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Idaho Chess Association


The Idaho Chess Association's vision is to enrich the lives of all people and Idaho communities through the game of chess.


The mission of the Idaho Chess Association is to provide organized chess play, coordinate chess activities within the state, support and develop local chess clubs, encourage player development, and to enhance appreciation of chess.


The Idaho Chess Association values fair play and good sportsmanship, education through sharing and teaching, chess players with diverse abilities and skills, creating a variety of chess activities and opportunities, decisions using sound logic and forethought, and continued growth and learning through chess.

Motto: Chess is a tool for a fuller life.

The Idaho Chess Association (ICA) established in 1947 is a not for profit member supported corporation which promotes the game of chess throughout the state of Idaho. We are the official State Affiliate to the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

We organize official chess tournaments and bestow various official titles such as Idaho State Chess Champion or Idaho Scholastic Chess Champion based on the results of those tournaments.

We support and promote chess all around the State at the statewide and local levels. We have a rich history and sense of tradition and leadership that takes the noble game of chess to the highest standards and levels of competition throughout Idaho.

Please feel free to participate in our many events and to enjoy the game of chess on the competitive level either through events we organize, or those organized by other organizations throughout Idaho.

We welcome comments and suggestions. To contact us, please visit our Contact Us page. Please enjoy and return to our site often as new events are being organized while results/games are reported as time marches on.


Photo Policy

By entering an Idaho Chess Association event, permission is given to the ICA to use photos for publicity and news on the world wide web, newspapers, magazines, and school literature.

Background Checks

Individuals, organizers, and volunteers for the Idaho Chess Association will undergo a criminal records check related to felony and misdemeanor convictions in the past 7 years. Crimes of particular concern include crimes involving weapons and crimes of a sexual nature. Information is independently confirmed and confidential.


The Idaho Chess Association values diversity and equality and encourages all chess players, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, nationality, national origin, sexuality, religion or belief, marital status and social class. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

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