Established in 1897 | Reborn in 2016

Old School Chess: Read, Learn, Win!

An award-winning print magazine that delves deeply into chess secrets and wholeheartedly celebrates our chess heroes. The icing on the cake? Show it off—it will make you proud to be part of the chess community.


Awarded by the Chess Journalists of America (CJA) in 2023

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American Chess Magazine is as good as any premium golf or tennis magazine out there. Let's see chess as a lifestyle game, easy for everyone to enjoy and appreciate, without losing depth or value.

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“Wow! This is a Chess Magazine!?”

It’s like getting a book of instruction, news, and close-ups every other month — one you would be proud to casually lay out on your coffee table. American Chess Magazine is receiving rave reviews around the world. It's a magazine that America, in its chess renaissance, deserves.  

Get Ahead with the Experts

Our authors are world-class players, champions, grandmasters and experts who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge within the chess community. Rest assured, we don't use ghost-writers or "special" contributors — only fully committed authors who are proud of their hard work.


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Jennifer Yu, 2019 US Women's Chess Champion
Wesley So, 2021 US Chess Champion

The Chess Magazine As It Was Meant to Be

We're committed to covering chess in America, but we never lose sight of what's happening in the chess world at large. From national events to individual state coverage, in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes reporting, and expert analysis from grandmasters, we have it all.


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Revitalizing the US Chess Scene

We will consider it a great compliment if readers find it worthy to share the American Chess Magazine with their friends, exhibiting the same pride they feel in being members of the American — and indeed worldwide — chess community!

The Convenience of Chess at Your Fingertips

If you're looking for a publication that will entertain, educate, and inform you about the game of chess, then this is the magazine for you. Keep up-to-date on the state of world chess every other month with American Chess Magazine.

Stay Up-to-Date on Chess, Even with a Busy Schedule

As a chess enthusiast, you understand the joy and mental challenge that the game of chess provides. However, with a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find the time to stay up-to-date on the latest tournament play and trends in the chess world. American Chess Magazine is the perfect solution for you. With our bi-monthly publication, you can easily keep track of the state of world chess without sacrificing your time and energy. Instead of spending hours searching the internet, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the game at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. Our magazine is designed to provide you with accurate, reliable information on chess without impacting your professional and personal obligations.

Take Your Chess Game to the Next Level

American Chess Magazine is the perfect resource for Active, Titled, and Expert players. Each issue is packed with articles written by fellow players, providing original ideas and instructive analysis for practical play. Our magazine is endorsed by a large number of very strong players who have subscribed to it, and we pride ourselves on providing honest and integrity-rich content. No hype, just the facts.

The Go-To Resource for Chess Coaches

Keep your training up-to-date with a wide variety of educational articles and thoroughly annotated games. Each column in our magazine can be used as a lesson, or even multiple lessons, as our contributors write with passion and dedication, never compromising the level of their work for a wider audience. Benefit from the best possible opportunities for advancement for your students by subscribing to American Chess Magazine.

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Provide your child with the self-study material they need to reach their full potential, without any artificial constraints. Give them the opportunity to learn from the winning techniques and ways of thinking of top players, as presented in our magazine. Everything in American Chess Magazine is tailored for the learning curve, making it the perfect tool for young chess enthusiasts to excel in the game.


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“The American Chess Magazine is the "Mercedes Benz" of chess magazines. There are a plethora of contributors, topics, and well-written articles....something for everybody. The organization layout and color photos are excellent.“

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Cover to cover, my favorite chess publication. It has everything I want to see and the physical quality of each page is outstanding; great pictures that just jump of the page, and print that doesn't come off on your fingers.


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Great job

American Chess Magazine does a great job of covering American chess and Worldwide chess through an American lens.


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The finest

Wanting to support American Chess, I took the leap of faith and subscribed. And I am so glad I did! This is the finest chess magazine I have ever held in my hands and I am 70 years old!


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New York


Stellar condition

Have already shared the magazine at our local chess club. All were impressed. Arrived in stellar condition.


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Love it

I love everything about it. The articles, the strategic lessons, the tournament insights are all thrilling. Can't wait for the next issue!





In general, I do not recommend things. However, I am impressed by the magazine, and I wish it continued success.


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New York


The best

Of all the chess magazines that I have seen in the past, ACM is by far the best. Ads are kept to a minimum so that more space is given to the articles. It does a fantastic job of providing the arm-chair enthusiast with a lot of pertinent info in the world of chess.


Rick R.



Very educational

Ten out of ten! Because the mag is absolutely superlative. Very educational with complexity and easier explanatory analysis. Something for everyone. Plus the stories are great.

20 Awards for American Chess Magazine

American Chess Magazine wins Best Overall Magazine Award!

American Chess Magazine Sweeps CJA Awards 2023
Our pride continues as our Senior Editor, Pete Tamburro, has been honored with the esteemed Chess Journalist of the Year award.

We're elated to share that, in addition to our primary accolade, we've been honored with 14 other awards and honorable mentions. These recognitions span categories like:

  • Best Chess Analysis by Sarunas Sulskis
  • Best Instructive Lesson by Jacob Aagaard
  • Best Historical Article by John Hilbert
  • Best Personal Narrative by Jon Edwards
  • Best Interview by Pete Tamburro
  • Best Tournament Report - Nat/Intl by Irina Krush
  • Best Tournament Report - State/Local by Alex Fishbein
  • Best Print Article by a Junior by Grayson Rorrer
  • Best Single Chess Magazine Cover for ACM #28

...and several other commendations. We're immensely proud of our team's accomplishments.


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Our Authors

The job of our team of experienced editors is merely to create a supportive environment where the work of our chess heroes can shine in full splendor.

Wesley So, Shak Mamedyarov, Jeffery Xiong, Irina Krush, Vassily Ivanchuk, Leinier Dominguez, Susan Polgar, Baadur Jobava, Yuanling Yuan, Pentala Harikrishna, Sam Sevian, Robert Hungaski, Sabina Foisor, Boris Gulko, Joel Benjamin, Alex Fishbein, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Mackenzie Molner, Jon Edwards, Alex Lenderman, Danny Rensch, Rafael Leitao, Carsten Hansen, David Smerdon, Awonder Liang, Jennifer Yu, Andrei Volokitin, Sam Shankland, Julio Sadorra, Eric Hansen, Alisa Melekhina, Jacob Aagaard, Boris Gelfand, Annie Wang, Alex Ipatov, Varuzhan Akobian, Athanasios Mastrovasilis, Ilya Smirin, Vladimir Georgiev, John Fedorowicz, Michael Rohde, Pontus Carlsson, Timur Gareyev, Alisa Maric, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Sarunas Sulskis, Jon Speelman, Ivan Sokolov, Surya Ganguly, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, John Hilbert, Jaan Ehlvest, Hou Yifan, Denes Boros, Mihail Marin, Ernesto Inarkiev, Michael Brown, Praveen Balakrishnan, James Tarjan, Nikola Mitkov, Baskaran Adhiban, Michael Adams, John Burke, Priyadharshan Kannappan, Bassem Amin, S.P. Sethuraman, Yakov Geller, Boroljub Zlatanovic, Igor Khmelnitsky, Piotr Murdzia, Zviad Izoria, Venkat Saravanan, Tatev Abrahamyan, Dennis Monokroussos, Ryan Velez, Tibor Karolyi, Cristian Chirila, Karsten Mueller, Elshan Moradiabadi, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Alina Kashlinskaya, Jorge Cori, Dr. Frank Brady, Romain Edouard, Carla Heredia, Johan Hellsten, Bartek Macieja, Justin Sarkar, Maurice Ashley, Magesh Panchanathan, Alexander Mista, Francesco Rambaldi, Illia Nyzhnyk, Vladimir Belous, Zurab Javakhadze, Patrick McCartney, Grayson Rorrer, Dr. Alexey Root, Christopher Yoo, Peter Prohaszka, Emilio Cordova, Eduardas Rozentalis, Vladimir Georgiev, Alexey Sarana, Anna Zatonskih, Josiah Stearman, Kirk Ghazarian, Zoey Tang...


American Chess Magazine has been launched in November 2016 to help readers keep in touch with all the most significant happenings in the exciting world of present-day chess, both at home and abroad. 

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