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American Chess Magazine is "the chess magazine that the chess world needs and deserves!". The winner of six awards and five honorable mentions by the Chess Journalists of America in 2018, this large, beautifully produced magazine not only brings a slew of articles on events with deeply commented games, but includes columns by such legendary players as Seirawan, So, Shahade, Benjamin, Sokolov and many more! If you're interested in American Chess, look no further than American Chess Magazine.



Chess is Chic!

The cover of American Chess Magazine #18 features a supermodel and avid chess player Bo Krsmanovic, who believes that fashion and chess are a perfect match!

Here at ACM we consider online play to be more of a casual than a serious chess zone - a substitute that will never really be a truly satisfactory replacement for what we all cherish the most: face-to-face over-the-board play. Nevertheless in this issue we couldn’t resist publishing an article by GM John Burke, featuring games between Carlsen and Caruana, played in a “corona format”. This was particularly appropriate since no one knows how soon we will have the opportunity to witness another OTB “clash of titans.”

In mid-August we received some great news from the Association of Chess Journalists of America (CJA). In the final count of votes for 2020, American Chess Magazine won eight category awards and three honorable mentions, which once again included the distinction of being named “Best Overall Magazine”! Inside you can read more about the respective individual achievements, but we would especially like to thank the CJA for recognizing the quality of writing by John Burke, who has authored a series of splendidly crafted reports on topical events over the years. And it was for two such articles that John received the main award as well as an honorable mention in the “Best Junior Chess Print Article” category.

It goes without saying that we greatly appreciate and value the enthusiastic efforts of all our contributors, such as another CJA Awards winner – endgame specialist and experienced grandmaster, Alex Fishbein. Indeed, in the present issue, Alex shows no sign of resting on his laurels and this time introduces our readers to the legacy of “the father of endgame composition” Alexey Troitsky.

For this issue we would also particularly like to draw the attention of our younger readership to an exclusive interview with an American chess icon from the 1950s and 60s, IM James T. Sherwin. You may not know much about him. You may not have even heard of him at all. Yet, now in his eighties, this leading US player from the Fischer era is still active in chess while living peacefully in the UK. And here readers will find a rich combination of his personal insights, historical highlights and practical chess experiences – together with a selection of his noteworthy games.

By including yet another article on the legendary Bobby Fischer, readers may well conclude that ACM editors are hugely biased. But in fact it is all about unearthing buried treasure: previously unpublished games and real-life stories of a remarkable “giant killer”. Chuck Hoey has taken the chess scalps of not only Bobby Fischer but also Bent Larsen and others in their heyday – and furthermore he has been a subscriber and supporter of ACM from the very first issue!

Previously we announced a number of exclusive contributions by authors eager to make their debut with us. Well, here they are: GMs Illya Nyzhnyk, Vladimir Belous and Zurab Javakhadze. These three successful young men provide instructional material in an original and even autobiographical way. Such inspirational articles are worthy of not only being read – but also re-read!

Just before global lockdown, another young man had an incredible run, winning two open tournaments in a row with a score of +9=1! Of course, we simply had to report on this in ACM and here Praveen Balakrishnan does full justice to his outstanding achievement with first hand game commentaries.

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Manufacturer American Chess Magazine
Pages 100 Pages
Publication Date Sep 24, 2020
Number of Issues Individual Issue - Subscription Available Separately
Notation Type FAN - Figurine