Links to Online Chess Resources
IHSA & IESA Chess
Chess Equipment Suppliers
The best supplier of wholesale-price chess equipment for years. Price breaks for larger quantities allow coaches to grab everything they need at the best possible price. They carry all the necessary equipment at exactly the right price. The more you buy, the more you save!
The supplier of premier chess sets AND the best quality tournament sets. House of Staunton has been creating and retailing the best chess sets in the world for decades. Everything a player or coach would ever need is here.
ACE has been the active vendor for the IHSA State Tournament for several years and serves several tournaments in Illinois every year. They're a great alternative to the larger retailers, and they have some great items that cannot be found anywhere else.
Learning and Teaching websites
The Chess Network is a fantastic chess player, Jerry, a self-taught National Master from Pennsylvania. He live-streams on Twitch and posts tons of great instructional and analysis videos.
The following are chess organizations in and around Illinois. This is not an endorsement of any of these organizations, simply a listing of chess organizations in the state that you might reach out to for resources.
The Illinois Chess Association (“ICA”) is the recognized state affiliate of the United States Chess Federation (“USCF”) for the State of Illinois. ICA is an Illinois corporation with not-for-profit status under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) §501(c)3. As the USCF state affiliate, ICA is responsible for conferring chess titles for the state of Illinois under USCF auspices.
The US Chess Federation (US Chess) is the official governing body and not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization for chess players and chess supporters in the United States. Their mission is to empower people through chess one move at a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.
US Chess represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE), connecting our members to chess players around the world. Founded in 1939 with the merger of the American Chess Federation and the National Chess Federation, US Chess has grown to serve over 85,000 members and 2,000 affiliated chess clubs and organizations today.
Founded in Paris on 20 July 1924, the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym) was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an International Sports Federation in 1999. With 188 member federations, FIDE is among the biggest sports organizations in the world, very proud of over forty official championships for youngsters, men, women and seniors.
Prior to the founding of FIDE, Chess had existed as a sport played at competitive level for centuries. In its over 2000 years history from its origins in India and outlying countries in Asia, the game had undergone a series of changes and metamorphosed into its present day form by the 15th century. In those days, there was no common code governing the Laws of Chess or uniform regulations for International Competitions. The only binding force was that it was a gentleman's sport in which the players were expected to act with decorum plus the enduring beauty of the game to its practitioners.