A dream team of US grandmasters won the gold medal at the World Chess Olympiad, ahead of Ukraine, Russia, India, and over 160 other nations, while 15–year–old Texan, Jeffery Xiong, became the new World Under–20 Champion! And now the ACM has been launched to help American readers keep in touch with all the most significant happenings in the exciting world of present day chess, both at home and abroad.
Our goal is simple: We want to make chess attractive in terms of both its creative content and visual presentation.
We will consider it a great compliment if readers find it worthy to share the ACM with both their chess and non–chess friends.
We hasten to add that we welcome readers’ contributions and letters, whether they are critical or supportive!
The ACM is powered by Chess Informant. We have been reaching out to the entire chess world for half a century!
This quarterly magazine is designed to record not only the exploits of those men and women who fulfil their varied roles as star players, trainers and sponsors, but also the endeavors of the many unsung heroes who work behind the scenes in national organizations, clubs and institutions supportive of chess. Such a broad–based movement will surely play its part in “making American chess great again,” and the ACM will be committed to promoting even wider recognition and greater popularity of our beloved game.
The international team that has in the last six years restored the legendary Chess Informant to its former glory, and more recently revamped the 135–year–old British Chess Magazine, has now been encouraged to celebrate the resurgence of US chess with the help of some of the finest American authors and editors.
Naturally, the success of the USA team at the Chess Olympiad comes under the spotlight in our first issue, as does Jeffery Xiong’s capture of the world junior title. There is also an in-depth preview of the forthcoming world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, to be staged in New York during November. Nevertheless, readers might be surprised at the number of contributed articles by writers from foreign lands. But here the ACM is only mirroring how dynamic and how global the chess scene is today.
We cannot resist quoting the following lines, written by William Borsodi, a publisher of the ACM way back in 1897! “While the first issue of the American Chess Magazine does not in any degree approach the excellence which will mark future issues, you will admit that it is far superior to any chess periodical ever offered before, yet neither the reading matter nor the illustrations are satisfying to the high ambitions of the editor and publisher. A vast improvement in the future numbers is assured.”