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Chess Informant (Sahovski Informator)



since 1966.


GM Aleksandar Matanovic



The biggest names in chess, Garry Kasparov among others, used to say: " We are Children of the Informant." And new generations of world class players are keeping that tradition alive today. We have been reaching out to the entire chess world for half a century.

It is no exaggeration to say that Chess Informant were pioneers in the development of modern chess publishing. We raised the standard of professionalism in both the speed and quality of our published analysis which led to other companies also smartening up their act. Although for a great many years we remained a world leader, later we seemed to be more like a dying dinosaur. But…guess what? The fine old gentleman is back, fresher than ever!



Chess Informant (Serbian: Šahovski Informator) is a publishing company based in Belgrade, capital of Serbia (former Yugoslavia), that periodically produces the book of the same name, as well as the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Encyclopedia of Chess Endings, Opening Monographs, other print publications, and software (including electronic editions of most print publications). Grandmaster Aleksandar Matanović and his associates founded the company in 1966, for the purpose of offering the rest of the world the sort of access to chess information enjoyed by Soviet players. The company has sold three million books in 150 countries.


Chess Informant published two issues per year in a period of 1966-1990 and three issues per year in a period of 1991-2011. Starting from 2012, Chess Informant is set to publishing schedule of four issues per year (March-June-September-December).

Each issue offers several hundred games or fragments of games from master play, mostly annotated by the players themselves. A jury of leading players selects the best games and best theoretical novelties of each issue. These are republished in the next issue often with more extensive annotations. Each volume includes combinations, endings, studies, problems, theoretical surveys and other sections and columns.For two decades prior to the emergence of computer databases, Chess Informant publications were a leading source of games and analysis for serious chess players.The publication routinely appears in the bibliography of texts on specific chess openings and other chess texts.

The Chess Informant has developed a system of codes for the classification of chess openings (ECO code is a trademark of Chess Informant), and the system of symbols that is used as a chess language. Both inventions have set the international standard for organizing chess information and communicating this information across language barriers.