John Watson


U.S. Chess

Hall of Fame

Inducted 2022







John Watson is one of the greatest writers in the history of American chess. Among the many important books he has authored during the past four decades are the groundbreaking Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy (2002) and Chess Strategy in Action (2003). He authored seminal works on the English Opening and French Defense. A frequent contributor to Chess Life since the 1970s, Watson is well-known for his insightful book reviews. He was a pioneer in early internet journalism, with weekly shows including “Chess Talk with John Watson” for the Internet Chess Club.  An international master, Watson was the first U.S. National High School champion and a U.S. Chess Championship participant. He has a lifetime of experience in chess teaching and coaching.

Chess Life, Vol. 24, No. 5

May 1969

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Chess Enterprises

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The Incredible Adventures of Chessman: Treachery in Transylvania!


Writer: IM John Watson

Artist: Svein G. Myreng

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