“Embrace the Quirkiness”-Interview with Pushing Wood Filmmakers

Christian Glawe interviews the filmmakers behind the new chess documentary "Pushing Wood." The film profiles Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and his efforts to popularize chess. 

GM Timur Gareyev To Appear at the National Junior High Champs

GM Timur Gareyev, one of the highest rated players in the country, will be the special guest at the National Junior High Chess Championship.

Best of CLO 2014: Alan Rodenstein on Claudia Muñoz

The #10 article in Best of CLO 2014 is “An Interview with the Ubiquitous Claudia Munoz" by Alan Rodenstein. Judges praised the topical subject matter, and insight into a young American star, also an efficient social media user.

Kasparov Interviewed by Rogoff

Former World Champion, author and human rights activist Garry Kasparov talks with Harvard Economics professor and Grandmaster Kenneth Rogoff about chess and artificial intelligence in this speaker series put on by the Alan Howard Foundation/JW3 Speakers Series.

Best of CLO 2014: Meet the Judges

In our annual Best of CLO countdown, we revisit the best articles of 2014, which you may have missed in the hectic news cycle. Judges include Michael "f-pawn" Aigner and WIM Sabrina Chevannes.

Wesley So Up to #8 in the World

GM Wesley So, who recently changed his federation to the US, is having a great result at Tata Steel Chess, including wins over Aronian and Jobava. Wesley is now #8 in the World on the live rating list. 

Éxito Interview: Hector Hernandez on Mentoring Chicago Youth

Keith Ammann interviews Héctor Hernández, mentor to many young chess players in Chicago's Mexican-American community, and his annual Chicago Latino Chess Championship.

GM Browne Wins Pan-Am Senior

GM Walter Browne won the 2014 Pan-American Senior Championships in Brazil in December with a score out of 6.5/7.

It’s All About Round 8: Kesav on his Road to IM

Kesav Viswanadha writes about earning the IM title at just 15-years-old, and explains how the penultimate eighth round was key on his road to the title.

Chandra on Qatar: Dueling in the Dunes

15-year-old IM Akshat Chandra provides in-depth analysis and reportage from the Qatar Masters, with a special focus on American stars like GMs Sam Shankland and Irina Krush.

The January Check is in the Mail

The first Check in the Mail of 2015 features Barry Endsley, the Michigan State Championship.

Kannappan on the Pan-Ams: Birds and Games

IM Priyadharshan Kannappan talks about his experience at the Pan-American Championships in South Padre Island, covering some of the most interesting games from the event.


Featured Articles

  • GM Wesley So wins first Millionaire Chess Event
  • Make your New Year's Resolution to overcome "Chess Hoarding"!
  • GM Jim Tarjan's return to competitive chess after a 30-year layoff

Coming in the February 2015 issue of Chess Life:
  • GM Magnus Carlsen retains his World Champion's title
  • Dylan McClain gives us the history of The New York Times chess column
  • Harold Dondis' chess fables