SOURCE: American Foundation for Chess

September 19, 2006 12:15 ET

U.S. Chess Federation and America's Foundation for Chess Announce Partnership

AF4C to Provide In-School Chess Curriculum; USCF to Expand Membership Channel Through Co-Marketing Program

CROSSVILLE, TN and SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) and America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) today announced that they have entered into a partnership agreement. Through this partnership, AF4C's unique First Move™ chess curriculum becomes a USCF-sanctioned in-school program for teaching elementary level children the game of chess. Together, the two organizations will work to expand the interest of chess and help make the intellectually challenging game an integral part of class curriculum. Co-marketing activities will help drive the awareness level and advantages of membership in the USCF as well.

"AF4C has delivered an effective in-class chess curriculum with a proven track record in schools across the country and we're pleased to establish a partnership with a top quality organization," said Joel Channing, a USCF board member, and Vice President of Finance. "Through our joint marketing efforts with the AF4C, we plan to increase the awareness of the USCF and benefits of membership, while demonstrating the advantages to students and teachers of integrating chess into the class curriculum."

About America's Foundation for Chess

America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of our children by providing high quality educational programs, as well as top flight professional development and training for elementary school teachers. AF4C's unique First Move™ program offers a professionally designed, standards-based class curriculum utilizing the game of chess as a learning tool for all 2nd and 3rd grade students. For more information visit

Contact Information

    Alane Moran
    America's Foundation for Chess
    Phone: 425/216-0051
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    Bill Hall
    U.S. Chess Federation
    Phone: 931-200-3410
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