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Time For A LIttle Light Reading Perhaps?

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   As I was casually looking through my July 2013 issue of Chess Life, not really taking the time out to read anything I missed over the last few months, some dark clouds came rumbling through and I realized something horrific: I've never actually read any of the issues I've gotten since I got the subscription when I joined the USCF a few years ago!

  

   I keep all of my issues in a bulky, hinge-breaking, 3-ring binder inside a file cabinet drawer, with miscellaneous chess folders in front of it, keeping it company. Now, as a chess fan I find this disturbing, but as a chess journalist, you can add the word appalling to the list. I don't think I've read a single article, whether about the death of Larry Evans or the recent issue about Robert Byrne. A sadness came over me as I remembered how excited I was getting my first issue and telling myself I'm going to read and remember every article. Ha! I guess that was a sham!

  

   I'm not throwing them away, even though they're old news, and I've been pretty well-briefed about chess's comings and goings thanks to the internet, mainly Chessbase. As a chess journalist and someone who would love to write for Chess Life, I feel like my journalistic integrity just got a swift kick in the pants by a Timberland steel-toed work boot. Not fun at all.

  

   So what to do about this dire dilemma? Well, I'm going to try to put a couple of hours aside each day and sit down with a couple of issues (whether I know what happened or not during that month), read the articles, look through the games on profile and try to feel whole again as a fan and journalist. I know it may sound silly or petty or just like a complete waste of time, but time I have since I stopped going to school 20 years ago and my health issues keep me from work. It'll at least be productive and will help get me ready for the Anand/Carlsen match in November.

  

   Wish me luck! I'm about to get attacked by three years of chess magazines with their "knights" battering me into the ground like a hammer to a stake. Laughing

  

   Have a good day everyone and keep cool!

  

   -Mark

Comments


  • 15 months ago

    zealandzen

    I read my first issue only a few months ago and enjoyed it. I've only flipped through them since due to travel. What sort of content do you want more of, less of? 

    Chess.com has some great blogs that could be printed therein. What do you think? Shorter and snappier.

    Hard to see how the ads could disappear. 

  • 17 months ago

    I_Am_Second

    The current Chess Life magazine is trash.  Im sorry for sounding harsh, but its nothing more than a magazine full of ads.  The magazine was awesome in the 70's and 80's, and was full of current chess news.  Todys Chess Life magazine reports on tournaments months after they are over. 

  • 17 months ago

    rumrunner55

    Chess Life? You're being far too rough on yourself. Your initial judgement was right.

  • 17 months ago

    Reshevskys_Revenge

    Good luck!

  • 17 months ago

    RookedOnChess

    NoRematch, he reads so fast, I bet he could do it! lol

  • 17 months ago

    NM NoRematch

    When you finish that I have back issues from 1973.  Wink

  • 17 months ago

    epoqueepique

    Sounds like a great plan, I wish I had time to read the piles of books I've built ... Chess news can't ever be too old to read

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