United States Blind Chess Association. Blind people play chess too.

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Who We Are

The United States Blind Chess Association (USBCA) has been around since the late nineteen sixties, and is dedicated to encouraging and assisting in the promotion and advancement of correspondence and over-the-board chess among chess enthusiasts who are blind or visually impaired.

Our Mission

To promote the game of chess and its benefits to the blindness community.

Become a Member

To become a member, follow these instructions. Our mailing list is where you will be able to get news about correspondence and real time tournaments and other information about the USBCA. To join the USBCA mailing list, send a blank email with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject to: Usbca_chess-request@freelists.org.

You will get a reply back from the mailing list. Follow the instructions in that reply.

When you join the mailing list, you will automatically become a member. see our Membership page for more information.

If you are blind or visually impaired and would like to play the great game of chess, join us and meet other people like yourself who love chess and would love to meet you.

The USBCA prides itself on being there for its members, so whether you are a beginner just learning the game, or an experienced player looking for others to play and get to know, we are here to help and assist you in any way we can.

We have two ways to play the great game of chess in the USBCA. One is by correspondence, where the games are played by email, and the second is in real time, using LiChess or Skype on your computer or smart phone, using your own adaptive chess set. If you are interested in just jumping right in and starting to play games with other USBCA members, send a message to the mailing list.

LiChess Puzzles

Practice your chess from right here. Puzzles are a fun way to exercise your chess thinking.

Consultants To The USBCA

The USBCA thanks its senior Consultants / Contributors, who help us learn about chess and answer many questions. They are: