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UKCC 2021 – What’s New?

Has there ever been a new year with so much uncertainty? 2020 has been a tremendously difficult year for so many people and heading into 2021 there is still a great deal of uncertainty for families and businesses. Whilst we are a bit later than usual we...

UKCC 2020 Roundup

The Delancey UK Chess Challenge has come to a close, and what a journey it has been. The pandemic has changed the face of the UKCC this year. We’d like to start by thanking everyone who took part this year for helping us through a time of great turmoil and...

UKCC Tournament Report 27th July

This week seven UKCC tournaments took place. The three age groups of the blitz played and concluded their final preliminary. The second chess960 qualifiers took place on Saturday, again split into three age groups. Finally, the Racing Kings variant events...

UKCC Tournament Report 20th July

Blitz Preliminary 5 The 3+1 blitz preliminary was a chaotic as always. Thousands of games were played over the course of the hour as players tried to balance the quick time controls with careful considered play. At the end, six players came within four...

What’s New – 2020

UK Chess Challenge – New for 2020 “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind” C.S.Lewis Here we’d like to introduce a few of the changes to the competition for 2020 which we hope will help improve the overall experience for players,...

Combination Turnaround

I am enjoying investigating this new book, which has just been published by Russian Chess House. Don't be put off by the unfamiliar writing on the cover; the text inside is given in English too. The unusual aspect about most of the exercises in this book is that they...

British Chess Championships 2019

The 2019 British Chess Championships are happening right now! The venue is the Riviera International Centre in Torquay and the event will run until 4 August. There are lots of sections, as can be seen by clicking here. One good way to improve at chess is to watch the...

Mega Result for Hallfield

Although the UKCC is an individual competition we do like to draw attention to strong performances from schools. In a 'Mega' performance Hallfield School have managed to produce 10 Supremo/as in the 2019 Megafinals - a fantastic achievement. The full list...

Tips and Advice for Players – 2019

Tips and Advice for players Last year I posted some advice for players playing their first Gigafinal (though this advice is still applicable if you have played in one previously). I thought I would update that post and share with the ‘Class of 2019’ as the...