United States Chess Federation (USCF)

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) was actually founded in 1939, not 1946. It is the governing body for chess competition in the United States and represents the U.S. in FIDE, the World Chess Federation. The USCF administers the official national rating system, awards national titles, sanctions over twenty national championships annually, and publishes two magazines: Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids.

Here are some of the things that the USCF does:

  • Organizes and sanctions chess tournaments at all levels, from local clubs to national championships.
  • Administers the national rating system, which is used to rank chess players in the United States.
  • Awards national titles to chess players who achieve a certain level of rating.
  • Publishes two magazines: Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids.
  • Provides educational resources for chess players of all ages.
  • Promotes chess in the United States through outreach programs and events.

The USCF is a non-profit organization that is funded by membership dues, tournament fees, and advertising. It is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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