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New York Chess Academy is affiliated with the United States Chess Federation (Affiliate ID: A6051951)

When you become a member of US Chess, you join a supportive community of chess players and fans of all ages and abilities. You’ll have opportunities to participate in official US Chess rated-events and tournaments, hone your skills, and engage with other players who love the game.

  • Play official US Chess rated games, online or in person, for national and local events.

  • Recognition for your performance across age, gender, and game categories in our Top 100 lists.

  • Opportunities to improve as a player, chess organizer, coach, or tournament director through webinars and official certifications.

  • Voting Rights in US Chess Elections; participate in governance and have your say in the future of chess in America.

  • Digital access to Chess Life and Chess Life Kids, our award-winning magazines.

Please note that all memberships are non-refundable and non-transferrable

Your USCF membership is not limited to NYCA. You can use is to any other USCF-rated events across the United States.

Here are some useful links:


* UPDATE: USCF physical membership cards were discontinued. All membership features are available on a player’s public MSA profile page.

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