American Chess Bulletin

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The American Chess Bulletin was a revered chess periodical, published monthly from November through April and bimonthly from May through October. It originated in 1904 and continued its run until 1963. The magazine’s operations were conducted from the bustling city of New York. The distinguished Hermann Helms (1870–1963) founded the American Chess Bulletin and served as its editor until his death. After Helms’ demise, the publication came to a halt.

The maiden issue of the Bulletin, produced in collaboration with Hartwig Cassel, was an elaborate report on the esteemed Cambridge Springs tournament of 1904. The magazine’s content transcended mere reporting on chess events; it included news of the regional chess organizations that eventually amalgamated to form the United States Chess Federation. After 1933, the North American Chess Reporter was incorporated with the Bulletin. Notable chess personalities, such as Samuel Reshevsky, were among those who contributed articles to the magazine.

In addition to Hermann Helms, the American Chess Bulletin saw other eminent individuals serve as its editors. Hartwig Cassel held the position from 1904 to 1917, and Edgar Holladay from 1956 to 1963. The magazine was described as being “Devoted to the Interests of all Branches of the Royal Game, Home and Abroad,” reflecting its comprehensive coverage of chess activities. It held the status of the official publication of the United States Chess Federation until 1933.{{Categories}}

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