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Chess.com Launches The Master's Bulletin, Again!

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12/18/13, 11:03 AM.

This month Chess.com launched a PDF & PGN magazine called The Master's Bulletin, our first and only "subscription based" product, available for purchase separately from our premium membership products. As the editor, in this news post I'd like to inform you about this new magazine (which isn't completely new).

The Master's Bulletin will have articles on openings, middlegame and endgame as well as background stories. The magazine will be 20-30 pages, and will appear once a month. The authors will be GMs and IMs from around the world.

The price of this new magazine will be $7.99 for one issue / $39.99 for 6 months / $69.99 for one year. In Euros that is 5.85 for one issue / 29.25 for 6 months / 51.25 for one year. The first issue of The Master's Bulletin was published yesterday. Each issue should appear around the 15th of every month.

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A similar magazine (with the same title!) was "tested" this summer, but this was only about openings and distributed to our titled members. You can find the archive of the The Master's Bulletin here. But, as said before, from now on it will be bigger and not for free anymore!

The Master's Bulletin, December 2013

For the first issue we immediately did something... different! We have created a special world championship issue that is bigger than normal. We have set ourselves the goal to produce a monthly magazine between 20 and 30 pages, but this month we got GM Dejan Bojkov to write an extra long, special featured article on the critical moments of the historic Anand-Carlsen match! He analyzed very thoroughly and delivered a magnificent piece on which he must have spent many hours.

It was a much-awaited match, and now that it has finished it can certainly be called historic. That’s why we decided that this month’s theoretical opening articles had to deal with Anand-Carlsen as well. GM Sergei Tiviakov wrote about the 4.d3 line of the Berlin Ruy Lopez, and GM Alexander Ipatov delved into the complications of the Sämisch Nimzo-Indian. (You will notice that these two articles have some overlap with Bojkov's piece, but that shouldn't really matter because Tiviakov and Ipatov focus more on the opening and besides, it might be interesting to compare the opinions of different GMs!)

Two former ChessVibes editors, IMs Arthur van de Oudeweetering and Robert Ris, are more or less continuing their columns from a previous magazine called ChessVibes Training. Arthur has selected a game (or rather two!) from the European Team Championship in Warsaw, Poland and reminds us of a famous story from the 1955 Goteborg Interzonal. From the same tournament comes an instructive ending analyzed by Robert, who will also take care of nine tactical exercises each month.

We finish each magazine with three instructive endgame studies selected by IM Yochanan Afek, another co-editor of the ChessVibes.com website. These studies will not appear there anymore.

All in all, we hope that we can provide you with interesting opening, middlegame and endgame material that should be especially useful for the ambitious, practical player! 

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  • 12 months ago

    tucumcari

    Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  • 12 months ago

    ealdor

    This was always a subscription product over at chessvibes, paid for by those who found it worthwhile. Now that chessvibes has merged into chess.com, we who pay for premium membership will continue to receive all the same benefits and can pay an additional fee for the work of those who compile these bulletins (just as we could have done previously at chessvibes). Nothing has changed, really.

  • 12 months ago

    xlote

    Seems clear to me.

  • 12 months ago

    xlote

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  • 12 months ago

    NM SamCopeland

    I don't necessarilly agree with the opinion that the bulletin should be free to premium members. I think it might make sense to make it free. If it is of sufficiently high level with highly theoretical opening columns and such, it might be a real incentive to get more titled players invelved on chess.com.

    However, I think that it might be quite a good long term move for chess.com to dip into publishing and selling bulletins, books, chess clocks and other content like chessbase and other chess companies do. The bulletin and http://shop.chessvibes.com/ site suggests they want to do that. I would not think such content should be free to members, but I do think it should be priced competitively.

    I also think that chess.com needs to make it clear to members what their membership fee does and doesn't cover. Previously, I thought it covered everything chess.com produced.

  • 12 months ago

    xlote

    Everyone has such an 'Entitlement' viewpoint. Chess.com is a business; businesses succeed or fail in part by proper price setting.  They'll figure it out or go out of business.

    Complaining that it should be free for premium members is laughable. Why don't you ask for a free lunch every day along with the Bulletin? lol

    They just created a brand new service (the Bulletin) and new people (from chessvibes) are dedicated to producing it. Chess.com, unlike the government can't print money.

    If they make the Bulletin part of the premium memberships, the price of those will go up.  Chess.com clearly views this as an extra feature you can purchase, as if it were a Diamond plus level membership.  This allows the buyer to choose what level he wants to pay for, instead of being forced to pay more for some services they might not like (see Obamacare).

  • 12 months ago

    Gert-Jan

    it is way too expensive. Besides that, we premium members already pay so this should be free for premium members.

  • 12 months ago

    titust

    Too expensive!Frown

  • 12 months ago

    Jackster8172

    I agree with Sam. This should be free for Premium Members.

  • 12 months ago

    Alexdelaware

    lol, this is too expensive! what are they smoking!

  • 12 months ago

    Eternal_Patzer

    At the VERY least Chess.com should give this to the Premium Members for a year and see if it generates any buzz/traction.  That's just good marketing.

    Otherwise all you've got is an overpriced, watered down version of what other people are already doing - and it's going to die from lack of interest.

  • 12 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Yes, this product would attract and maintain diamond memberships. 

  • 12 months ago

    asm64

    yo. should be free for diamond members. chessdotcom might well make more cash from increased diamond membership than from the stand alone product.

  • 12 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Relative to NIC, chesspub and Chess Informant offerings, how is this better or equivalent to what they offer?  I agree with Sam.

    ICC membership for a year (especially when they do 10-20% discounts around holidays) costs less than this magazine subscription --- although, true, they do not annotate the games for you on the pgns given on their videos.

  • 12 months ago

    Gannicus_The_God2

    I agree it should be free for premium members..... and I agree with sam as well... that is expensive....

  • 12 months ago

    NM SamCopeland

    I like the idea of a regular bulletin, and I'm sure it is very fine work, but 7.99 for 20-30 pages is ridiculously expensive.

  • 12 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Should be free for premium members! 

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