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Chess Magazines


There are a whole range of chess magazines available both in print or electronically, and I would like to take a look at a few today.

Print Magazines

The magazine I subscribe to is called New in Chess. It is a magazine with comfortable print and it is just the right size - not too thin that I can read it in 5 minutes but not too large that I don't have to dedicate months to read it. New in Chess receives grandmaster annotations from many of the top grandmasters and gives detailed reports on international tournaments. New in Chess receives contributions from players such as Garry Kasparov, Veselin Topalov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Alexei Shirov and Judit Polgar. In fact, Kasparov has his own exclusive column in the magazine. New in Chess gives out 8 issues every year.

There are also other magazines such as the British Chess Magazine and the UK magazine CHESS. You may also want to look to your local magazine. For example, in Australia, the Australian Chess Magazine, which I once published a bunch of annotated games for, is very popular.

Online Magazines

Online magazines are growing in popularity. One in particular that I am fond of is ChessPublishing, which provides theoretical updates on your favourite openings. I subscribed to their French section for a year and found the quality of the content to be excellent. According to IM John Watson, subscribing to such a website is better value for money than actually buying opening books. I you do subscribe, I have found the ebooks in the ChessPublishing archives theoretically out-of-date. The best information is from the monthly updates given by the relevant expert in that opening (often the expert is an international master or grandmaster).

TWIC Theory is another electronic magazine published by The London Chess Center. It is available on the same website that you find the popular free database service The Week in Chess.

ChessCafe isn't really a magazine, but it provides a wealth of free information every month that could well be compiled into a magazine. There are columns by well known chess writers such as Mark Dvoretsky, Tim Harding, Susan Polgar, Hans Ree, Bruce Pandolfini, Karsten Müller, Gary Lane and Carsten Hansen.

Electronic Magazines

This is a format that could be missed. It is kind of mix between print and online in that it is both physical and non-physical. The best example is the popular ChessBase Magazine. When purchased, you are sent CDs for each month's issue. The CD includes grandmaster commentary and regular columns. Top grandmasters that contribute include Anand, Carlsen, Karjakin, Gelfand, Leko, Kasimdzhanov, Leko, Radjabov and Shirov. My favourite columns are by GMs Peter Wells (Strategy) and Karsten Müller (Endgames). These guys produce tonnes of entertaining stuff!

Concluding Notes

I hope I have provided a good overview of chess magazines!

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Posted by Webmaster on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.


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