The United States Chess Federation has launched a grand spanking new website. This move follows the launch of a new look Chess Life magazine. At this time, it looks like the migration effort is not entirely complete as there are still outbound links to the old website all over the place.
While this USCF's brand new site is impressive in design, it would not be by recommended approach to the Australian Chess Federation (once this mob actually gets around to updating their site to a more professional standard). The US site just smacks too much of being a brochure for the Chess Life magazine. I tend to prefer a "newsy" approach with the latest news, updates, tournament photos right up front on the homepage.
But what the Americans did, they did well. You just have to love the free magazine content. (Why doesn't the Australian Chess Magazine do this?) We can also read bios of America's top players. I wonder, however, why Jennifer Shahade doesn't appear in the top women's list section.
Our good mate over at the Boylston blog has posted a lengthier review. They give the USCF's effort with a grade of B+.