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Old November 29th 04, 04:37 AM
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The cover of the December 2004 issue of Chess Life - due to be mailed out Nov.
29 - seems rather odd: a photo of king and queen (figurines?) on a greeting
card stating "Happy Holidays." Is that the best cover the CL editor could come
up with? Wouldn't the readership be more interested in seeing a "chess photo,"
i.e. one depicting a chess personality or personalities, action photo, etc.?
This December cover is certainly not going to win a "chess photo" award,
especially with the Chess Journalists of America, which should have higher
standards than the editor displayed with his decision to use this lackluster
photo.

George Mirijanian
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Old November 29th 04, 08:22 AM
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The cover of the December 2004 issue of Chess Life - due to be mailed out
Nov.
29 - seems rather odd: a photo of king and queen (figurines?) on a
greeting
card stating "Happy Holidays." Is that the best cover the CL editor could
come
up with? Wouldn't the readership be more interested in seeing a "chess
photo,"
i.e. one depicting a chess personality or personalities, action photo,
etc.?
This December cover is certainly not going to win a "chess photo" award,
especially with the Chess Journalists of America, which should have higher
standards than the editor displayed with his decision to use this
lackluster
photo.


George, do you have anything positive to say?


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Old November 29th 04, 12:37 PM
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The cover of the December 2004 issue of Chess Life - due to be mailed out
Nov. 29 - seems rather odd: a photo of king and queen (figurines?) on a

greeting
card stating "Happy Holidays." Is that the best cover the CL editor could
come up with?


Thank goodness he didn't actually mention any of the holidays, cause you know
nobody would be tolerant enough to hear one that they don't celebrate
mentioned.


Wouldn't the readership be more interested in seeing a "chess
photo," i.e. one depicting a chess personality or personalities, action photo,

etc.?
This December cover is certainly not going to win a "chess photo" award,
especially with the Chess Journalists of America, which should have higher
standards than the editor displayed with his decision to use this lackluster
photo.

George Mirijanian



Probably not, but I can think of worse. Remember one from about 1983 that
looked like a kid's drawing, that was a cover story promoting "The First Chess
Mystery"?

Or remember one from about 1985 that was a screenshot from The Cosby Show,
accompanying an article confidently predicting that chess was about to become
big time because the Cosby Show used a set as a prop?

Or remember one from 1987 promoting an article about stacking chess pieces
together?


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Old November 29th 04, 05:48 PM
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Anything's better than another cover with Fischer on it...

Miriling wrote:

The cover of the December 2004 issue of Chess Life - due to be mailed out Nov.
29 - seems rather odd: a photo of king and queen (figurines?) on a greeting
card stating "Happy Holidays." Is that the best cover the CL editor could come
up with? Wouldn't the readership be more interested in seeing a "chess photo,"
i.e. one depicting a chess personality or personalities, action photo, etc.?
This December cover is certainly not going to win a "chess photo" award,
especially with the Chess Journalists of America, which should have higher
standards than the editor displayed with his decision to use this lackluster
photo.

George Mirijanian

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Old November 30th 04, 04:46 AM
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Subject: Odd cover for December Chess Life

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The cover of the December 2004 issue of Chess Life - due to be mailed out
Nov.
29 - seems rather odd: a photo of king and queen (figurines?) on a greeting
card stating "Happy Holidays." Is that the best cover the CL editor could
come
up with? Wouldn't the readership be more interested in seeing a "chess
photo,"
i.e. one depicting a chess personality or personalities, action photo, etc.?
This December cover is certainly not going to win a "chess photo" award,
especially with the Chess Journalists of America, which should have higher
standards than the editor displayed with his decision to use this lackluster
photo.


It's no secret that the USCF is currently seeking applications from individuals
who are interested in becoming the next editor of Chess Life. Resumes are due
by 1 January 2005. Specific responsibilities of the position have been
published and include the following:
"Subject to any guidelines or mandates from the Executive Board or Delegates,
the publications director/editor is responsible for the contents of the
magazine, including choice of covers . . ."
It is hoped that the EB did not "mandate" the December 2004 cover. I doubt very
much that a majority of Delegates would ever mandate such a cover if they had
the opportunity of doing so.
The magazine has a paid consultant. Was he ever "consulted" on the cover chosen
by the editor?

George Mirijanian








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