Welcome to the US Chess Federation (USCF) Forums! These Terms of Service govern your use of the USCF Forums website and constitute a legally binding agreement between you and the US Chess Federation. By accessing or using the USCF Forums, you acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms of Service.

1.User Conduct:

1.1 Respectful Communication: Users are expected to engage in respectful and courteous communication. Avoid engaging in any form of harassment, discrimination, hate speech, or personal attacks. Treat other users with dignity and respect.

1.2 Prohibited Content: Users must not post or share any content that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, threatening, or otherwise objectionable. Do not post content that violates any law, infringes upon intellectual property rights, or promotes illegal activities.

1.3 Privacy and Confidentiality: Users must respect the privacy and confidentiality of others. Do not share personal information or private conversations without explicit consent. Do not impersonate others or misrepresent your identity.

1.4 Compliance with Laws: Users are responsible for complying with all applicable laws and regulations while using the USCF Forums. Do not engage in any illegal activities or encourage others to do so.

  1. User Content

2.1 Ownership: By posting or sharing content on the USCF Forums, you retain ownership of your content. However, you grant the US Chess Federation a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, and publicly display your content on the USCF Forums.

2.2 Moderation: The US Chess Federation reserves the right to moderate, edit, or remove any user content that violates these Terms of Service or is deemed inappropriate or offensive. The USCF Forums are a moderated platform, and the US Chess Federation reserves the right to take any necessary actions to enforce these Terms of Service.

2.3 Copyright Infringement: Do not post or share any content that infringes upon the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that your copyright has been infringed, please notify the US Chess Federation in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

3.Limitation of Liability

3.1 No Endorsement: The US Chess Federation does not endorse, guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of any user-generated content posted on the USCF Forums. Users are solely responsible for their interactions and reliance on such content.

3.2 Disputes: The US Chess Federation is not responsible for any disputes or conflicts arising between users. Users agree to resolve any disputes directly with the involved parties and release the US Chess Federation from any claims or liability related to such disputes.

3.3 Disclaimer of Warranty: The USCF Forums are provided on an “as is” basis, without any warranties or representations of any kind, either express or implied. The US Chess Federation disclaims all warranties, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

  1. General Provisions

4.1 Modification of Terms: The US Chess Federation reserves the right to modify or update these Terms of Service at any time. Users will be notified of any material changes, and continued use of the USCF Forums after such changes will constitute acceptance of the modified terms.

4.2 Termination: The US Chess Federation may, at its sole discretion, suspend or terminate access to the USCF Forums for any user who violates these Terms of Service or engages in conduct detrimental to the community.

4.3 Severability: If any provision of these Terms of Service is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.