Membership in the United States Chess Federation (USCF) is required for participation in any "USCF-rated" event. This includes all Monmouth Chess School and Club (MCS&C) Class tournaments, Club tournaments, Open tournaments and Scholastic tournaments. USCF membership is not required for casual club play, bughouse tournaments, simultaneous exhibitions or the ongoing Novice "Pyramid" tournament posted on the cork board. USCF Memberships may be obtained by contacting Mrs. Koblentz or Dr. Koblentz all the way up to the end of Registration for the USCF event. USCF Memberships are normally purchased as an annual membership. The membership cost is the same whether you go through the USCF or have us do it for you. We prefer the latter case as we then don't need to verify memberships for the current event or future events, and the Club gets a small goodwill credit with the USCF. Note that USCF Membership and Club Membership are not the same thing (see Club Membership).