The World Chess Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by representatives of the World Chess Federation (Fédération Internationale des Échecs, FIDE).
The U.S. Chess Federation Hall of Fame Committee considers candidates for the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and sends its nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust each year. The trustees of the U.S. Chess Trust vote on who should be inducted. The induction itself takes place either at the U.S. Chess Federation Awards Luncheon during the U.S. Open or at the World Chess Hall of Fame, which is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The induction is almost always performed by either the Chairman of the U.S. Chess Trust or the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
Current members of the committee:
- Harold Winston (Chairman)
- GM Joel Benjamin
- Frank Camaratta
- IM John Donaldson
- John Hilbert
- Al Lawrence
- John McCrary
- Sophia Rohde
- WGM Jennifer Shahade
- GM Andrew Soltis
McCrary and Donaldson are former Chairs of the Hall of Fame Committee. Both Benjamin and Soltis are inductees of the Hall of Fame.
The World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum was created in 1984 by the United States Chess Federation.