Set up your US Chess account
Once you or your child have joined US Chess, you will want to set up your account to get the most out of your membership. Then you can get emailed as soon as your child’s rating is updated and score major “chess parent points” after every tournament!
Create your US Chess website login
On your first visit, you will need to set up a new login and password.
US Chess does not require you to have a unique email address on file to become a member and get an ID number, but to use their new membership system you will need to have a unique email address associated with your membership.
Parents registering multiple children will need to use a unique email address for each child.
If you are certain your email address is attached to your ID number, click the “Reset Your Password” button, and enter the email address associated with your member record on the form that appears. You will receive an automated email with a one-time link that will allow you to set up a new login and password. Once your new login is confirmed, you may return to the above screen and log in.
If you know your email address is NOT attached to your ID number, or you are not sure whether it is, click the “create a new website login” link, and complete the form you see there. The form will attach the email address you specify, and set up your new login. You will receive an automated email with a one-time link for setting up a new password. Please note, this form is intended for members who do not have an email address already associated with their ID number.
US Chess strongly recommends choosing a login that is NOT your email address. Users do not have the ability to change their logins, and if your email address changes, you will avoid confusion if you follow this recommendation.
When you successfully log in to the new system, you will see your user dashboard.
Update your US Chess profile
From your dashboard, click on “Manage My Profile” to add or update your address. At a minimum, enter your “State/Province,” as that will help Tournament Directors find your information (especially if you have a common name). It will also qualify you to play in special events like your state championship.
To get notified by email when your rating or your child’s rating is updated, select “Ratings” under “Communication Settings“. Then you will get an email (at the email address in your child’s profile) as soon as their tournament has been rated. The email will have their old and new ratings and a link to the tournament rating report. You will often receive this email several minutes before the new ratings are posted on the uschess.org website, so you could score extra “chess parent points”!
In the “Tournament Announcements (TLAs)” section, you can sign up to be notified of upcoming tournaments in your area.
If you would like to play online rated games on US Chess’ online partner sites like ChessKid.com, Chess.com, or lichess.org, then you can link your US Chess Member ID with your user account on those sites in the “Online Chess Partners” section.
Accessing US Chess publications
Once you have set up your child’s account, they can access Chess Life Kids magazine by logging in to uschess.org and going to: https://new.uschess.org/chess-life-kids-magazine-issues. This link is also on the bottom of the US Chess home page. Then they can read issues online in the digital viewer or download them as PDF files.
You can also access Chess Life magazine in the same way at https://new.uschess.org/chess-life-magazine-issues.
For more information about the new US Chess Information Technology (IT) systems, please refer to these US Chess blog posts: