Hall of Fame
Daniel Willard Fiske was a major pioneer in chess organization, journalism, literature, and historical preservation whose influence is still felt today. He originated the idea of a nationwide American Chess Congress and helped to make it a reality in 1857. Without this tournament, it is doubtful whether American chess star Paul Morphy would have achieved more than local fame. Fiske’s massive book on the event not only gives the games of the Congress but also deals with the creation of the American Chess Association (a precursor to today’s US Chess) and the author’s important role in standardizing the rules of chess. He was also arguably the most influential early U.S. chess journalist, earning renown through his magazine The Chess Monthly and newspaper column in the New York Saturday Press.