Chess Life Magazine
The December 2009 Issue of Chess Life Magazine celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the United States Chess Federation and includes extensive interviews with USCF Members whose birth years mark each anniversary decade. It also includes coverage of "US Chess Kids in Argentina", where American youth players won an unprecedented 5 gold medals against the world's top junior players. It also includes an exciting look at Chessonomics, how to downturn in the US economy has affected Chess-related companies such as the Internet Chess Club.
Chess Life Magazine - December 2009 Issue
The January 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine focuses on Women in Chess and includes an extensive interview with 3-time US Women's Champion IM Anna Zatonskih, an excerpt from World Women's Champion Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk's new book, Diary of a Chess Queen and coverage of the 2009 US Women's Open Chess Championship.
Chess Life Magazine - January 2010 Issue
The February 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine focuses on GM-Elect Ben Finegold, America's Newest Grandmaster. It also includes a tribute to Chess Life contributor Jerry Hanken and includes extensive coverage of the US Youth Team at the World Youth Championship and the UTD Thankgiving Tournament.
Chess Life Magazine - February 2010 Issue
The March 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine, with extensive coverage of the 2009 World Team Championship in which the United States Men's Team won a silver medal. It also includes converage of the 2009 London event, in which 2-time US Champion Hikaru Nakamura battled against the world's top players and also remembers the 2002 Golden Knights Correspondence Championship.
Chess Life Magazine - March 2010 Issue
The April 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine provides in-depth coverage of the top Chess tournament from across the United States - and the World! This includes
* Coverage of the 2010 Wijk Aan Zee Tournament, in which American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura Grand Slam debut was overshadowed by the brilliant play of the Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
* The 2009 National K-12 Championship in Dallas, TX
* The 2009 North American Open in Las Vegas, NV.
Chess Life Magazine - April 2010 Issue
The May 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine provides in-depth coverage of the 2010 Amateur Team Chess Championships. In addition, it also includes a preview of the 2010 US Chess Championship and a must-read article by NM Dan Heisman on what it's like to teach Chess to Howard Stern, and even includes analysis of 3 of the shock jock's games.
Chess Life Magazine - May 2010 Issue
The June 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine provides in-depth coverage of the 2010 Eastern Open. In addition, it also includes a review of the 2006 Electronic Knights Championship, the 2010 All-American Team and the 2010 Samford Fellowship that was awarded to 18-year old Grandmaster Robert Hess (who is featured on the cover.)
Chess Life Magazine - June 2010 Issue
The July 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine provides in-depth coverage of the 2010 World Chess Championship, where Indian Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand soundly defeated local favorite Grandmaster Veselin Topalov on his native soil (Bulgaria). it also includes an in-depth look at the 2010 US Chess Championship and its Champion, Grandmaster Gata Kamsky, plus a review of the 2008 USCF Absolute Correspondence Championship and a Fact-check review of many of Chess' most profilic authors and their blunders.
Chess Life Magazine - July 2010 Issue
The August 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine provides in-depth coverage of Grandmaster Gata Kamsky's victory in the 2010 US Chess Championship, which included a thrilling armageddon victory over GM Yury Shulman to grasp the title. it also includes an in-depth look at the 2010 National High School Chess Championship from Columbus, Ohio as well a fascinating article on FM Sunil Weeremanrty, one of the US' top Chess coaches and father of two-time US Champion Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.
Chess Life Magazine - August 2010 Issue
The September 2010 Issue of Chess Life Magazine provides an in-depth look at the Ruy Lopez, also known as the "Spanish Torture" and looks at a slew of recent books that discuss this critical opening. It also contains a memorial for former FIDE President Florencio Campomanes, who recently passed away, and a look at the 2010 National Open Chess Tournament.
Chess Life Magazine - September 2010 Issue
The October 2010 Issue of Chess Life includes in-depth coverage of the 2010 US Women's Chess Championship and includes an interview with the champion, Irina Krush. It also includes coverage of the 2010 Junior Closed Championship and the 2010 World Open Tournaments.
Chess Life Magazine - October 2010 Issue
The November 2010 Issue of Chess Life includes in-depth coverage of the 2010 US Open Champion and includes an in-depth interview with champion GM Alejandro Ramirez. It also features a look back at the 1960 World Team Chess Championship, the first and only time the US team won the Championship ahead of the powerhouse USSR.
Chess Life Magazine - November 2010 Issue
The December 2010 Issue of Chess Life takes a look at chess personalities across the U.S. and even Canada, using young Ray Robson, the youngest grand-master in American chess history, as our springboard. From the typical class player (with an untypical story about his father!) to an accomplished father/son duo to a Canadian with a distinguished chess resume.
Chess Life Magazine - December 2010 Issue
Vasily Smyslov was one of the most beloved of grandmasters. Even Bobby Fischer tempered his hatred of the Soviets when considering Smyslov.Smyslov was a multi-faceted world champion, but in this issue we focus on his contributions to opening theory. Russell Potter cares deeply about Smyslov's memory, and you will to after you read about the man and study the given examples.Read this article, the Olympiad 2010, and much more in the January issue of Chess Life.
Chess Life Magazine - January 2011 Issue
Steven Zierk's 2010 will be a memorable year for him no matter how long his chess career lasts. After winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions this past year in California, he travelled almost 7,000 miles away to Greece to lead the U.S. team by earning a gold medal at the World Youth Championship, GM John Fedorowicz writes about the team's efforts in this edition of Chess Life magazine. This, plus a lot more!
Chess Life Magazine - February 2011 Issue
GM Larry Evans was a gaint not just of American Chess, but also of American chess journalism. In this remberance issue, former Chess Life editor Larry Parr profiles his friend and colleague, GM Andy Soltis tells us why Evans was important to the chess community, Burce Pandolfini gives us a 1959 U. S. Championship game Evans played against Arthur Bisguier, and GM Pal Benko gives examples of Evans' endgame virtuosity. Also, in "First Moves" we look back at Evans' own iconic column, "Evans on Chess."
Chess Life magazine - March 2011 Issue
GM Hikaru Nakamura is no longer just one of the big boys. Now he is beating the big boys. Read GM Ian Rogers' report on the U.S.' top-ranked player's stirring victory above the world's best in Vijkaan Zee the Netherlands. This, plus a lot more!
Chess Life Magazine - April 2011 Issue
The U. S. Amateur Team East, also known now as the World Amateur Championship, continues to be the most popular chess festival on the USCF tournament calendar. Read Al Lawrence's report in this month's issues of Chess Life. Also in this month, Gata Kamsky faces Veselin Topalov in Kazan, Russia in the opening round of the Candidate Matches. As he contemplated the road to a potential 2012 World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand, Kamsky sat down to talk about past misconceptions, his preparations, and his planned retirement from competitive chess. This, plus a lot more!
Chess Life Magazine - May 2011 Issue
College chess continues to grow in the U. S., and perhaps nothing illustrates this trend more than Texas Tech's stirring vicotry in the Final Four event. The faces on the front cover are from Betsy Dynako's collegiate photo essay from the 2010 Pan Am. These articles, and much more, can be found in the June issue of Chess Life.
Chess Life Magazine - June 2011 Issue
We whistle a happy tune with our cover this month, offering a nod to the Broadway classic The King and I, itself based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam. With Kamsky's third title and Zatonskih's fourth, this is truly a royal couple.We offer 20 pages of U.S. Championship coverage by Mike Klein beginning on page 16, along with bonus coverage on page 54 in GM Benko's "Endgame Lab."
Chess Life Magazine - July 2011 Issue
The Evolution of Correspondence ChessPerhaps no area of chess has changed more dramatically due to the rise of technology than has correspondence chess. Chess Life Magazine cover artist, Jon Cannell, pays tribute to this, showing the evolution from postal to correspondence chess from postcards to laptops.
Chess Life Magazine - August 2011 Issue
Kings vs. Queens and the Opening of the World Chess Hall of Fame
The World Chess Hall of Fame will open in its new location, St. Louis, on September 9th. In conjuction with the opening, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, across the street, will host a unique team event, Kings vs. Queens: A Battle of the Sexes.Learn more about this event, and much more, in the September issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - September 2011 Issue
The number of options out there, for playing chess on your mobile device, can be bewildering. FM Mike Klein, winner this year of the "Best Tournament Report" category in the Chess Journalists of America awards - for his reporting from the 2010 U.S. Championships, help guide you through the choices. Read this article, and much more, in the October issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - October 2011 Issue
Sammy Reshevsky was many things: prodigy, proud, pugnacious. And this month he would have turned 100 years old. Al Lawrence shows you all of Reshevsky's sides in his report beginning on page 40. Read this article, and much more, in the November issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - November 2011 Issue
The Saint Louis Chess center continues to lead the way not just in the U.S. but in the world with innovative chess ideas. This month we report on their Kings versus Queens battle of the sexes involving both classical chess and Chess960. See page 18 for IM Irina Krush and GM Ben Finegold's article, including some diagrams that have never before been seen on the pages of Chess Life.Read this article, and much more, in the December issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - December 2011 Issue
Most USCF state affiliates' state championship is the premier event on their calendar. North Carolina has been implementing some innovative strategies in their championship, and the North Carolina Open, that may benefit other organizations. FM Mike Klein reports beginning on page 26.Read this article, and much more, in the January 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - January 2012 Issue
It is hard to believe that at one time the dominant image the public had of a chess player was an old man with a long, gray beard. Perhaps he had a pipe. My, how thing s have changed. The Hip Hop Chess Federation is the latest organization combining chess with pop culture elements, in this case hip hop and martial arts. Adisa Banjoko's organization celebrates its fifth anniversary this month.Read this article, and much more, in the February 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - February 2012 Issue
GM Gregory Kaidanov scored a solid tournament win at the 38th Eastern Open i Washington, D.C. The report begins on page 16 and includes a number of pages of opening analysis for the 'openings wonks' out there.Read this article, and much more, in the March 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - March 2012 Issue
For tournament chess players, the chess clock is almost as iconic as the pieces themselves. And while digital clocks have become the clock of choice for most players, there is just something comforting about a good, old fashioned, analog clock and the excitement of seeing the little red flag rise (and fall). This edition's cover story, by Keith Ammann, begins on page 32 and looks at the numbered days of the analog clock.Read this article, and much more, in the April 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.Don't forget to check out our Analog Chess Clocks!
Chess Life Magazine - April 2012 Issue
Iceland has a fascination with elves. Roads have even been diverted so as not to disturb elf habitat. Yet once a year the chess world arrives in Reykjavik, including a dozen Americans this year, to face the cold, hard, reality of the 64 squares.Read about this year's Reykjavik Chess Festival, and much more, in the May 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - May 2012 Issue
Read about Abe Wilson and Correspondence Chess in the June 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - June 2012 Issue
I.S. 318, a junior high school in Brooklyn, New York, has won the National High School team championship. This could be one of the most remarkable achievements ever in scholastic team chess.Read this story beginning on page 18 of this July issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - July 2012 Issue
The U.S. Championship is our premiere event each year and our coverage this month reflects this. Beginning on page 16, we have 12 pages of games, photos, and analysis featuring our champions Hikaru Nakamura and Irina Krush.Read this story and much more in the August issue of Chess Life Magazine.
Chess Life Magazine - August 2012 Issue
GM Sam Shankland is a young man with strong opinions who is dedicated to chess improvement. Read the Chess Life interview beginning on page 16.
Chess Life Magazine - September 2012 Issue
GM Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands wins 2012 World Open in Armageddon playoff over GM Alex Shabalov.
Chess Life Magazine - October 2012 Issue
The Queen of Katwe - A Virginia Ministry uses chess to reveal the potential of the poorest of the poor.
Chess Life Magazine - November 2012 Issue