games that end in a draw, but one player seems to be winning throughout, and without making any obvious error, encounters determined defense that ends up in an unwinnable outcome. Some of those types of games are edge-of-your-seat exciting.

The question comes up after reviewing some of the commentary following the most recent World Champion Match between Carlsen and Caruana. The standard time control match ended in all 12 games being drawn. Both players had winning chances, but both players defended extremely well, and neither could notch a win. Carlsen retained his title after dominating the rapid play tie-breaker.

Then came the Internet chants of, Boring! I did not find it boring at all, but I do agree that it was unsatisfactory to ultimately decide the match with rapid chess. I do agree with those that think it would’ve been better to have a 16 games match with the Champion retaining the title in case of an indecisive result. Longer matches become increasingly expensive to organize. Commentators, who have never organized GM tournaments, often overlook this last consideration.

Since I thought so much Internet commentary was shallow, and uniformed, I thought it might just be me. So, I contacted three titled players I know and respect, and who’s opinion I value. IM Elliot Winslow thought the match was characterized by accurate play. That it contained interesting moves and ideas. He thought the quality of play was extremely high, and the object was to win the match not to entertain spectators. GM Nick de Firmian thought the classical time control games were conservative, but that the rapid games were exciting. He said that, if Magnus had won game one, the match might have gone differently. He thought that perhaps the match needed to be 16 games rather than 12. He thought some games were great and that the second half got more intense. He also considered the two players clearly established that they were the best in the world.

GM John Fedorowicz thought that the object of the match was to win it. That’s it. He thought it was a normal match between two high level GMs. The fact that it ended with 12 draws would probably produce ridiculous idea about how to reorganize it. He didn’t think extending it to 16 games would make any real difference. He repeated that the games were normal games with both players trying to win the match.

They all agreed that the match was conducted at a very high level. They all agreed that Magnus was essentially playing with draw odds, because he was so heavily favored in rapid play. They all also agreed that the challenger has to beat the champion, or the champion retains the title. I was feeling much better after talking to them. Both of those players are elite, and both demonstrated tremendous determination when they were in any kind of trouble. Hats off to both the challenger and the champion!

Wesley So--Olympiad Gold Medalist, Grand Chess Tour Champion, and US Chess Trust Samford Fellow!
12/27/2016
Wesley So

Wesley So--Olympiad Gold Medalist, Grand Chess Tour Champion, and US Chess Trust Samford Fellow!

Held at Olympia, London, 9 -18 December 2016 For more information contact me at [email protected] or 07768 867750

The Americans love Wesley So
12/17/2016
The Americans love Wesley So

The Americans love Wesley So

Wesley So might be the newest member of the U.S. Chess team, and many may consider him to be a “transfer”, but he is slowly growing in popularity. After helping the U.S. team win a gold medal in Baku and doing it with such grace and style, it is no wonder the U.S. is falling for the American-Filipin...

U.S. Chess Trust's cover photo
09/15/2016

U.S. Chess Trust's cover photo

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