American Chess Magazine Issue 1
US Golden Dream Team
The American Chess Magazine comes to you at the end of 2016, on the crest of a wave that has provided the biggest boost to the US chess since the early 1970s, when Bobby Fischer claimed the world title from Boris Spassky.
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.
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.
American Chess Magazine Issue 2
The Sky's the Limit
The magazine turns the spotlight on the fantastic winning streak of Wesley So at the Wijk Aan Zee and London super-tournaments, as well as reporting on Hikaru Nakamura’s triumph at the Gibraltar Masters. Moreover this issue takes a very detailed look back at the Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship match in New York and even features a seven page anecdotal review of past champions and challengers, spanning two centuries of chess history.
The American Chess Magazine brings you 152 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.
The ACM has an impressive list of contributors, including: Yasser Seirawan, Joel Benjamin, Alex Fishbein, Jeffery Xiong, Alex Lenderman, Mackenzie Molner, Jaan Ehlvest, Nikola Mitkov, Leinier Dominguez, Rafael Leitao, Alejandro Ramirez, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ivan Sokolov, Baadur Jobava, Denes Boros, Mihail Marin, Pontus Carlsson, Ernesto Inarkiev, Hou Yifan, Brian Wall, Carsten Hansen, Danny Rensch, Jon Edwards, and more!
American Chess Magazine Issue 3
ACM issue #3 brings diverse chess material including an extensive report on the strongest ever 2017 US Championships that is enriched with the exclusive annotations by both winners – Wesley So and Sabina Foisor!
Regular columns present highly instructive and amusing work by Vassily Ivanchuk, Ivan Sokolov, Jaan Ehlvest, Joel Benjamin, Alex Fishbein, Michael Rohde, Mackenzie Molner, Jon Edwards, Danny Rensch and Carsten Hansen.
Interesting articles and interviews by Varuyhan Akobian, Alisa Melekhina, Ernesto Inarkiev, Ilya Smirin, Akshat Chandra, Karsten Mueller, Gennady Sagalchik, Joshua Colas, Pete Tamburro, John Hilbert, Daniel Parmet.
American Chess Magazine Issue 4
Garry back to the future
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.