Yep, I got to say that the magazine change to a bigger size at first gave me a burp. Why? I liked the size because it fit so well on my book shelf for ready availability in research. The new magazine I confess took some time to digest but the articles and material continue to be woven into the quality product that such change I decided, partly due to the trust of the bosses who risk tinkering with a known quality product, deserve a full 5-stars for quality and achievement. What makes this the best chess periodical in my opinion anyway for what it’s worth is the mix of really top notch articles on the passing scene as well as game analysis and tournament results that behind the scenes of such adventure should wet your appetite as it does mine.
Frankly I was unsure if the lst issue of the new bigger size could be easily equalled. Well, surprise–surprise. The 2nd was equal if not superior as the readers of my blog will attest to if they subscribe to New In Chess. If not, then a cry to the world news outlets by the chess audience should seek distribution to the general public. In any case a subscription is worth the rather steep fee.
The world of computer chess geeks make the need (some may say) for a chess book or magazine to be or fast becoming a thing of the past. The high tech now of great chess programs certainly enrich the play and training of chess students and provide enormous entertainment and hours of pleasure trying to whip ’em! But the value of a great magazine or chess book if such were no longer present in the life of chess players soon would find a void for a lasting reference and historical document. Because that is really what a chess magazine or book today, more than ever, makes them of consequence should such be dramatically curtailed. Think about it!
Please excuse my delay in writing as I was hospitalized and was out of commission for a period of time. What spirited me to recover perhaps sooner than later was receiving my copies of the last two New In Chess magazines that kept my spirits high. We are kindredspirits!