Chess tournaments are a way for people to evaluate their skills, gain rankings and points, have fun, and even make money, playing chess. Most chess tournaments in the United States are created and regulated by The United States Chess Federation (USCF)
, which sets standardizations, rules, and much more for tournaments. In order to compete in many of these tournaments, you are required to become an official member of the USCF, which can be done by visiting this link
. Depending on your age, you price may vary from sixteen dollars to forty-two dollars per year. Buying in advance, for example buying a license for three years, will save you money.
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This may deter some people from joining, but if you are serious about playing Chess and getting your rating up and even winning prize money, it's well worth the cost of admission. Even for the most expensive license you pay less than five dollars a month, which is less than the cost of cable, Internet, or a phone line.
There are many levels and stages of tournaments that will be described more thoroughly throughout the site (you can learn more by clicking on the links in the footer, sitemap, or top bar). There are national events, foreign events, and grand prix events, all which are, for the most part, hosted by the USCF, so competing in these can net you cash prizes and increase (or a decrease) in point ratings. Each tournament has to abide by some minimum cash prize rule, or number of players attending, so that the tournaments are more standardized and easier to prepare for. By visiting here
you may view all the upcoming tournaments across the nation, by state.