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World Champions of 2018

A short time ago we posted about the World Chess Championships of 2018. Both champions managed to retain their titles after tough struggles in both competitions. Congratulations to women's champion Ju Wenjun, who won a KO tournament, and to Magnus Carlsen who defeated...

Launch of Chess Laboratory

We are delighted to announce that the ‘Chess Laboratory’ is now live! We are lucky to have so many great chess resources available online now – and we will be providing links to the best resources within the Chess Laboratory. However, we felt what was...

2018 World Chess Championship

The 2018 World Chess Championship starts today at The College, Holborn, London. Champion Magnus Carlsen will play 12 games against challenger Fabiano Caruana in what should prove to be a very tough match indeed. The official website can be found here. Further reports...

London Chess Conference

The 6th London Chess Conference, organised by ChessPlus, will be held in London on the weekend of 8-9 December. The theme of the conference is The Future of Chess in Education and many speakers are being assembled to deliver high-quality material. Of particular...

Women’s World Chess Championship 2018

The forthcoming World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, which will take place in London later this month, has already been mentioned on this blog and further coverage will follow in due course. With excellent timing, there begins...

Qxf7 Checkmate

Back in June, we focussed on the four-move checkmate (often called ''Scholar's Mate'') and said we would return to see how easily it can be prevented. It seems the update will be too late for some, as examples of this early catastrophe are still coming through - event...

Carlsen v Caruana – Part 1

Unlike some other modern individual sports – such as tennis and golf – the best chess player in the World is determined through the ‘World Championship Cycle’ rather than a ranking system or a series of ‘Majors’. Chess does have a ranking system – and...

London Chess Classic Details Announced

The full details are now available for the 2018 London Chess Classic, the flagship event of Chess in Schools and Communities, which will run from Saturday 8 - Tuesday 18 December. The Classic itself is also the final of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and will feature...