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With great anticipation the chess world awaited the return of Garry Kasparov, the legendary 13th World Champion.

We got the playing style we expected – dynamic, direct, and not shying away from theoretical battles, as American Chess Magazine duly displays in its fourth issue. And there is much more...

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In 2017 we received accolades from Chess Journalists of America Awards in the following categories:

BEST CHESS
MAGAZINE LAYOUT

Best Instructive
Lesson

Best
Analysis

Best
Interview

Why To Choose ACM?

Our goal is only one – to make ACM a superb international magazine. There is no reason why a chess magazine couldn’t be equally good as any mainstream golf or tennis magazine. The chess public deserves the best.

What we did, based on the initial feedback, is best described as a “wow” effect – a state of the art magazine, both in terms of design and substance. And we will consider it a great compliment if readers find it worthy to share the ACM with both their chess and non–chess friends, exhibiting the same pride they feel in being members of the American – and indeed worldwide – chess community!

Educative & Entertaining

American Chess Magazine aims to present chess in all its beauty. While entertaining in typical magazine style, it is essentially focused on the educational aspect.

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American-centric

The ACM relies on many American authors, and keeps the special interest in American players and themes of significance for US chess.

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With International Value

The idea of a "chess magazine as it is meant to be" is that every theme that holds the internal spirit of chess is worthy of our attention.

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Celebrating The Resurgence Of US Chess

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.

Fall edition of the ACM boasts a cover photo of Garry Kasparov, the 13th World Champion!

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Chris Wainscott
Wisconsin

"I ordered the premier issue and eagerly awaited its arrival. I was expecting quite a lot from it, but I still was completely blown away by how good it really was."

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Two distinctive results came out of a recent survey we conducted among chess enthusiasts in the USA. First, they were overjoyed with the recent successes of American chess but, second, they had serious doubts as to whether the achievements of American chess players would ever be recognized at their true worth by the general public.

Therefore, as it also has been amply proven in other fields of sport: We want to make chess attractive in terms of both its creative content and visual presentation. We can then hope that mainstream channels will recognize its inherent qualities and untapped potential. Let’s make chess a game that can be understood by everyone, yet without sacrificing either substance or quality!

Committed To Promoting Our Beloved Game

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 American organizations, clubs and institutions supportive of chess. The ACM will be committed to promoting even wider recognition and greater popularity of our beloved game.

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Why not digital?
Because print is the new king!

Call us old-fashioned. We simply believe that you need to feel the superior quality of the printed copy in your hands!

"The publication is a physical pleasure for those of us who still appreciate non-pixilated productions" – FM Dennis Monokroussos.

  • American Chess MagazineThe ACM is powered by Chess Informant. We have been reaching out to the entire chess world since 1966!
  • American Chess MagazineOur partnership with Chess.com ideally connects online and print around the same vision – to boost chess as a global and widely respected sport and culture discipline.
  • American Chess MagazineWhile we are not planning digital edition (PDF, Kindle and similar), database version for ChessBase or PGN readers is available – as a free bonus for our subscribers!

Proud Of Our Authors
Lineup includes world-class grandmasters

Our authors are either highly respected grandmasters or experts with a strong reputation in their field of chess expertise. We are rejecting the usual boundaries between top, local or youth chess. ACM doesn’t want to be repetitive or formulaic. It’s not about the very same games and tournaments, or closed circles of authors, as in other magazines. We wish to be creative, informative and educational.

Wesley So, Shak Mamedyarov, Yuanling Yuan, Robert Hungaski, Awonder Liang, Sabina Foisor, Boris Gulko, Joel Benjamin, Irina Krush, Mackenzie Molner, Jon Edwards, Danny Rensch, Vassily Ivanchuk, Baadur Jobava, Rafael Leitao, Carsten Hansen, Pentala Harikrishna, David Smerdon, Jennifer Shahade, Andrei Volokitin, Sam Shankland, Julio Sadorra, Eric Hansen, Alisa Melekhina, Varuzhan Akobian, Akshat Chandra, Adrian Mikhalchishin, Dmitry Gurevich, Ilya Smirin, Vladimir Georgiev, John Fedorowicz, Michael Rohde, Pontus Carlsson, Alejandro Ramirez, Timur Gareyev, Jeffery Xiong, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Sarunas Sulskis, Jon Speelman, Piotr Murdzia, Ivan Sokolov, Surya Ganguly, John Hilbert, John Donaldson, Leinier Dominguez, Alex Lenderman, Jaan Ehlvest, Hou Yifan, Denes Boros, Mihail Marin, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alex Fishbein, Nikola Mitkov, Yasser Seirawan...

Testimonials

"Simply a fantastic magazine." — Rick Romero, CA
"Glossy, just beautiful." — Greg Cimmarrusti, GA
"Many contributors, lots of games and analysis." — David Parker, RI

We are thankful to so many early adopters, the majority of whom surprisingly chose subscription over a single issue. If the response by our readers would continue to be so great as it is in the first days of the magazine, we will expand our presence in the years that follow.

What's Inside Issue 04?

With great anticipation the chess world awaited the return of Garry Kasparov, the legendary 13th World Champion. The passage of time did not appear to have changed anything much in Garry’s approach to chess, although his long layoff does seem to have damaged his practical skills. But we got the playing style we expected – dynamic, direct, and not shying away from theoretical battles, as Ivan Sokolov concluded while analyzing the games from Garry’s Back to The Future of Chess...

World No.6, Shak “The Shark” Mamedyarov, who broke through the magical 2800 barrier earlier in the year, was surely a must-have participant at the 5th Sinquefield Cup. However, although he was not invited this time, by way of consolation he now provides exclusive game commentaries for the event, which Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen.

14-year old American prodigy, Awonder Liang, is currently the youngest grandmaster in the world. His latest success came in July when he won the US Junior Championship. That means he will get a ticket for the “premier league” – next year’s US Championship – where he will face the big guys: Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana... Let’s get to know the player who is clearly on the right track to be a future world champion – we interviewed Awonder and asked him to annotate two of his best games from 2017.

Decision Making in Chess, does it sounds familiar to you? This is the revealing book by grandmasters Gelfand and Aagaard that brought a whole new philosophy into the game of chess...And now, exclusively in our magazine, open your mindset to four types of decisions you can take in chess. We are happy to present to you Aagaard’s All-Round Training, written by the only chess author to win all four major book awards.

And there is much more from names such as Ivanchuk, Fedorowicz, Benjamin, Rohde, Hungaski... Check out the contents below – it’s all in the 156 pages of American Chess Magazine 04.

Contents

The American Chess Magazine 04 brings you 156 colorful pages, packed with amazing chess material, ranging from world class play to local and state news and games. Instructive and entertaining games from recent events are presented with outstanding annotations, while special attention is given to overviews of latest trends in the openings, and explanations of practical endgame techniques.


  • GARRY KASPAROV:
    BACK TO THE FUTURE
    GM Ivan Sokolov
  • MAXIME VACHIER-LAGRAVE
    WINS THE SINQUEFIELD CUP
    GM Shak Mamedyarov
  • INTERVIEW:
    AWONDER A WONDER!
    Josip Asik
  • MY BEST GAMES IN 2017
    GM Awonder Liang
  • ALL-ROUND TRAINING
    GM Jacob Aagaard
  • MAGGIE FENG - THE GIRL WITH
    THE DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD
    WIM Yuanling Yuan
  • ROCKY–ESQUE FIGHT
    GM Michael Rohde
  • WHO BROUGHT CHAMPAGNE
    FOR THE US TEAM?
    GM Surya Ganguly and GM Sarunas Sulskis

  • DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
    GM Vassily Ivanchuk
  • SEVIAN BLOOMS
    GM Robert Hungaski
  • WAITING FOR A QUEENSIDE BREAK
    GM John Fedorowicz
  • GREED DOESN’T PAY!
    GM Karsten Mueller
  • ASPHYXIATED PAWNS
    GM Alex Fishbein
  • WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
    THE SCARY FUTURE OF CHESS?
    GM Ernesto Inarkiev
  • FRESH LEAVES FROM THE BOOKSHELF 4
    FM Carsten Hansen
  • TABLEBASES!
    Jon Edwards
  • ONLINE VS OVER-THE-BOARD
    IM Danny Rensch

  • MUSINGS OF AN AMERICAN
    GRANDMASTER
    GM Joel Benjamin
  • SPICE PROGRAM AT WEBSTER UNIVERSITY
    Chris Wainscott
  • TWO NEW U.S. IMS!
    Bryce Tiglon
  • INTERVIEW:
    25 QUESTIONS
    FOR DEWAIN BARBER
    Pete Tamburro
  • WISCONSIN CHESS, NOT CHEESE!
    GM Denes Boros
  • CHESS ACROSS AMERICA
    GM Mackenzie Molner
  • TOURNAMENT REVIEW
    USA & Abroad
  • WHERE GRANDMASTERS
    ADVISE YOUNG PLAYERS
    WGM Jennifer Shahade

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Letter from the Managing Editor

I’m writing to you to invite you to participate in an exciting venture for American chess. The first issues have been greeted with enthusiasm. Over a dozen American grandmasters are writing for the magazine. Here’s hoping that you will see that this is a magazine American chess deserves in this renaissance we are experiencing.

It’s a chess adventure. Read the magazine. Get in touch. I’d love to hear your thoughts and get your contributions. Be part of something special!

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