As announced at the 2019 Delegates Meetings, US Chess has been working on digitizing its archive of Chess Life and Chess Review magazines (as well as titles such as Chess Life & Review). This project is now complete and the archive is now online and available for download by the general public.
The digital archive includes all Chess Life / Chess Review / Chess Life & Review issues in fully searchable PDF format, save a rolling ‘paywall’ of the most current 12 months of Chess Life, which are only available to US Chess members. Each month, a new PDF will be added to the public archive. This archive is available to the general public at no charge as part of our non-profit educational mission to empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.
Virtually all the important events in chess history from 1933 to the present day have been covered in Chess Life / Chess Review / Chess Life & Review. And this includes coverage of both American and international events. From AVRO 1938 to Fischer’s victory over the Russians in 1972 to Caruana’s run at the title in 2018, it’s all here, and it’s free for you to download and enjoy.
Please note that these PDFs are for personal and research use only. If you wish to use them beyond the “fair use” provision of U.S. copyright law, then you must seek the permission of US Chess by writing to US Chess Senior Director of Strategic Communication Dan Lucas.
Additionally, please be aware that during the initial months of this release, we expect download traffic to be heavy and this could affect the download speed and availability; please be patient. Should you not wish to download these files yourself, US Chess Sales plans to sell an external hard drive preloaded with the files. No availability date has been announced yet.
We hope you enjoy this archive and that it aids in your research efforts. If you notice any errors or corrupt files, please notify us at [email protected].