Sat. Oct 1st, 2022


We’re excited to announce our new sequence of articles: Chess.com’s Membership of the Month, Like in our Coach of the Month sequence, we’ll spotlight essentially the most distinguished golf equipment on Chess.com. This sequence will give our readers an opportunity to get to know a number of the unimaginable communities on our website and study extra about what they do and who they’re.

February’s Membership of the Month is the USChess membership and their USChess-only members membership. They’re the official membership of the US Chess Federation and their members-only golf equipment additionally run the official US Chess-rated program!


What’s your title and what’s your function in your chess membership?

US Chess: @ dare-dareTremendous Admin.

US Chess – Members Solely: Martin Stahl, Tremendous Admin.

Dare-Dare and Martin Stahl. Picture: Courtesy of Dare-Dare and Martin Stahl.

How would you describe your chess membership?

US Chess: We’re a gaggle of chess gamers who get pleasure from competing as a part of a workforce! There is a motive workforce tournaments just like the US Newbie Group East are persistently among the many hottest occasions on the chess calendar, and we intention to copy this in a web-based setting by means of nation versus nation matches.

US Chess – Members Solely: The membership is a US Chess affiliate and hosts 5 weekly reside tournaments with two courses every; One open and one under-1450. Occasions are formally rated beneath the US Chess On-line ranking pool and shall be proven on members’ US Chess profiles. Every week there are 3 US Chess On-line Blitz occasions (10+0, 5+0, and three+2) and 1 on-line accelerated (quick). As well as, each Saturday there’s a rotation of occasion sorts with two on-line blitz (10+0), one on-line accelerated (15+10), one on-line common (30+0) monthly, and the opposite 15+10. Occasion on months with 5 Saturdays.

Are you able to share some historical past of your membership?

US Chess: We have been initially established in January 2020 to function a spot for American chess gamers to attach, play and talk about chess. Then, in June 2020, US Chess merged with Group USA Stay, which on the time was the official consultant of america in worldwide reside chess competitions. Since then, USChess has participated in leagues such because the Stay Chess World League, the Pan American Stay Chess League, and the Chess.com Nations League.

Club of the Month USChess
USChess is the place to “join, play and talk about chess”.

US Chess – Members Solely: The membership was based in early 2015, initially by IM Danny Rensch and three volunteer directors. The primary incidents started in late March and the variety of incidents elevated through the years. Within the final seven years, we’ve got organized over 2,100 courses. In November–December 2020, Chess.com hosted quite a lot of award occasions and qualifier tournaments on the membership to supply the membership an opportunity to play in a round-robin to qualify for a spot on the 2021 US Chess Championship.

What impressed you to take a management function in your chess membership?

US Chess: There have been no plans – I kind of fell into the world of reside chess leagues accidentally! In 2018, I used to be an administrator for Group USA Northwest when Group USA got here searching for somebody to begin their reside chess workforce. One way or the other, my title popped up, and I used to be fortunate sufficient to affix Group USA’s wonderful admin workforce. By 2019, the Stay Chess workforce had grown a lot that we determined to create Group USA Stay in order that Group USA may give attention to each day chess competitions. A couple of 12 months after that, Group USA Stay merged with USChess to get to the place we’re immediately.

US Chess – Members Solely: I used to be excited about serving to the location manage on-line rated occasions beneath the US Chess On-line Ranking System.

Does your membership meet in particular person? If that’s the case, the place and when can potential members discover you? If not, when do your on-line occasions often happen?

US Chess: We play aggressive reside chess matches in opposition to different nations on-line on Chess.com virtually each weekend! These matches typically have 50+ gamers on either side. In truth, the largest reside chess match I’ve ever seen was a 724-player match between Group Russia and Group Ukraine for the 2020 Stay Chess World League Championship. Potential members simply want to affix our membership after which hold monitor of weekly information posts that announce when our matches are due.Club of the Month US Chess

The USches membership hosts huge matches in opposition to different golf equipment.

US Chess – Members Solely: Membership US Chess is an online-only membership for members of the official US Chess On-line rated occasions.

What function do you suppose bodily chess golf equipment ought to play as gamers proceed to undertake on-line play?

US Chess: That is an fascinating query. I directed an OTB match final weekend, and from the 120-player ballot we acquired, I feel it is protected to say that OTB chess and bodily chess golf equipment will all the time be an necessary a part of the chess world. That being stated, occasions like Title Tuesday, Collegiate Chess League, or Stay Chess World League are solely attainable on-line. For me, a cheerful steadiness between OTB Chess and On-line Chess is greatest.

US Chess – Members Solely: I feel for informal video games there’ll all the time be a spot for gamers to satisfy different gamers. As well as, OTB golf equipment typically manage formally rated OTB occasions and provides native gamers a option to get the expertise of taking part in face-to-face and with a bodily set.

What units your chess membership aside from different golf equipment?

US Chess: Group Competitions! Taking part in chess as a part of a workforce is a totally totally different expertise than taking part in as a person. I extremely suggest my membership to anybody who has by no means performed chess as a part of a workforce earlier than and needs to provide it a strive.

US Chess – Members Solely: Other than requiring a US Chess subscription, the packages are fully free to play and obtain official US Chess On-line scores.

Which Chess.com instruments do your members use essentially the most? What options would you prefer to see from Chess.com sooner or later?

US Chess: As one may count on, we frequently use the Stay Chess Group Match characteristic. We’re very glad as issues are – there are not any apparent enhancements or new options that I’ve beneficial by my membership members.

US Chess – Members Solely: From a membership perspective, on-line reside occasions are mostly used, though some use membership social options (notes and boards) to reply questions on OTB chess, or US chess official guidelines.

Club of the Month USChess
USChess’s Prime Stay Gamers (as of March 2022).

What recommendation would you give to golf equipment on Chess.com which can be simply beginning out and trying to develop?

US Chess: Give attention to creating optimistic interactions with folks. Once you see members on-line, say hiya, be as useful as attainable to new members, and attempt to foster a welcoming membership surroundings. Slightly goes a great distance.

US Chess – Members Solely: Be constant in occasions.

How can Chess.com members be part of your membership?

US Chess: Simply be part of the membership and hold monitor of weekly information posts asserting when our matches shall be held!

US Chess – Members Solely: If they’re already a present US Chess Federation member, fill out the authentication kind, add their Chess.com username to their US Chess profile, and request entry to the membership. gamers can view this tutorial on learn how to hyperlink their Chess.com account to their US Chess ID.

If they aren’t a member of the US Chess Federation, contemplate becoming a member of by following this hyperlink.


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Should you want any help together with your membership, be at liberty to contact Andrew Schley at andrew.schley@chess.com.



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