|The following interview was published in The Chess Journalist, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3, Consecutive No. 93, September 1999. One-time only publication rights have been obtained from the contributor. All other rights are hereby assigned to the author. Articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of the CJA, its offices or members. Copyright 1999 by the Chess Journalists of America.|
by Daren Dillinger
The present day Chess Journalists of America is what we go by now. That name change occurred in August of 1980. From 1972 until then, we had been known as the Association of U. S. Chess Journalists. It is not well known that our organizational roots go back to the American Chess Editorsí Association over a century ago.
The September 1885 issue of William Steinitzís The International Chess Magazine mentions the association and goes on to give the names of its officers, with its president P. T. Bull.
Two of Americaís greatest Chess personalities from that era had a hand in the organization. Steinitz served on the committee to draft the organizationís constitution. World Champion Stenitz had come to America just a few years prior. In 1886 the great problem composer Sam Loyd had become Vice-President of the American Chess Editorís Association.
It will be interesting to see where the next century takes us.