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USCF Online Rated Tournaments on ICC!

There are four weekly rated US CHESS RATED tournaments with different time controls:

If you don't have an ICC username, register an ICC username here. If your ICC username is expired, purchase membership time here
If you don't, have a US Chess membership, you can purchase it here. If you forgot your US Chess ID (formally known as USCF ID) click here.

How to Play

Once you have an ICC username linked to a valid US Chess ID, you're ready to play! 

First you need to login to ICC at least 15 minutes before the start time using our playing software for Mac or Windows (options listed below) or via our web based interface, or our mobile app. Below instructions how how to join using each interface:

Frequently Asked Questions:

 How do I get the 20% ICC membership discount for being a USCF member?

If you are a USCF member in good standing, you are now entitled to a 20% discount on a 1 year membership!  To claim your discount, visit the USCF-ICC MEMBERSHIP store page.

 How do I look up my new USCF rating?

Go to and enter your name; Find your name listed and click it, then click the far right tab "Tnmt Hst" (Tournament history)


 Where can I see past tournaments played?

Go to and enter your name; Find your name listed and click it, then click the far right tab "Tnmt Hst" (Tournament history)


 How many bye points will I get if I latejoin?

A player who latejoins (enters a tournament that is already in progress) will receive a 1/2 point bye for each round prior to the first round in which they are paired.

 Do we win prizes?

From time to time, there will be random prizes! These are not done each week, but very often. You simply never know, so play in them ALL!!  


 Will there be entry fee tournaments with prizes?

There are no entry fees at this time. For cash tournament with entry fee, checkout   ;


 How soon are ratings posted?

Most days, ratings will be posted hourly until 11 PM (Note: This may be delayed as we launch the first of these events) 


 What initial ratings will be used for the online Blitz events?

USCF will set an initial rating based on other known ratings.  The rating will be set in this order, using the first available:  1) USCF blitz, 2)  USCF standard,  3) ICC blitz,  4) ICC standard.  If no ratings are found in any of these categories, a default rating of 1400 will be used.


Entrants must agree to all the following prior to entry into each USCF tournament:

  1. I will not give my password to anyone. I will not share my account. I am the only person allowed to use my account. Specifically, I will not allow other people to use my account. I will not use any account which does not belong to me.
  2. I will not use chess database software, analysis software or chess engines while playing USCF rated games on the Internet Chess Club. I acknowledge and agree that the ICC and the USCF has the right to monitor such activity and further agree to indemnify, defend and hold the USCF and ICC harmless from and against any and all liabilities, claims, causes of action or damages (including attorney's fees) arising from the Company's exercise of its rights herein.
  3. I will behave decently toward other players, as described in help atmosphere and help abuse. I will not accuse anyone rules infractions.
  4. Players are prohibited from giving takebacks or moretime during the tournament.
  5. All participants are expected to be familiar with the rules of chess used on the ICC server.  In particular, participants should be aware of the ICC rules for draws and how to claim a draw if such a claim is necessary to invoke a particular draw rule.  To that end, each participant is encouraged to review the rules at
  6. The tournament manager may, at his or her discretion, refuse to allow a player to enter the tournament or eject a player from the tournament, for any reason, including, but not limited to: connection problems, excessive lag, failure to start tournament games promptly, failure to resume tournament games promptly, disruptive behavior in the tournament channel, suspicion that the player is receiving outside assistance, suspicion that the player is using computer assistance, or discovery that the account or player has a previous history of violating ICC rules. The manager is not obligated to disclose the reason for his or her decision, and his or her decision is final. There is no process for appeal.
  7. In the event a player is ejected from the tournament by the manager, the manager may, at his or her discretion, rule the game in the running round in which the player was ejected, as lost for the ejected player and won for their opponent.  However, results for any previous rounds will stand.
  8. Successfully playing USCF online rated games are at the mercy to an individual’s connectivity and one’s ability to use the various interfaces to connect and play on our site.  ICC, or the USCF, cannot be responsible for games lost due to an entrant’s difficulty remaining connected or inability to use the programs used to play. Completed games cannot and will not be re-started, resumed or ratings adjusted for any reason.
  9. Neither ICC nor the USCF can be responsible for things that can happen with internet play. Examples of this can be: slips or dropped pieces; returning a piece back to its original place and accidentally setting it on the wrong square; game boards disappearing; etc. This list is not all-inclusive, as there may be other issues that we cannot control as well. 

Useful Links

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