American Chess Magazine is "the chess magazine that the chess world needs and deserves!". The winner of six awards and five honorable mentions by the Chess Journalists of America in 2018, this large, beautifully produced magazine not only brings a slew of articles on events with deeply commented games, but includes columns by such legendary players as Seirawan, So, Shahade, Benjamin, Sokolov and many more! If you're interested in American Chess, look no further than American Chess Magazine.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of My 60 Memorable Games, so we thought it appropriate to pay due tribute to the legacy of Bobby Fischer.
In this issue, Fischer’s biographer Dr. Frank Brady recalls episodes from his personal encounters and experiences with the American former World Champion and explains what chess meant to Fischer and what Fischer means to chess.
Following Dr. Brady’s article, readers are invited to look at two authentic testimonials by Lou Hays (USA) and Vladan Dinic (Serbia), who provide first-hand accounts of how Fischer was lured back to chess – and, we might say, also the world at large. After twenty years in isolation, in 1992 Bobby re-emerged from obscurity to play “the Revenge Match of the 20th century” against Spassky in Yugoslavia. Even for readers who are already very knowledgeable about Fischer, these two articles, from both sides of the pond, are warmly recommended as they reveal many little-known facts about his life.
In an exclusive interview for ACM, the legendary Serbian GM Borislav Ivkov – a live witness of the “Fischer era”, shares his personal memories of Bobby Fischer, putting the record straight on what Bobby really said and whether he really invented random chess.
Fischer’s chess legacy is then examined by our regular contributors: GM John Burke presents Bobby’s favorite openings, IM Boroljub Zlatanovic casts light on Fischer’s strategic decisions and GM Alex Fishbein dissects Fischer’s endgame mastery, boldly concluding that “modern chess begins with the eleventh world champion, and that applies to the endgame as much as to anything else.”
GM Joel Benjamin entered his first chess tournament in December of 1972 and fondly remembers the “Fischer Boom” and the impact it had on American chess, which in turn resulted in the rise of a whole new generation of later-to-be grandmasters.
Pete Tamburro and Carsten Hansen give their respective views on the best books written on Fischer, and Pete also challenges readers to find the winning moves from a selection of Bobby’s tactical brilliancies.
The ability to calculate precisely is one of top requirements in modern chess and GM Susan Polgar offers some precious advice on how to cultivate this skill with the help of annotated games from her own rich chess career, and concluding with two test positions. Meanwhile, in his regular “All-Round Training” column, GM Jacob Aagaard presents fresh and testing examples to help improve your chess decision-making skills.
The summer school break is a time when youngsters are offered plenty of choice in terms of attending a chess camp. Our Features Editor, Vjekoslav Nemec, carried out research to help make it easier for parents to decide what is best for their kids. We hope you’ll find enough useful information here to get the most of the opportunities on offer.
Our regular contributor Senior International Master Jon Edwards identifies the needs of correspondence players when preparing their games – whilst also making interesting comparisons between chess and golf!
Present day chess can hardly ignore the use of chess software, large databases, online playing platforms, etc. But, who are the engineers behind all these essential utilities and what challenges do they constantly face? Well, there can be no better person to unravel the mysteries than our special guest Matthias Wullenweber, Mastermind of ChessBase, who shares his views on the past, present and future of chess programming and its importance for the world of chess.
We haven’t forgotten the local stories and are happy to showcase a truly traditional tournament in Virginia, as each year it celebrates both spring and chess under the proud banner of the Cherry Blossom Classic!
Hopefully these 100 pages will be enough to keep you occupied until early September, when issue #13 will bring you reports on summertime chess events.
American Chess Magazine 12 Includes:
How do you see the legacy of Bobby Fischer nowadays?
Bobby's passion for chess was glowing from all over his being
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM BOBBY FISCHER
Dr. Frank Brady
My extraordinary adventure with the World Chess Champion
WHY BOBBY FISCHER CAME BACK IN 1992
The revenge match of the 20 th century
IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE
LET’S PLAY CHESS DETECTIVES!
Fischer’s principled approach to the openings
NOT SO WIDE, YET QUITE DEEP
GM John Burke
Bobby Fischer’s strategic decisions
A FIERCE ATTACKER WITH SUPREME POSITIONAL UNDERSTANDING
IM Boroljub Zlatanovic
Fischer’s Endgame Mastery
THE TEACHER OF AMERICA
GM Alex Fishbein
Interview with the legendary Serbian GM Borislav Ivkov who shares his memories of Bobby Fischer
FANATICISM AND HARD WORK
Musings of an American Grandmaster
BOBBY FISCHER AND THE FISCHER GENERATION
GM Joel Benjamin
MY FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT BOBBY FISCHER
FM Carsten Hansen
Chess Improvement with Susan Polgar
GM Susan Polgar
BOBBY FISCHER’S GEMS
GM Jacob Aagaard invites you to his master class
2019 SUMMER CHESS CAMPS IN THE USA –
IS IT REALLY CHEAPER TO PLAY CHESS RATHER THAN GOLF?
25 QUESTIONS FOR MATTHIAS WULLENWEBER
Mastermind of ChessBase
Dusan Krunic & Josip Asik
FRESH LEAVES FROM THE BOOKSHELF
FM Carsten Hansen
A traditional chess tournament in Sterling, Virginia
CELEBRATING SPRING ...AND CHESS!
GM Michael Rohde
Results from near