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Clubs are usually attached to regional chess associations, which are in turn members of their national federation which will be associated with FIDE, the world governing body of chess.
Chess clubs typically provide at least some of the following:
- Informal, 'friendly', games
- Club and inter-club competitions
- Opportunities to play in one or more leagues organized on a geographical basis
- A rating system where the results of inter-club games are rated to enable players to judge their standing and progress. Many clubs use the rating system provided by FIDE or their national chess organization.
- Coaching by a more knowledgeable chess player and lectures/tuition evenings
- A library of chess books
- Directory of English Chess Clubs, English Chess Federation
- Directory of US Chess Clubs, United States Chess Federation